To make my coming out easier, I told everyone I discovered I was gay in a moment of epiphany in my final year of college. I had had a real girlfriend until my second year. The story I put out was that we broke up because of relationship problems.
With threesomes being one of the more popular sexual activities that people actively "experiment" with, the curiosity about it is large. The threesome is popular among desi folks, of all orientations. But with basic sex education being largely inaccessible, there arises the need to be informed even when exploring boundaries.
His point of view is as strong as his will power to be a better ally to those who do not have the same privileges as he does. In the telephonic interview that ensued, he candidly discussed his experiences of working in the mainstream media as a homosexual man.
You wonder about the crush that you had on that boy when you were thirteen years old. Did you actually have feelings for him or did you like him because you had to? What about all those celebrities you were attracted to? Did you just pretend to like them because everyone else did? You wonder if you can even have a crush anymore.
Due to the lack of widespread legitimate recognition in the area of the LGBT+ Community, oftentimes the members of the same are resolutely ignored and, in most cases, alienated. They are considered no longer a ratified member of the society and their uniqueness is interpreted in the likes of a contagious virus.
LGBTQIA+ people have at several points in time being legally excluded from the public eye, and now it has transformed into a plethora of illegal yet forgivable acts of harassment, exclusion, violence and discrimination against such people.
As much as I love listening to 90s Madonna and Janet Jackson, I have issues with how central the figure of a cishet pop diva is in discussions about LGBTQ music. Just because we have learned to do the labour of translating dominant experiences to our own doesn’t mean it should be demanded of us.
He proposed within a week as he was flying to the UAE. We were in a long-distance for 5 years, where we got to meet only a month each year.
The kiss is returned tentatively, but Gee returns it just the same. She finds the ball of boldness in her to do it.
It is easy to forget the importance that language plays in a person’s gender identity and expression. Names, pronouns, even the words we use to speak, are in most languages assigned a gender. An either- or scenario.
All I did
Was press me
Closer to himself
And hold on
To his thick long hair
Not ready deep down
I am essentially one of those borderline pessimistic realists, who would never get their hopes up in the fear of having their hearts broken. I remember telling myself on the night before the day that I will not let the verdict affect me, that no matter what I will not be disappointed and that I will not let myself feel defeated.
The treatment gap of any mental health disorder in India is about 83%. (NMS, 2016) The WHO had predicted that by 2020, 20% of the population in India would suffer from mental health problems when the available number of mental health professionals for this demographic is a mere approximate of 4,000.
I look down at my rainbow socks, I used to cover them with black school stockings. I stare at them like I stare at my abyss and get caught up amidst flashbacks.
I open the app, and receive the texts from this guy who obviously was on the other side of the LoC, in what is called Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in India, and Aazad (Liberated) Kashmir on his side. I answered that I was on the Indian side, in Sopore.
As queer individuals in a homophobic and transphobic society, we are always striving to integrate into the very systems that have marginalized our identities. In doing so, we are tempted to adopt a conciliatory, pro-establishment approach.
In India – and this has been true since the British rule – English education has been indispensable for not only socioeconomic but also cultural mobility.
Here are a few things to be mindful of as you gear up for your first pride parade.
What began as a thesis while pursuing his masters in Comparative Media Studies in MIT became the first ethnography of gay life in contemporary India. It to help gay men explore their sexuality and accept their identities. It charts the growth and trajectories these offline-online communities as a result of globalisation and the subsequent changes.
Sleekly designed, State of the QUnion includes an interactive map that lets users find out their parliamentarians’ stand on queer communities in constituencies across India. A report card highlights their position as well as any statements made on homophobia and transphobia, trans rights, trans bill, Section 377, and LGBTQ+ rights.