Queer Mythology: Maharaja Virata And Brihannala

How important is using the right labels, pronouns and words? Quite important, we say. The core of gender and sexual identity is in the power of self-identification. Something which must be respected, understood and supported as part of the person who grows in and with the society around them. We bring to you, as part of our ongoing Mythology series, the story of King Virata and Brihannala. A story of acceptance, love and beauty, illustrated by Adrija Ghosh that tells the society of today, that kindness is indeed, the greatest virtue.

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Jo Krishnakumar is a trans queer researcher interested in all things sex, sexuality, gender and how different groups/people experience these wor(l)ds. Their work is informed by their constant learning/unlearning of the privileges they have due to their social location as a dominant/oppressive caste person (Nair) while also occupying space as a (mentally) disabled trans person of colour. Find them on their unfinished webspace www.waytojo.com.

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