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Reviews of Queer films, books, events and everything else under the colorful rainbow

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Agneepath, Queer Azaadi And The Goons

Why am I writing this post on Gaysi? I'm being the bitch, and 'cos Hrithik graced the private screening "Agneepath" (2012) in Mumbai for the Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2012 organizing members and supporting personalities. L, G, B, T, H, I, K, Q and the rest of the Queer Alphabet were touched by Hrithik's warmth and friendliness. And like MJ said it, we're pimping Bollywood honey!

Queer Games 2012 : An Experiential Account

On 15th January, QAM hosted its first Queer Games. Here is a personal account of one the Queer Games participant, Deep. "Light of hope at the end of the tunnel"…a statement strong enough to confirm we are on the right track. Good show guys!

Book Review: Homosexuality in Islam

Scott Kugle’s Homosexuality in Islam, is a must read for Queer people of all faiths (not just Muslims) and also for feminists, atheists and other minorities that challenge patriarchy.

James Franco : Infiltrating The Rebel Project

Franco rolls an 8mm camera as we’re flying up the same tangled, winding hills that the real Hopper and the real Wood sped on the night of their famous accident. Franco commands the girls to take their shirts off. They giggle and strip. Dean sparks a butt in the back with his tits out. The wind slaps hard on our faces. We snake up the road, way too fucking fast.

Book Review : The Reward by R. Singh

The best kind of books are the ones that make you want to write. The Reward by R.Singh does just that. It starts off interestingly as the writer uses rich imagery to paint vivid pictures of his childhood. The writing here creates such strong impressions, that I shared his nostalgia, when he recollects his childhood memories towards the end of his life. It momentarily made me pine for some of my own childhood... a phase of my life that I like to think about, very little.

Film Review : Tomboy

When ten year old boyish looking Laure moves to a suburb east of Paris, she feels lonely as she does not know anyone of her age, among the children playing in the sun outside. Till one day, she meets the cute neighbourhood girl Lisa, who is of the same age. Somehow Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy and when Lisa asks ‘his’ name, Laure says "Michael"!

Film Review : Mountain

Nora & Solveig, a young lesbian couple go on a hike through snow-covered, starkly beautiful mountain to rediscover their love and rebuild their relationship. As the two women in bright orange parkas trek up the ragged blue cliffs with wind and snow blowing into their faces, many harsh truths tumble out.

Film Review : She Monkeys

When teen Emma joins a group that is learning to perform gymnastics on horseback, she meets the slightly older Cassandra, a circus rider and the two begin a relationship that is laden with physical and psychological challenges. Soon, lines are crossed and the stakes become higher and higher. Their relationship is pervaded with jealousy and power which turn it into a battle for supremacy and control.

Event Review : Brihannala

Chennai-based performer Aniruddhan Vasudevan’s monologue mixes storytelling, spoken word, classical dance and music to explore the performance of gender and sexuality. As he performs Brihannala – it becomes a reference point for his own performance of gender, his desires and the questions that arise therein.

Movie Review : Gun Hill Road

Harmony Santana dazzles in this drama as a trans teen, Vanessa and her struggling relationship with her just returned-from-prison dad, played wonderfully by Esai Morales and a semi accepting mom, played by Judy Reyes . The movie is set in Bronx,NY.

Event Review : Desiring Indians

The event Desiring Indians was a screening of the provocative film Cain/Cane (2011) followed by a panel discussion on sexuality, intimacy, and desire among Indian South Africans, chaired by Prof. …

Film : Stonewall Uprising

There was a time in history when they called it a mental illness that had reached epic proportions. When there were public service announcements to curb the practices of so called ‘sexual psychopaths’. If you were queer in the 1960’s you would have been strapped to a chair and shocked into re-orientation.

QWOCMAP 7th Annual Film Festival

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the QWOCMAP’s 7th Film festival this past weekend.  A festival that welcomes filmmakers to talk about queer love, life, romance, sex, relationships, and …

Book Review : Two Girls

Two Girls - It took me almost a year to get hold of this book. None of the libraries, even here in Queen’s land had the book but I eventually found it on Amazon and ordered it for less than three quid!

Book Review : Fingersmith

Sad fact - I’ve steadfastly avoided queer culture. Even once I came to terms with my sexuality, I still avoided things like queer movies and queer books. I can’t even explain why, really. I’d like to pretend it was because I didn’t want to see stereotypes thrown back at me in various mediums, but really, I was just too timid.
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