Shals Mahajan, a writer, and a queer feminist fellow who lives in Bombay had to withdraw from a Children’s Writing Festival they were invited to because the organisers of the fest did not approve of the bio they submitted.
A quick Google Search shows that people identifying as trans or gender non-conforming often face issues when traveling.
Manaveeyam Queer Fest was also laced an exhilarating a well-executed fashion show for trans men who displayed some top-notch costumes.
Here are 6 stories from the countless rainbows in the country - on who they are, what being queer means and what the world is to them.
We meet Alex Fierro without knowing she’s Alex Fierro. In fact when we meet her, she’s a cheetah. A cheetah.
Their infant daughter, the doctor had said, had XY chromosomes. Male chromosomes.
Sathrangi is a trans-feminine Indian livelihood venture that aims to create employment opportunities for transgender and queer people with a vision to create a inclusive society, "a society for all".
Muttering under my breath, and ignoring a steadily mounting headache, I carefully slipped on my gown. The bell was still buzzing, and it had been a straight ten minutes!
Popular culture and media often highlight and elevate the lives of binary individuals— however, non-binary people are here, have always been here, and will continue to be here. But what does this mean?
Pride began that night, and its vanguard was firebrand trans woman of colour, Marsha P. Johnson.
Here is a timeline of the cases and the people who have fought for the law to be repealed, so that their part of the Indian population is treated as equally as any other.
Like most women, my sexuality is somewhat fluid and my identity has changed over the years: as a teenager and early on in my transition I defined myself as bisexual, then as a lesbian.
The core of gender and sexual identity is in the power of self-identification.
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.
I am 25, single as single can be and still struggle to gather the courage and let that cute guy next door know I really really really really really really really like him!
An epigraph with which Arundhati Roy opened her first novel, The God of Small Things, the line translates organically into The Ministry of Happiness as well.
The courage and achievements turn such individuals, like Harvey Milk, into role models who constantly inspire countless queers to keep fighting for their rights.
After Lesbian Visibility Day in April, May is filled with important days that remind us of the strength we have in our diversity.
I transitioned when I was 18, so living as a woman for the last ten years has mostly eliminated the dysphoria I had from being pigeonholed into a male role, but I still have a strong sense of dysphoria about certain aspects of my body.
The media coverage of this incident has been cruel, to say the least, towards the queer community.