Archive for the tag Transgender

Non-hijra Transgenders Struggle For Identity

Hijra isn’t the only transgender identity. There are others, such as female-to-male transgenders, who don’t draw attention to themselves, and struggle to find recognition as anything but a ‘deviant’ community, …

How I Became a Faerie

The email read: “Do you want to come play in the woods? There'll be lots of cute guys...” It was a Radical Faerie gathering at Breitnebush Springs in Oregon. My immediate response was: No. No way. I don't do that sort of thing. And I paused just as I was about to move on to the next email, and my second thoughts said: What are you afraid of?

Event Review : Brihannala

Chennai-based performer Aniruddhan Vasudevan’s monologue mixes storytelling, spoken word, classical dance and music to explore the performance of gender and sexuality. As he performs Brihannala – it becomes a reference point for his own performance of gender, his desires and the questions that arise therein.

Movie Review : Gun Hill Road

Harmony Santana dazzles in this drama as a trans teen, Vanessa and her struggling relationship with her just returned-from-prison dad, played wonderfully by Esai Morales and a semi accepting mom, played by Judy Reyes . The movie is set in Bronx,NY.

Politics & Partying [Our World This Week]

A while ago there was the gay Pakistani couple in New Zealand with family issues, but there doesn’t seem to have been too much drama going on in our world as of late. Trust that I’m pleased, but I find that hard to believe, so let me know if I’m missing any important news!

Gender Markers and Drivers Licence

This is pretty awesome if it goes through.

With the myriad and sometimes ambiguous rules concerning birth sex, passport, birth certificate, doctors certificate, therapists letters, blah blah blah and with …

Breastfeeding : To Be Willing And Able

In a previous post I mentioned that my internship is at a youth detention center. The youth started voicing that they wanted to learn about “my culture” and I figured they didn’t want to learn about England so I took it straight back to the motherland. I spent time telling them about India and joked with the other staff in the room that I should show them a Bollywood movie.

Trans Folks & Women-Only Spaces

One can never come with just one factor to differentiate Gender. Gender-only spaces should be inclusive and let people self-identify rather than pushing their idea of someone else down the throats. Isn't feminism all about an individual choice of determination rather than the patriarchal world telling women how to behave, dress, act, work, etc.? Then why the hypocrisy?

A Queer Desi for Queer Youth: Detention Center Dynamics

At the start of this summer I started the final internship for my Master of Social Work program. I’m placed at the youth detention center where I anticipated the opportunity to work with minority youth, however I wasn’t sure if I was going to need to or be able to advocate for queer youth in the system.

Not Your Tragic Trans Narrative

What if a person is truly happy with the body they have yet present themselves in a role that is not socially conforming? Shouldn't trans folks be allowed to define who and what they are?

Gaysi’s Rashmi @ Chennai Pride 2011

Thanks to TG activist Kalki Subramaniam, our own Rashmi joins Chennai Pride 2011's "Bold and the Beautiful" event. Tamil version of Rashmi's piece "I" will be a guest entry in this film screening event.
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