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The concept of being queer has been assigned interestingly diverse connotations across cultures. A collective pervasive uneasiness has been observed in certain cultures and religions towards the LGBTQ community. Likewise, certain other cultures advocate an unbiased acceptance of the said community.  Christianity for instance, denounces homosexuality, declaring it a sin. However, quite a few Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism do not explicitly stigmatize Homosexuality. In fact, the Vedas acknowledge the existence of a third sex. The paper intends to observe that ‘Gender’ especially in ancient oriental culture is treated as being merely “performative”, like how Judith Butler opines in her book, “Gender Trouble”. Anatomy does not shackle the characters from Hindu Puranas to gender driven roles. Vishnu assuming the role of Mohini and Arjuna that of Brihannala is an evident testimony to the truth in Butler’s concept of ‘Gender performativity’. However, not all cultures view Gender as an “Act” that has to be performed. Christian countries, guided by the Bible which considers Homosexuality an “abomination”, were surely not kind to the Queer community. This paper intends to study how the interchange of cultures during colonization affected the contemporary treatment of LGBTQ issues in these countries. Similarities and differences in sexual and gender practices, categories, and meanings will be decoded in present study.

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