All these initiatives, while working in different areas and on different platforms, strive to work on building a better base for mental health awareness and treatment all over India, and not just in metropolitan cities.
From gymbods to activists to bloggers – the trans community has a Prince Charming for all your wishes!
However, being an Indian, I was most immediately affected by the character and development of Kala, a Mumbai based pharmacist. While other characters deal with a complex past, violence, prison and its threat, homophobia, gang wars and poverty, the main conflict in Kala's life is marriage to her boss's son.
With your sexuality not being seen as something criminal, you are also viewed as equals, and no longer would you face discrimination based on your sexuality
The depiction of queer relationships in media works as an agent of social sexualization and is particularly more influential in the Indian society where sex is not discussed, even for educative purposes.
First published in the Urdu literary journal Adab-i-Latif, Lihaaf became one of the most controversial texts of its time, with Chughtai being called to trial on charges of obscenity.
This piece is about three valiant non-binary and trans individuals who battled many adversities in their lives, from family pressure to bullying, homelessness, poverty, and loneliness.
Shals Mahajan, a writer, and a queer feminist fellow who lives in Bombay had to withdraw from a Children’s Writing Festival they were invited to because the organisers of the fest did not approve of the bio they submitted.
The artwork that graced out instagram feeds deserve a story of their own, and here are some of our favourites.
Through the zine, which features more than 15 inspiring, empowering, and fascinating stories brilliantly depicted with a smattering of quirk, we hope to spark a conversation or two and possibly introduce some unorthodox role models, increasing the visibility of queer characters among popular tales that we hear ever so often.
‘Desi Drag King Project’ is a collaborative project aimed at breaking gender stereotypes and empowering women.
Manaveeyam Queer Fest was also laced an exhilarating a well-executed fashion show for trans men who displayed some top-notch costumes.
Both popular and not so popular in Indian Mythology, The Bhagavata is the story of Krishna, known as Shyam to those who find beauty, wisdom and love in his dark complexion.
Here are 6 stories from the countless rainbows in the country - on who they are, what being queer means and what the world is to them.
We meet Alex Fierro without knowing she’s Alex Fierro. In fact when we meet her, she’s a cheetah. A cheetah.
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Here's part two of the non-binary FAQ-in an attempt to smash ignorance in its face!
Gaysi collected stories of a few queer folx talking about the best parts of their lives and here’s a cute little compilation!
Not all languages are gendered, but all of them do play a major role in influencing the way we think about gender.
Amongst artists, a significant number of queer persons have taken to social media to present their struggles and perceptions through their art.