Every year May 17th is celebrated as the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia to mark how far many societies have come to empower people of all sexualities and genders.
According to a 2014 report by GLADD, gay men make up 46% of the LGBT representation in the media, while the percentage of lesbian characters sits at 30%. Those few characters that do make it to the big screen are heavily defined by stereotypes.
Vyjayanti Vasanta Mogli, a transwoman LGBT activist and public policy scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, who has openly spoken about her abuse at school, says that lesbian women and transmen in rural areas end up at the bottom of the hierarchy when it comes to basic human rights within the unit of family and village.
In the Rigveda, while talking about the Samsara, it says 'Vikruti Evam Prakriti', which means what seems un-natural is also natural.
The Pregnant King is story of men and women who are oppressed by a society founded on an unbending code of ethics, something that is extremely relevant even today.
It was her depression that ultimately caused her to claim her life. “The only way I keep afloat is by working,” Woolf confessed. “Directly I stop working I feel that I am sinking down, down.”
Virginia Woolf came up in our lectures for being an important feminist writer of all time. When I found myself unable to read the rest of her works without prejudice, I realised what I had to do.
Statistics suggest the number of buyers on websites that deal in adult toys is increasing by the day.
Over the years, creative heads have been trying to be more inclusive with their works. Artists have started coming out in the open, or have begun writing in or creating important characters that belong to the community.
It’s that time of the year, when we start to take a long, hard look at our life through the year and think of the resolutions that we definitely won’t keep.
Evolution of queer representations in films (from the movie Fire to Kapoor And Sons) , and what does that say about what to expect in the future.
Stories of love, sexuality, and everything in between seem to be gaining the support of publishers, writers and readers.
I have always wondered how it is that we go from not knowing anything at all to understanding that boys and girls are different.
Media is often considered the mirror that is reflective of the society, which means that it shows us—often with dramatic plot lines—the reality of the world.