After 800 years of ignoring who I really was, watching everyone in my clan get paired up with their significant other, and somehow, not fitting in no matter how much I tried was like living queer puberty on loop for centuries.
And I am sure, every lesbian who reads this post can right now be sighing in frustration; frustration which frankly nobody else is going to empathize with.
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The presence of someone queer has always been powerful. This is not just because the individual is or was powerful, but also because the difference that they bring to the standard ways of life.
In my 27 years of existence, I’ve embodied various personas and roles. Even today, I behave slightly differently in the office, around parents, at a party and when I’m alone in my room.
For me, the best thing about any Queer Film Fest is that in a short period of three days, these movies expose you to the gigantic spectrum of issues and narratives of LGBTQ+ people all around the globe.
While stereotypes have a foundation, not all lesbians look the same, or fit into the same categories.
Love, to me, is being comfortable with another person and not having to be someone else.
I talked to an approximate of 20 people I like to call friends. For research purposes, people particularly between the ages of 21-28, belonging to different economic and professional backgrounds and of varying genders. What I found out disheartened me to no extent.
I could feel her hands on the small of my back, longing to feel the rest of me, but hesitant.
Passing is something that all binary and many non-binary trans people contend with, often on a daily basis.
The western framework of trans identity is also seen as the more modern version of being trans. Several cultures around the world, including India, have had indigenous trans communities historically.
Drag is about being comfortable with your own sexuality.
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.
Transgender persons disrupt the established status quo of being and seeing and being seen.
Here is a narrative from Hindu mythology that explores the spectrum of gender and transcending across the binaries that exist.
March 31st is a day of observance. As the International Transgender Day of Visibility, it is a day of quiet learning and a changing thought process in a world that continues its progress towards acceptance and love.
Searching about a public place, known by word of mouth, in pursuit of a partner for sex, and the good and bad that follows, are the lived experiences of nearly every gay man in India- married, closeted, young and hopeful.
Being a feminist doesn't end at respecting women. Growing up in this world, we've all internalized some toxic misogynistic behaviors without realizing it.
And then, I saw her for the first time…On a railway station in the midnight, her heading off to marry her love; I knew we were in it together for the long haul.