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News and latest happenings in India and around the world affecting Queer lives.

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Q Fest 2011 in Pune Needs Funds!!

Open Space, Birds of a Feather, The Queer Chronicle and a group of very enthusiastic volunteers worked tirelessly for 3 months to create Pune’s first queer film festival, The Q Fest’10. The festival was attended by over 400 people on both days.

Pink Shades at MAMI

Gone are the days when a gay man was always a limp-wristed comic character who was ridiculed, shunned or beaten up. Even mainstream actors are not afraid to play out gay, lesbian, transgender character or situation. But do these characters have depth and detailing, or are they merely for a sensational spin? Where does censor become an impediment in depicting something meaningful and serious? And do they have an audience at all?

Non-hijra Transgenders Struggle For Identity

Hijra isn’t the only transgender identity. There are others, such as female-to-male transgenders, who don’t draw attention to themselves, and struggle to find recognition as anything but a ‘deviant’ community, …

GB Party (Mumbai) Cancelled : Moral Policing Continues…

That day the venue was visited or called by (a) the excise department, (b) the entertainment tax department, (c) the guys in charge of the public performing license (for the DJ music) and (d) a group of plainclothes guys, from which part of the police is unclear, who walked up to the manager and asked if there was a gay party (chakke log ka party) there that night, and when the manager said yes, he was told he better cancel it or there would be trouble.

Global Queer Desis

The creators/organizers are asking for everyone to contribute any knowledge they may have about queer desi resources, publications, and so on. It seems that the South Asian countries they are including are Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (and the diaspora), but there is no harm in contributing any knowledge of resources in the other South Asian countries.

We Are Everywhere : Iran LGBT community

A group of LGBT Iranians have posted videos of themselves on Facebook in a campaign to highlight the discrimination against sexual minorities in Iran where homosexuals are put to death.

Spotlight On Iran: Three Men Executed

South Asia is not a predictable or cohesive collection of countries, especially in regards to queer people’s human rights. While India and Nepal are making strides in regards to LGBTQ human rights, there are other parts of South Asia where the threat to queer people’s danger is more blatant.

Politics & Partying [Our World This Week]

A while ago there was the gay Pakistani couple in New Zealand with family issues, but there doesn’t seem to have been too much drama going on in our world as of late. Trust that I’m pleased, but I find that hard to believe, so let me know if I’m missing any important news!

Double Life : Upcoming Television Show

From the Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary?series, “Intervention” comes a new series about people who are living?double lives. We are searching for people who are tired of keeping their secret?from their family, friends, and loved ones. We are only looking for?people who are genuinely interested in finding healing in their lives. ?
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