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.
As we grow up, from childhood to adulthood, we have several phases– just because one phase is over, does not mean it didn't exist.
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.
A quick Google Search shows that people identifying as trans or gender non-conforming often face issues when traveling.
While questioning my gender and understanding the ‘concepts’ of masculinity and femininity only came to me years later, that was an eye-opener for me.
As a fifteen-year-old, I always had doubts about my sexuality; something about my girlfriends never felt right.
Vikram's collection of poetry is a beautiful intersection of his spiritual, queer, cosmopolitan, and hyphenated identity.
The mornings of Mumbai winters aren't particularly chilly but that day I felt chills run down my body and it sort of made me shiver but then again.
I realized expressing oneself freely in the public sphere whether through dance or any other medium for that matter, can be a complicated for gender and sexual minorities.
Glass blue eyes
He had the warmest smile,
I adored his mind
Sensitive, unlike mine.
‘Nanette’ is no ordinary stand-up special. Hannah Gadsby is 40-year-old, gay, Tasmanian comic whose decade-long career in comedy has been built on self-deprecating humour. But she decides to change things up this time.
In search of brown faces like my own, what I find are white people. Skinny people. And a standard of androgyny that entirely depends upon a binary concept of gender.
We have seen many ‘butch’ looking women in Bollywood whose apparent lesbian sexuality has always been completely absent, and has rather been replaced by a more heteronormative story which frankly, does their characterization a great disservice.
At home, one must be loved, comfortable and able to grow. Identity and acceptance are a large part of how good and welcome someone feels in their ‘home’.
Netflix’s Lust Stories is a compilation of four short films, each of which dive into different kinds of modern relationships that make you think.
Alex Truelove (yes, that's his real name, haha, look how post-hipster we are) is a sweet, nerdy boy reclaiming those hitherto derogatory labels.
At the age of 18, I was in a railway station when I saw her
In a sari, decked up.
With flowers in her hair and I felt something.
Attraction? Nothing mild about it.
Coming out to myself has made it less surreal and more tangible and since then I have been subtly coming out to few trusted friends here and there. Some were shocked, some were neutral and some came out as bisexual and asexual themselves.
To put rest to this curiosity, I decided to ask a few friends from the USA how life is different; being queer and ethnically different in a home away from home.
Having been out to my parents for some time, I didn’t expect any resistance, and I didn’t expect any excitement either. Like my sexual and gender identity, this too was just some random thing happening in my life that they chose to stay unbothered about.