The partially scrapping of Section 377 has been a long time coming, and unfortunately, due to this, the general homophobic, misogynistic and patriarchal mindset that most cis-het Indians have had for centuries, has not changed much.
The year has not been completely bereft of its share of homophobia as well. From a Kolkata girls’ school accusing ten of its students of ‘indulging in lesbianism’, to Kamaal R Khan making homophobic and transphobic comments on his Youtube channel, to the death of Sridevi, a desi queer icon for most of us Bollywood loving gaysis, 2018 has not been an year of complete euphoria.
2018 has been a good year for the LGBTQ community worldwide and now that the year is coming to a close, let’s take a moment to revisit all the milestones we have made as a community.
Here's a glimpse into the wonders that were - in a hope to relive and rekindle the passion with which we have continued to fight and will go ahead with in the coming years.
The stories were inspired by important struggles that have happened and are still happening. I tried to keep an emotional, simple approach as I am disliking the way people are quickly finding reason to divide themselves into camps based on words.
I remember feeling like I was choking, the nervousness and anxiety squeezing my stomach. I felt physically unable to move, but kept up a positive front.
This is the 11th year of Delhi Pride and what a day filled with colour, magic and resolve for the next few steps towards equal rights for everyone in this country!
Janvi’s earthy voice, which sounds almost purposely made a few notches deeper, sounds sublime against the video.
With your sexuality not being seen as something criminal, you are also viewed as equals, and no longer would you face discrimination based on your sexuality
I wish this change in the law had happened a little sooner, but I am hoping that young children are not bullied the way I was back in school for my identity.
The artwork that graced out instagram feeds deserve a story of their own, and here are some of our favourites.
Vikram's collection of poetry is a beautiful intersection of his spiritual, queer, cosmopolitan, and hyphenated identity.
Manaveeyam Queer Fest was also laced an exhilarating a well-executed fashion show for trans men who displayed some top-notch costumes.
Here is a timeline of the cases and the people who have fought for the law to be repealed, so that their part of the Indian population is treated as equally as any other.
I’m a newbie to Pune, and I’ve hardly ever seen anything, but when I heard that pride was happening at the same time that I was going to be home after my convocation (read jobless period of time), I couldn’t wait! And what a day it was.
The way the feminist and the LGBTQ movement have gained momentum in India constantly transcends the personal realm and entry into the public.
Pride was not only interpreted as being proud of one-self, but it was also about collectively standing up against pervasive shame.
A truly remarkable 10th year and exciting time for all of us.
The next Awadh Pride march will be held on 11th February, 2018. This will be my first pride and I hope to make it an unforgettable experience.
GaysiFamily presents 2x2 Bar Nights: Pride Edition – the one where we let the world know how we can fight hard and party harder.