The 9th edition of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF), that spanned from 9th March to 11th March, screened a staggering 89 films from over 30 countries.
I remember watching the L word in the early years of college when I didn’t move with the feminist agency I do now. As a younger more impressionable queer woman, the highbrow posh characters of the show sunk their teeth in fast and I was hooked. But something seemed off.
A truly remarkable 10th year and exciting time for all of us.
Imagine my wild joy at the unexpected discovery that Mary Oliver was a raging lesbian in a long and happy relationship with very talented photographer, Molly Malone Cook.
Campus spaces are arenas where thinking minds have the freedom to engage in conversations, and discuss the otherwise allegedly ‘uncomfortable’ subjects.
Through our imagination, we are making these spaces more welcoming for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and value diversity.
Carmilla is one of the few current shows known for its diverse cast featuring people of colour and of different sexual identities and religious backgrounds; it also deals with these topics subtly and sensitively, which gives this show a universal appeal.
This year marks the 10th milestone of the LGBTQ+ community’s collective struggle to fight back against homophobia, transphobia, shame and stigma.
This comic piece has been curated from the responses we received from several Bi-friends and readers we interviewed.
As a more feminine woman, I have often had people assume I am straight.
In an industry that still seems incapable of creating well-rounded movies portraying bisexual love, we only get lucky once in a very long while.
You know, you want it all. The attainable and otherwise.
And then one day, I kissed a girl. I do not know how it came to be. I kissed a girl I did not even like.
The first time I considered the possibility of being bisexual was when I was 16.
This graphic narrative is inspired by Ruth Vanita’s essay, “Born to Two Mothers, The Hero Bhagiratha,” and has adopted a version of the story from the same essay.
Representation is not merely about putting a couple of queer people together, it is about how their narratives unfold, and whether these writers and actors are given the agency to be able to tell their own stories.
Does sand-in-your-toes or the sound of the washing of the waves nearby or the sunsets or meeting new people or simply singing karaoke to the cute one sitting across makes you happy?
A lot of these organisations offer professional counselling, family counselling and helpline services.
You never know what can inspire you to stop being a lost, lonely soul, bogged down by the bad, bad world.
Always comforted by binaries
So used to divisions of only Two
I found myself baffled when I
Entered the Ladies’ Room
And found a bunch of men