Archive for the month January 2011

I’m Still Standing

It's been over a month since I've returned to London, from my trip to India. I've been wanting to write about what happened there with my parents, but haven't been able to bring myself to do it. I think I'm finally ready.

Guess Which Gaysi Came To Dinner?

I questioned Curly about her implicit trust in me. Apparently Curly trusted me oodles coz I was from the Gaysi Family. That right folks, people in this family can be trusted. Tell us all your secrets.

Going Retro…

The truth is the more I read, the more I am convinced that straight, bi or flamingly gay, at the heart of it, all relationships are human and hence, essentially the same. We all play the same games, suffer the same insecurities, love the same jerks, endure the same heartbreaks, incur the same losses and celebrate the same victories.

Performance by Dancing Queen

Come 28th January 2011 the stars in the sky above the amphitheater at the famous Carter Road, Bandra will have to shine harder to been seen, cos here come the Dancing Queens!

QAM Presents Panel Discussion on Gay Marriage

Marriage is deeply engrained in Indian culture. Single people are looked at with suspicion or pity. Even strangers feel able to ask you casually if you are married, and feel sorry for you if you say you are not. When most gays and lesbian children come out to their families, the one biggest fear that their parents have is how will they manage without a long term partner.

A Call To Straight Desis

While our rates of suicide, homelessness, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, and assault are high we need straight desis to be aware and there for us. We need them to have it on their radar and to be speaking up for us. We need them to be brave too because we won’t always be strong enough.

Republic Gay

Here's a brilliant photograph of the headline from Hindustan Times on the 28th of January 1950, that Aneela shared with me, that I just HAD to post here.

Reader Question

I'm a woman who has doubted my sexuality for quite a while now. I've finally after a lot of thought boiled it down to that I'm a bisexual who prefers men more than women. How common is this sort of orientation?

QAM Music Concert

Listen to Mumbai's best Queers and Queer supporter bands playing for QUeer Azaadi Mumbai's Pride week this January.

The Winner Is…

Thank you all for participating in the T-Shirt slogan contest! We got a lot of great slogans both here, as comment, and on Twitter. They ranged from witty to profound to defiant and silly.

The Desperate Lesbians

Pink money is flowing in. There are so many queer themed parties in the city and it is difficult to make a choice. The apple bar party every Tuesday, the sink sight Ladies night – every Friday and oh the starry ones with expats, every fortnight. Where there was a dearth of avenues to meet queer people, suddenly you find yourself with many choices. Sexy, isn’t it?

Book Review: Pink Sheep

If you are looking for a book with the typical dramatics usually associated with the narration of a gay story, this is not the book for you. The writing while subtle and restrained in emotional expression remains provocative enough to warrant some time just mulling over the situations represented in a very fluid manner.

Book Reading : Pink Sheep @ AzaadBazaar

The eighteen stories in this collection are prize winners in their own way. Each story deals with relationships – love, confusion, contentment, desire, fear, hurt, happiness, bitterness, victory, or loss – in a slightly different context. Natarajan highlights different aspects of gay life, and shows how these men yearn for the same things everybody yearns for – acceptance and a fulfilling life.

23rd January, 2011 : QAM Mela

Be it lucky draw for prizes, fancy outfit auction or Improv Comedy Theatre workshop, Hair and Make up workshop or learning to dance Jazz , it’s all under one roof. If you are in no mood to be participative, you can get clicked by our photographer with funky Rainbow props, do a tarot card reading or buy a variety of Queer Books, chic clothes and funky jewellery (credit card facilities available).

I Can Do Chicken Biryani…

My parents left India more than 20 years ago, and still view “India” and “being Indian” as what that meant some 20-odd years ago. India has modernized, but my Indian parents have not. While I was born in the states, that means very little as far as who my parents expect me to be – they still expect a sati savitri daughter. While my cousins in India can wear mini-skirts, I’m barely allowed to go out in short sleeves. My one body piercing, when it was discovered, caused quite the uproar, followed by lots of praying on their part – and lots of eye-rolling on mine.
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