Whether it's sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religion... we have many facets to our identity. What parts of our identity are most important to us? How does it feel when others make assumptions about who we are? What happens when our own sense of ourselves begins to shift? ... Identity can be a touchy thing, not in the least because people are always trying to tell us who we are in both subtle and not...-so-subtle ways, even within our own LGBT community.
So there we were showcasing our popular traits; Ruswa and her Colgate smile, whereas yours truly was almost ready to dish out her gyaan on how to attract Quality women & Quantity women, depending on what one is running after. (Please Note: Gaysi recruiters are selfless creatures, who stop at nothing to accomplish their goals). Needless to say, in 30 minutes, our prospect was ready to have “Gaysi” tattooed on his forehead.
The weekend is here and honestly I don’t want to be thinking about Gaysi. For once. No seriously off late the women in my life are complaining. They need my attention and so in the name of social service I say it’s time my knickers stops here...and goes offline. But I promise to be back before you say the word “boo”....well not literally.
However a sexy editor is gotto do what she’s gotto do, and so here’s a quick re-cap of some headliners from the Queer world this week.
What you have here is a simple interweaving of different projects such that there arises a dialogue, one that continues to engage Fabien.
Azaad Bazaar presents Book Reading with acclaimed author R.Raj Rao of his new book Hostel Room 131.
With almost 5 months to go for Pride March on 30th Jan, 2011 the Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) committee has called for a meeting with all organizations, individuals and fellow queer friends concerned.
The Technical Advisory Committee constituted by Registrar General has recommended inclusion of transgender community in the census as a separate gender and not as males as is the present practice. In an RTI reply to Dr SE Huda of Bareilly based-NGO SSFA-ESFI, the Registrar General has said that the that the TAC has recommended a separate category for the transgender community of the country.
Penguin Books India, Bombay Dost and Crossword cordially invite you to the launch of R Raj Rao's 'Hostel Room 131' by noted filmmaker Onir.
At Gaysi, we love Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil. In fact we believe there could be no other better mascot representing the Desi-Queer community, at home and internationally. Anything said in his praise would still fall short in comparison to ground reality, so it’s best to just leave such things at the mercy of the mighty Google search. Simply type in his name and in matter of minutes you would have found yourself a new Idol (if he isn’t already).
But (yes there’s always one these lying around somewhere)....his recent media byte at the launch of his magazines targeting the Gay community has got me thinking a little tangent.
The city of Kovai celebrates it's very first month long Pride Festival, concluding with a Pride March on the 27th.
In commemoration of Gandhi Jayanti and to denounce British colonial laws worldwide, laws that criminalise adult consensual sex The Delhi FrontRunners and Walkers (DFR) have organized Freedom Run.
Last year we were told that our application wasn't processed because of a clerical error, per FIA president Nirav Mehta, so this year we followed up on it several times. Finally, we realized that they were going to continue to ignore us so we informed the press and several politicians who are LGBT civil rights allies and straight South Asian community leaders. After press inquiries and pressure from politicians and community leaders, the FIA finally allowed us to march, on Friday, with less than 48 hours to the parade.
B.I.G Team presents Bad Is Good, Gay friendly parties.
Cost: For those who are not drinking alcohol, cost of Rs650 covers unlimited soft drinks and choice of 4 v and 4 n-v starters. Rs750 buys the same + 2 small drinks. Extra drinks at Rs50 for a small drink, beer, etc.
The idea of pleasing God with an act or object was curious to me growing up, especially when I would when I consider what these specific, pleasing actions and objects were. The first story I wrote for this project discusses how my parents didn’t cut my hair for my first two years of life because it was to be offered as a sacrifice to God. Cheekily, I called this story “God Loves Hair” and as the project developed, I knew that this would also be the title of the book.
A film by Harish Iyer, or Aham. Its a courageous film that takes on the issue of child sex abuse and how queer kids get specially signalled out for this (they do NOT turn out queer because of the abuse - that's a lie spread by homophobes which is one of the most vicious aspects of child sex abuse).
Ek myan mein do talwar nahi reh sakti, a very popular phrase you have heard of, for sure. Now one can only imagine the intensity of a given situation, if a teesari talwar is introduced in the very same myan. Stretch a little further and replace the myan with Gaysi’s Admin house.
The bitter reaction from certain section of the desi gay community is completely justifiable. The commercial is insulting by all means. After all, it does portray homosexual men as sluts… as men who have not a penny’s worth of integrity and would stoop to any level at the slightest hint of sexual intimacy.