Growing up, my choice to be effeminate was not questioned, it was enforced, applauded, supported, reinforced.
A majority of people are always interested in “that Pride Parade” but very rarely would they have a completely normal reaction to you being in any kind of relationship that is not a monogamous, heterosexual one; the only kind society completely accepts.
The blade of your hand carves a portal out of steam,
the two of us like boys behind frosted glass
who wave goodbye while a car shoves off
What does it mean for men to embrace feminism? What does it mean when we ask for a feminist masculinity?
In this age of social platforms, online activism is omnipresent and political engagement often ends at its inception — with a lone tweet or Instagram story, Adam stands above with his commitment to real world action.
As someone who has grown up reading and falling in love with the Harry Potter universe, re-looking at these books through a critical lens and examining carefully the gender and racial stereotypes they re-inscribe has been both, a fascinating and a personally trying exercise.
There’s no show. There’s no dramatic settings. There’s real stories of real people in real communities across the country, who have been treated as anything but.
Bollywood, a cesspool of misogyny, markets films with item numbers done by females while the male protagonists project a supposedly “macho” or “cool” image and these roles have never been reversed barring a few films here and there.
In this remarkable, intimate book, Nandini Krishnan burrows deep into the prejudices encountered by India's transmen, the complexities of hormonal transitions and sex reassignment surgery, issues of social and family estrangement, and whether socioeconomic privilege makes a difference.
The institution of privilege is very important in understanding the entire discussion of navigating through caste-oppressed queer identities today.
You must believe that the last 10 years wouldn’t have been possible without your voice, sharing, undaunted love, thought and the indomitable faith.
Rekhti is generally written in ghazal form. It was a product of the particular socio-cultural and literary ambiance in the 19th century Lucknow.
Two weeks after coming out to his family, he came out to his friends, and that didn't go half as well: they stopped spending time with him and told everyone in the school that he was gay.
It’s one of those films you expect to leave you feeling angry and disturbed, but instead, you’re left with a sense of calm and subdued melancholy, despite the fact that a lot of what was portrayed on screen was truly painful to watch.
For a long time, characters who were portrayed as villains or comic relief were shown so because of their alternate sexuality or gender identity.
She was born in the year 93 on a wintry morning inside a private hospital ward. She has no recollection of that day. Her grandma would tell her, “Your dad and I both jumped with joy when the nurse told us, ‘It’s a boy”.
The concept that drove the show was that of inclusivity. It was not only about having queer people on board, but about having people, all kinds of people just working together.
The stifled music was coming from an arms distance from him. Not from a radio, but from a person.
An excerpt from "Invisible Men" written by Nandini Krishnan, a journalist, playwright and humorist based in Chennai.
Not all love stories end in happily ever afters, especially when it comes to Nivi.