I am from a small town called Kamshet (Lonavala), where being open about your sexual orientation is considered a sin and people never accept it.
For a long time, I prayed to God that I become a girl the next day and that people forget I was ever a boy -- because for me, to love a man, it was necessary to be a woman!
There are many facets of south-Asian societies that are less concerned with how men behave, how colourful their clothes are or if they are holding hands with male friends or simply laying their heads on their friend’s shoulder.
The first time I considered the possibility of being bisexual was when I was 16.
Western media is changing and starting to show a lot of queer representation, but I have yet to see that kind of progress in South Asian media.
The web-series received positive response from critics and the media, and made it to some festival selections, including AltFest NY -- New York's locally programmed Gay and Lesbian film festival.
Globally, more than 30% of all new HIV infections are estimated to occur among youth aged 15 to 25 years. People aged 15-29 years comprise almost 25% of the India’s population but account for 31% of the country’s AIDS burden.
Their body of work comprises a compelling and complex archive of selves and objects that are multiple and express strong emotions.
For me, a person’s biological sex has never been criteria for attraction.
You are valid if you're still in the closet, you're valid irrespective of when you come out, you're valid if you decide to never come out.
Although being called a girl made me dysphoric, I never thought of myself as a boy either. So, I identify as neither male nor female.
Through his performances, Raheem has challenged the concept of gender roles within Kathak. Exploring an artist’s outer aesthetics and immersing them within a community that dictates long-established and conventional roles in society.
Trump's victory signals not only a deep divide within the US--a divide that is not by any means new but just more visible now--but also a failure of the Democrats and liberal democracy that many (myself included) had come to cherish.
Gaysi team got lucky and caught up with Fawzia Mirza for a little fun (and naughty) chat on the matters of Lesbian love at the Kashish Queer Film Festival this year!
Three queer-themed series in a few weeks of launching the platform had us intrigued and we got behind the screens for a quick conversation with Manav Sethi, Chief Marketing Officer, AltBalaji.
We all have struggles, and because I am a white male from a relatively open culture and family, I hesitate to stake a claim.
For misconceptions to exist, there probably needs to be more awareness about the term in the first place.
In conversation with Maaria Sayed, film-maker of Chudala; Karishma Dube, film-maker of Devi; and Rajesh James, film-maker of Naked Wheels.
For those who might not be in the know, Mirza is a stand-up comic, actor and writer who has worked in the Emmy-nominated web series Her Story and has co-created popular web shows such as Kam Kardashian and Brown Girl Problems.
Coming out is a modern, specifically Western, form of social validation of your identity. It's as if, if you're not out, you're not really being your true and authentic self.