Open Space, Pune calls for essays for their publication for the Queer Film Festival.
First draft to be in by Sept 25th. For more information on submissions, kindly get in touch with Imran via email on: imranalikhan.os [at] gmail [dot] com.
I was born in South Korea, brought up in Taiwan and then my family eventually moved to Mumbai when I was 8. With this move to Mumbai I realised how much surroundings and society can impact and change your overall behavior. From being absolutely comfortable with who I was in a foreign country that cared little about an effeminate boy like me, in Mumbai, I felt intimidated, I felt noticed, I felt queer.
This summer I was part and parcel of the wedding of a person near, dear and true – My sister. With it came all the drama & shenanigans of any Indian wedding. But while I was unfailingly devoted to the cause – Get her and my brother in law married amidst all the ruckus & ballyhoo and come out of it sane ( though that is still debatable ) - I never predicted the varying degrees of discomfiture my queer self would face throughout the entire process that lasted a good 8 months, with particularly brutal intensity in the last 30 days. I say my queer self almost as if it were another part of me.
Must have one f*** buddy, she can reach out to any time of the day, night, afternoon! (Note: Availability is super important!) and one intellectual pinup she can practice verbal foreplay with!
Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is an expert on mythology and, in particular, this aspect of it - understanding what myths say and how they are relevant to our lives and how we can use them to make real change. He'll be talking about this in general and the specific context of the issues that people who come to Gay Bombay face.
A contemporary activist and reformer, or more accurately a social educationist as I perceive, is Kalki. A transperson herself, she understands the emotional turmoil we individuals go through and is dedicated to eradicate the social inequities in the society. She is pushing for reforms, working with other activists in counseling and helping Transfolks earn education, get vocationally trained and hence providing a path for many who have been shunned by society a leg to stand on.
Queer Campus India is a queer collective for students/youth which provides a space to share your experiences/politics , find a support group and hang out. We have been meeting every second and fourth Saturday of the month.
For this week's queer campus meeting, come with anything that you would like to perform or read out - either at the meeting or in the future.
SNEHA is a voluntary, secular, non-profit organization, established on November 27, 1999 in Dharavi, with the mission to address the health needs of women and children. The Centre for Vulnerable Women and Children has undertaken an international research study in collaboration with CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action) and UCL (University College, London). This study is being funded by CREA, Delhi. This study is being conducted in three countries namely India, Bangladesh and Nepal. This study aims to understand violence against marginalised women in south Asia.
Harish Kumar on India’s Got Talent is a cross-dressing dancer from Jaisalmer, who is now one of the few remaining on the show. Queen Harish, as the performer is known, dresses in drag, slaps on makeup, wears Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and is a more graceful dancer than most women I have seen.
So there we were showcasing our popular traits; Ruswa and her Colgate smile, whereas yours truly was almost ready to dish out her gyaan on how to attract Quality women & Quantity women, depending on what one is running after. (Please Note: Gaysi recruiters are selfless creatures, who stop at nothing to accomplish their goals). Needless to say, in 30 minutes, our prospect was ready to have “Gaysi” tattooed on his forehead.
The all Queer, Retro, weeknight Party in Mumbai is back this September. Please come in large number and party your ass off. Its a great venue, FREE entry, pay for drinks at the Bar and great music. Please note: Its not a private party but the management is very queer friendly.
The weekend is here and honestly I don’t want to be thinking about Gaysi. For once. No seriously off late the women in my life are complaining. They need my attention and so in the name of social service I say it’s time my knickers stops here...and goes offline. But I promise to be back before you say the word “boo”....well not literally.
However a sexy editor is gotto do what she’s gotto do, and so here’s a quick re-cap of some headliners from the Queer world this week.
In the month of September, Bombay Dost Sunday High will bring to you Award Winning and Audience Favourite films from the hugely successful and popular KASHISH – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010.
*Based on partially true events
6 years later…
The Present: London. I was tired. A red eye flight from Chicago had me running on two hours of sleep. The past …
Many gay persons have probably been left by their partners for people of the opposite sex, much like the subject of this piece of news. But our Mr. X went one step further and filed a case against his former partner, Y.
What you have here is a simple interweaving of different projects such that there arises a dialogue, one that continues to engage Fabien.
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.
*Based on true events
The Past: India. I was 18 years old. On the verge of turning 19. Sitting at a coffee-shop in a large restored colonial bungalow that sold …
"Why not? Why do you think we have a P.T. period? You cannot simply sit through it,” he said, and then blew his whistle to call the captains of both the teams.
“Guys, take Kumar on one of your teams,” he said to both the captains.
“Oh! He is a Pottai * sir. I don't want him in my team,” One of them said.
“Yes sir! He is such a Ombodhu *. He can’t play,” said the other one.
The story was originally published in Tamil in Thinnai magazine.