Ira Sachs is one of a few independent directors creating interesting stories that adeptly discuss homosexuality.
I guess in my teens I realised that I was different from others, over the years the gay identity emerged.
The themes I have explored have to do with forgiveness. The book also uses themes from Buddhist philosophy.
My films Logging Out, Book of Love, Curtains represent the current LGBT scenario in India.
Art is a strong medium that can be used to stand against societal wrong doings- to fight.
Baaraan Ijlal's work always has to do with gender and queerness in some way, and gives us great pleasure to introduce her to the Gaysi audience.
In my early 20s I remember hiding behind the term ‘bi’ for a while & then eventually coming to terms with the fact that I only really do like boys.
I was counseled by Bombay Dost when I was 18. I was on the scene when there was no internet and no party scene; it was a different time then.
I'd heard there was a gay pride event going on and was impressed that it was happening in a country that has become known as 'the world's worst place to be gay.'
Shazad Hai is the MSM Outreach Coordinator at ASAAP where he coordinates HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention based programming for self-identified South Asian queer men and is the lead on the “Colour Me Queer” project.
I came out to myself somewhere between seventh and ninth grade; it’s a bit fuzzy and I think it happened in pieces.
Queer lives are becoming increasingly visible in writings and art, in demanding for rights, in challenging the law, in voicing protests, in starting organisations, in making an online presence; robust, vibrant and diverse voices are being heard in India and South Asia. This book is an attempt to add to those voices.
My first girlfriend outed me when we were 13. I told her that I loved her. She asked me what I meant by that - whether I loved her in the same way a guy loves a girl.
We learned to communicate and not be afraid of difficult topics. Even though we have our fights and disagreements, our lives fit seamlessly together.
Whoring for a cause is something that all of us should engage in, though the flip side is that people would brand you as using the cause for getting famous.
My ex girlfriend who was apparently straight and was always discreet about our relationship always introduced me to her friends/family as her “Gay Best Friend”. At first I was pretty cool about it but after a certain point it was one of the major reasons for our break up.
I feel like everyday the book surprises me. Last year it was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was picked up by several post-secondary institutions as a text book. Consequently, the first run sold out in just a little over a year and I am currently getting ready for the release of the second edition which features a new story and illustration.
It is easy to plan the “perfect date,” but it is hard to have the perfect date. To me a perfect date isn’t about what we do but rather about how we do it. The best dates are the ones that organically plan and reveal themselves.
I have planned and been on of lot of dates that were meant to be “perfect” and usually everything that could possibly go wrong did. I’m pretty low maintenance but my perfect date is all about the feeling behind it and who it is with – not what the date is.
All the trials and tribulations made me a stronger Indian woman. Despite all the clichés people may associate with pageants and the idea of feminine Desi women, through Miss India I was able to stand proudly as a dignified, educated, Indian woman who understands how my heritage and culture empowers my identity. As time goes on, there is an increasing visibility for feminine lesbians. Sometimes people are less likely to assume we are gay because of stereotypes associated with gay women.
I know I know…MJ announcing a Valentines Special *anything* is as good as BJP-Shiv Sena collation promising a corruption free existence in Mumbai in the upcoming BMC elections.