I don't see my queerness or my non-binaryness as the only relevant thing about me. But often, without my consent, it becomes the only thing relevant about me for others, especially in public, which in turn forces me to constantly perform to be allowed some basic things.
The videos he has worked on also share stories that matter to him about the clandestine existence of queer folx in Pakistan, a country culturally and even lawfully similar in the violence towards queer people as their neighbour- India.
I was no rebel
And this, was a rebellion
Him, oh! how he still made his Abbu proud
The man stood up against the fire
For the country that he loved more than his life
The partially scrapping of Section 377 has been a long time coming, and unfortunately, due to this, the general homophobic, misogynistic and patriarchal mindset that most cis-het Indians have had for centuries, has not changed much.
The content of popular music becomes a medium through which partners express their emotions and the representation of love and romance often become a standard for roles, expectations, feelings (or lack of thereof), and gender appropriation in romantic and sexual arrangements.
This first step into this world, into his community, was filled with uncertainly, confusion, and fear. It is for most people. Going into something and not knowing what one is going to find there is certainly one of the most vulnerable positions to put oneself in.
We’re out with a super list of some of the most amazing desi artists, activists, projects and performers we know today on Instagram and you should definitely check their work out and hit that follow button!
Northeast is a complex entity very much at the periphery of the country; geographically and otherwise. And perhaps, this peripheral identity is an issue the region and its people continue to grapple with, both within the region and in the rest of the country.
It was a Wednesday morning, I was eating my breakfast before I had to leave for work, and my mom came to me and asked, out of the blue, if I had ever been harassed for being gay.
first time I put a dress on
no, not a dress shirt!
it had polka dots and flower pots
a ribbon at the back
to accentuate the waist
or cut lunch some slack
We believe this campaign will help change minds in Bangladesh by promoting a level of understanding and awareness of our community, which in Bangladesh currently, is desperately missing.
One morning, as I sit on the floor in the corner of my room, stressed about something, I hear Troye’s music playing in the background. But this time, I don’t just hear it: I listen.
With streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, there has emerged a wonderful uncensored space for Indians to be able to access content.
Where we actually are in the UK; part hiding, part free – looking over our shoulder before we kiss. As I glanced back at the other people in the cinema, a million miles away from us… fear someone would see me cuddling a girl was acute.
If the #MeToo movement has made anything clear is that people certainly need to gain a better understanding of what consent means, and what respecting your partner entails.
Saikat Majumdar, author of The Scent of God talks to Gaysi Family about the need for more stories that are set in spaces that complicate the many identities we are all born with.
The first year in a long time, when everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, could celebrate their love. If that doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will.
When you are informed about your how your social and cultural locations serve as cushioning platforms to rely on for opportunities and prospects of growth, it is usually dismissal, explanation, and/or reflection that follow.
This February, Uber brings to you an emoji to celebrate inclusivity.
We’re at a stage today where the American Psychological Association has decided that “toxic masculinity” can be diagnosed as a mental health disorder, and treated as such. This declaration has had a predictably nasty response from those who do indeed seem to suffer from this “disease”.