Known as born to two men - Shiva and Agni, Kartikeya in Hindu mythology is associated with masculinity, progeny, bravery and strength.
I remember how I used to incorporate my creativity to my exhibitionism, a different scene every time, from coming out in balcony in towel to hang my underwear for drying in sun and dropping my towel by mistake to playing in torn underwear from front and back, I tried all.
After Lesbian Visibility Day in April, May is filled with important days that remind us of the strength we have in our diversity.
I transitioned when I was 18, so living as a woman for the last ten years has mostly eliminated the dysphoria I had from being pigeonholed into a male role, but I still have a strong sense of dysphoria about certain aspects of my body.
By being there for each other & loving each other the way we do, I don’t think we have to prove it to anyone. We are stronger together and people see that.
In the process of sorting through blurry, old memories and trying to over-analyse them, I found the answer in a game that most of us played when we were kids, “Ghar Ghar”.
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.
Watch this space for a special theme curated collection on stories of Lesbian visibility with Trans authors, illustrated specials, vampire stories, love in Sri Lanka and more!
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.