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Indradhanush Baccha

Back then, I hadn't known who I was, or who I liked. I felt raw and fluid. I was naive but wild; I had the edges of my head shaved, only to have a long ponytail at the back. I had tubs of bleach and would colour it every week.

On How Love Set Me Free To Be Who I Am

The confidence of having strong friendships was felt elsewhere too, as I started putting myself out there in terms of romance. I’d been using dating apps for a while but …

On Laying Strong Foundations…

It was in Class 10 that I thought I found true love. Spoiler alert: It was just another episode of infatuation. I was alone with no one to truly call a friend, feeling out of place in the world, depressed and dysphoric.

I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day, I Celebrate Galentine’s Day

For me, I am unbothered. I have always been single on Valentine’s Day. The last Valentine I had was my best friend in high school, and we went to the local diner where I gifted her a box of candy and a balloon. This was back when I had yet to come out and still felt the need to conform to the heterosexual norms that society has so tastelessly imposed in the form of heart-shaped chocolates and kitschy Hallmark cards.

Skin Woes

The skin experts say to leave the pimple alone But I was sure she knew better The third time she said I walked around like a leprosy patient ‘With all that on your face’

On Her By Another Her

Momentarily shaken, out of This haze. Drugged by your love. Your previously sceptical voice: "You want me so bad,"accepting.

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Ought To Know Aro Adventures, When Aurea Meets Gaysi.

February is an important time to the aromantic movement across the world, and it needs acknowledging especially due to the co-occurence of the hyper-romantic Valentine's Day. The month's final week is commemorated as Aro Spec Awareness Week (ASAW) and is devoted to the dissemination of aromantic knowledge & awareness. This is to ensure that aromantic spectrum voices and concerns are heard and understood.

In Disaffection With The State of Things

Ravi’s crime: editing and sharing a Fridays for Future ‘toolkit’ Google doc, on understanding the farmers’ protest that has been sweeping and affecting the nation. In other words, it’s a crime to be a politically and civically conscious, young woman in what is somehow unironically and proudly touted as the world’s largest “democracy”.

LGBT Marriage Myths Busted

While we deserve recognition in the eyes of civil law, we don’t owe anybody the performance of the mainstream narrative. Here’s a list of reasons why.

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Malaysian Government Is Set To Strengthen Repressive LGBTQ+ Sanctions

Until 2018, according to various human rights campaigners, Malaysian courts had never actually executed caning sentences for same-sex conduct of relationships. However, in September 2018, the Terengganu state levied a caning sentence on two women convicted of having same-sex relations. Following that, in November 2019, the Selangor Syariah court sentenced five men to fines, detention and caning.

Same-Gender Sexual Harassment Cases Will Be Treated Under POSH Act: Calcutta High Court

On the petitioner's side, it was claimed that the POSH Act was not meant to resolve same-gender grievances and, on the other hand, the respondent's counsel argued that such complaints were addressed by the University Grants Commission (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Workers and Students in the Higher Educational Institution) so that they could be sustained under POSH Act as well.

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