We celebrated our 10th birthday with posters that make us, us. And the biggest celebration was with our family in Mumbai - with Pinky Promise, a shorty store theatre.
We’re at a stage today where the American Psychological Association has decided that “toxic masculinity” can be diagnosed as a mental health disorder, and treated as such. This declaration has had a predictably nasty response from those who do indeed seem to suffer from this “disease”.
It is the trans community itself which has criticized the work severely, citing misrepresentation and misgendering of the community as well as the Meitei community in Manipur. They have called out the casteism, ableism, and the Brahminical overtones among other problematic elements.
There exists a dichotomy between asexuality and aromanticism; the common misconception is that the two terms are mutually inclusive.
This year Awadh Queer Pride plans to organise 'Awadh Queer Pride 2019' on 10th February 2019. Coupled with this there will be several other events such as - Queer Evening, Film Screening, Play based on queer theme, sensitisation programmes with the police, universities and colleges, and the media.
At its heart, a bazaar is a space for celebration. With its different sights, scenes, colours, people, and the exchange of thoughts and ideas, a bazaar is a space for collaboration and this, we want to share with you.
Growing up, my choice to be effeminate was not questioned, it was enforced, applauded, supported, reinforced.
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.
As someone who has grown up reading and falling in love with the Harry Potter universe, re-looking at these books through a critical lens and examining carefully the gender and racial stereotypes they re-inscribe has been both, a fascinating and a personally trying exercise.
India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world. In 2017, HIV prevalence among adults (aged 15-49) was an estimated 0.2%.
On 25th November, Delhi hosted its first Pride March after Supreme Court of India partially decriminalised Section 377 of IPC, and we ventured out to know from the march walkers about how they feel, and what changes do they see in this pride.
Bollywood, a cesspool of misogyny, markets films with item numbers done by females while the male protagonists project a supposedly “macho” or “cool” image and these roles have never been reversed barring a few films here and there.
Can feelings of comfort and safety come in the form of a person?
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.
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.
The media coverage of this incident has been cruel, to say the least, towards the queer community.
Our mythology defines us – and it’s more ‘pop’ than you think!
This year marks the 10th milestone of the LGBTQ+ community’s collective struggle to fight back against homophobia, transphobia, shame and stigma.
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.
There is no drama or scripted dialogues; instead, we get raw emotions and the reality of Cleo and her fiancé’s worlds.