Dosti is a Toronto-based social and support group for South Asian gay, bisexual, questioning and transgender men. Dosti has been around since the mid 90s and has come to mean a number of different things over the years. Dosti is a place where you can meet friends, cruise for guys and explore the community. Every month Dosti has social gatherings that take place in different venues where guys can chat it up with other like minded desi dudes and reconcile the fact they can be both Queer and Desi.
I kept thinking, “What’s wrong with him? Why doesn’t he say, I know that you are gay.” He just sat there looking at me and finally I just said it. “Because I am gay.” And his mouth fell open. I was actually shocked that he hadn’t figured it out already.
The Queer Chronicle (popularly referred to as TQC) was launched in Pune (Maharashtra) in September 2009 as India’s first city-centric queer-focused monthly ezine. The magazine started with a modest readership of about 250. Twelve editions later, TQC’s readership has crossed nearly 1200 readers, with queer and queer-friendly readers in over 20 countries.
Sanjay Sanghavi is a single, urban Indian homosexual counting the last few minutes of his life. As his body clock nears to its last click, his chronicles here will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, right from his childhood to his adolescence, the working years and the imminent death.
Last month marked the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. In 1969, trans people, prostitutes, lesbian, bi and gay individuals fought back against a police raid of a queer establishment. They stood together to say NO to homophobia/transphobia; NO to conventional thinking, and NO to discrimination.
We had known one another for more than a year, working in the same organization, and sharing the same company accommodation. We easily discovered comfort in one another's company. We were introduced through a common contact and very soon our professional relationship crossed personal boundaries and when exactly we got so involved, was hard to tell.
By night and day, the lady would sit and weave, my love
till Lancelot sang his ‘tirra lirra’ and she would leave, my love.
Now you say it was so …
To share something so personal with everyone except with the ones who made me feels like a betrayal. So does the book itself: exposing our family, telling their stories, stories which aren’t mine. “What happens in the home, stays in the home,” my mom would warn us. Which betrayal is worse? Which betrayal weighs more?
I looked strangely nervous in response to an everyday ‘Mom’ question like the one that was just put forth to me. I could feel the sweat on my brow in spite of the ceiling fan blades rotating at full speed. My hands were bizarrely cold and numb on a hot Sunday morning resulting in the loss of my sense of touch.
Everyone's looking for Sita. Take a glance at matrimonial classifieds, every second ad in the 'Bride Wanted' section starts with a sentence like: "Wanted a fair, beautiful, cultured, educated and homely girl from a good family." One would think that there was a sea change in the thoughts and attitudes of the modern Indian society.
Remember when J.K. Rowling mentioned that Dumbledore was gay? Remember how some parents were shocked and outraged that their child might have grown fond of a character that was gay?! Because heaven forbid, a child should feel affection for a gay person!
[Guest Author: Tink]
“Coming out” – I started by wondering about that word. Something about the phrase was very empowering – outdoorsy, brave, though this was hardly how I felt …
[ Reader Val’s response to Rohit Verma Booo Hooo! ]
I have to start by saying, I am against any form of censorship. Whether the demand for it is made …
[Guest Author: The Bride]
I’m not quite sure what to think of this one:
Gays pray for CM at Bahucharaji
The reaction of most people (on my Facebook …
[Guest Author : Sophie Parisse]
Queer Nazaria, the event was well attended (more than houseful, roughly about 90 to 100 people), by a mixed crowd, ranging from individuals of …
[Guest Author : DeepSeas]
I can’t think Straight was a much awaited movie – not the least because of its sexy trailers of the romantic scenes between Lisa Ray and …
[Guest Author : Saakshi O. Juneja]
Okay, so the title may sound a little inappropriate to some considering it’s technically not a fight between two cats; more like between …
[Guest Author : Swingingpuss]
* Note : Contains Explicit Sexual Content
The only word I could use to describe the situation was ‘terrible’. Louise had caught us newly fucked …
[Guest Author : Saakshi O. Juneja]
*An old post republishing it here. Though originally written with a hetero-perspective but at the end of the day could be …
[Guest post by – Prerna Lal. Cross-posted at ‘No Borders And Binaries‘]
I am always asking everyone to share their stories because narratives are powerful, persuasive, and …