When I set out to meet Samarpan Maiti, who is quite the celebrity now having bagged the second runner-up prize at Mr. Gay World 2018 held in South Africa, I quite expected to meet a ‘star’.
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‘butch’ looking women in Bollywood whose apparent lesbian sexuality has always been completely absent, and has rather been replaced by a more heteronormative story which frankly, does their characterization a great disservice.
One day she excitedly told me about how she recently read an article on Facebook titled "10 celebrities you probably didn’t know were Gay" and found out that Sam Smith was gay.
There have certainly been spaces for LGBTQ+ community to come together and celebrate, but being South Asia’s biggest queer film festival Kashish has been one of those important places.
With a sizeable list of 145 films from 45 countries, the opening ceremony of Kashish felt like a gush of wind strong enough to pull closet doors open.
The courage and achievements turn such individuals, like Harvey Milk, into role models who constantly inspire countless queers to keep fighting for their rights.
Everything is a bit out of the box for me as a person. My message through my music has always been just to be who you are, be authentic and real and believe in yourself.
That time, the term ‘faggot’ was extremely prevalent. It was supposed to mean the highest disgrace ever and was just thrown on people who had guts to come out as gay.
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.
Hosting and conducting a standalone concert after our early days of just performing at events was a great learning experience!
With their outrageous and extraordinary personalities, drag queens show us how to be a bit extra without apology.
Possibly the newest pair of friendships in Bollywood’s tinsel town of celebrities, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone have been highly supportive of the breakthrough projects that they have recently been doing.
We asked our community to discover some more performers and found four (more) out there making noise, being heard!
Fighting against the world, here are five intersex role models from diverse fields you need to know who are ‘killing’ the game.
These guys are the best.
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.
You’ll know I don’t have my life in order when I tell you I don’t have my Bedroom Disco playlist of the month in order.
There is an alarming dearth of LGBTQI characters in children’s literature and Dumbledore could have been our beacon of light.
You never know what can inspire you to stop being a lost, lonely soul, bogged down by the bad, bad world.
Today, young people feel far more confident about challenging gender stereotypes and embracing their reality.