This series narrates the story of a person born as a cis-male, identifying himself as female in his alone time.
The year has not been completely bereft of its share of homophobia as well. From a Kolkata girls’ school accusing ten of its students of ‘indulging in lesbianism’, to Kamaal R Khan making homophobic and transphobic comments on his Youtube channel, to the death of Sridevi, a desi queer icon for most of us Bollywood loving gaysis, 2018 has not been an year of complete euphoria.
2018 has been a good year for the LGBTQ community worldwide and now that the year is coming to a close, let’s take a moment to revisit all the milestones we have made as a community.
THERE'S A NEW LESBIAN MOVIE IN TOWN AND IT'S RELEASING JUST BEFORE BOMBAY PRIDE AND IT STARS SONAM KAPOOR AND JUHI CHAWLA AND ANIL KAPOOR.
Here's a glimpse into the wonders that were - in a hope to relive and rekindle the passion with which we have continued to fight and will go ahead with in the coming years.
Growing up, my choice to be effeminate was not questioned, it was enforced, applauded, supported, reinforced.
A majority of people are always interested in “that Pride Parade” but very rarely would they have a completely normal reaction to you being in any kind of relationship that is not a monogamous, heterosexual one; the only kind society completely accepts.
The blade of your hand carves a portal out of steam,
the two of us like boys behind frosted glass
who wave goodbye while a car shoves off
As someone who has grown up reading and falling in love with the Harry Potter universe, re-looking at these books through a critical lens and examining carefully the gender and racial stereotypes they re-inscribe has been both, a fascinating and a personally trying exercise.
On 25th November, Delhi hosted its first Pride March after Supreme Court of India partially decriminalised Section 377 of IPC, and we ventured out to know from the march walkers about how they feel, and what changes do they see in this pride.
Bollywood, a cesspool of misogyny, markets films with item numbers done by females while the male protagonists project a supposedly “macho” or “cool” image and these roles have never been reversed barring a few films here and there.
This is the 11th year of Delhi Pride and what a day filled with colour, magic and resolve for the next few steps towards equal rights for everyone in this country!
The institution of privilege is very important in understanding the entire discussion of navigating through caste-oppressed queer identities today.
Rekhti is generally written in ghazal form. It was a product of the particular socio-cultural and literary ambiance in the 19th century Lucknow.
If straight means uniformity, mainstream, non-deviant, symmetry even, then what adjectives will you use for someone who identifies as queer, for example?
For a long time, characters who were portrayed as villains or comic relief were shown so because of their alternate sexuality or gender identity.
The concept that drove the show was that of inclusivity. It was not only about having queer people on board, but about having people, all kinds of people just working together.
As part of this study, a survey was conducted based on a sample size of 46 closeted queer Indians, between the ages of 16 to 25, to understand the nature of suppression of identity, how they believed it affected their personality development and what views they had regarding safety in the workspace.
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!