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.
This tension between Rosa's identity and what her family expects of her is a tension between individual and the society, a tension as old as civilization itself.
However, being an Indian, I was most immediately affected by the character and development of Kala, a Mumbai based pharmacist. While other characters deal with a complex past, violence, prison and its threat, homophobia, gang wars and poverty, the main conflict in Kala's life is marriage to her boss's son.
The depiction of queer relationships in media works as an agent of social sexualization and is particularly more influential in the Indian society where sex is not discussed, even for educative purposes.
True to his fascinating method- Borja travels to the destinations and goes on dates in the destination to discover it in the best way possible.
Disobedience could very well have been sensationalist in its storytelling, as it is the tale of a rekindled illicit affair between two women.
‘Nanette’ is no ordinary stand-up special. Hannah Gadsby is 40-year-old, gay, Tasmanian comic whose decade-long career in comedy has been built on self-deprecating humour. But she decides to change things up this time.
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‘butch’ looking women in Bollywood whose apparent lesbian sexuality has always been completely absent, and has rather been replaced by a more heteronormative story which frankly, does their characterization a great disservice.
Pride began that night, and its vanguard was firebrand trans woman of colour, Marsha P. Johnson.
Netflix’s Lust Stories is a compilation of four short films, each of which dive into different kinds of modern relationships that make you think.
Alex Truelove (yes, that's his real name, haha, look how post-hipster we are) is a sweet, nerdy boy reclaiming those hitherto derogatory labels.
Our understanding of gender and sexuality is built upon growing up in a family and watching other families around us
KA Bodyscapes, the queer-themed Malayalam feature by Jayan K. Cherian, has similarly battled the Censor Board for over a year and half until it finally received an adult certification in 2018.
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.
For years we have created all sort of genres with hetero-cis plotlines, perhaps Love, Simon proves to be the gateway to mainstreaming the same for queer narratives.
In many ways, Noblemen is a tale of revenge and retribution, but, as Confucius once said, ‘Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.’
Born as an intersex person, Khejdi is brought up by her father behind concrete walls and closed doors. To keep her from being seen and slaughtered by the villagers, she is told that if she steps outside she'll catch a dangerous disease.
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.
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.