From the deep, deep world of fandom and AUs, gay couples made their rounds as the side story of many YA books and Wattpad fiction I devoured as I grew up.
For a long time, characters who were portrayed as villains or comic relief were shown so because of their alternate sexuality or gender identity.
This tension between Rosa's identity and what her family expects of her is a tension between individual and the society, a tension as old as civilization itself.
However, being an Indian, I was most immediately affected by the character and development of Kala, a Mumbai based pharmacist. While other characters deal with a complex past, violence, prison and its threat, homophobia, gang wars and poverty, the main conflict in Kala's life is marriage to her boss's son.
I remember watching the L word in the early years of college when I didn’t move with the feminist agency I do now. As a younger more impressionable queer woman, the highbrow posh characters of the show sunk their teeth in fast and I was hooked. But something seemed off.
What is pleasing about the episodes is that it gives us an insight into a relationship that faces its common ups and downs.
The show is lauded as a landmark in transgender representation on television and film, with Soloway enacting a "transfirmative action program", where showmakers hire transgender applicants in preference to cisgender people.
Carmilla is one of the few current shows known for its diverse cast featuring people of colour and of different sexual identities and religious backgrounds; it also deals with these topics subtly and sensitively, which gives this show a universal appeal.
Maybe, we should accept the changing landscape, and acknowledge that we are moving towards a world where it is a little easier to come out, and it is a little less unusual to see a homosexual couple on screen.
These guys are the best.
Representation is not merely about putting a couple of queer people together, it is about how their narratives unfold, and whether these writers and actors are given the agency to be able to tell their own stories.
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.
Following are four Indian web series that do express strong plot-lines and have LGBTQ characters right at the center of all the action.
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.
Yes, the media tends to hype kissing for some odd reason. People in love, kiss. Don’t straight people kiss? What’s the big deal?
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.
People continue to remain in the closet because the media industry has limited opportunities for those who have honestly shared their sexual orientation with the world.
The boldly performed scene might have raised many eyebrows but it looks like the audience has enjoyed this honest, bare attempt by these two actresses.
According to a 2014 report by GLADD, gay men make up 46% of the LGBT representation in the media, while the percentage of lesbian characters sits at 30%. Those few characters that do make it to the big screen are heavily defined by stereotypes.
At thirty, I realise that these borrowed worlds not only helped me through some of my toughest times as a teen, but also influenced me as a feminist, queer creator years later.