The 9th edition of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF), that spanned from 9th March to 11th March, screened a staggering 89 films from over 30 countries.
The fact that these students were forced to 'own up' to their feelings almost points out to the fact that instead of supporting and aiding the growth of the child, schools now focus on what is 'moral' and 'immoral'.
I remember watching the L word in the early years of college when I didn’t move with the feminist agency I do now. As a younger more impressionable queer woman, the highbrow posh characters of the show sunk their teeth in fast and I was hooked. But something seemed off.
And then, I saw her for the first time…On a railway station in the midnight, her heading off to marry her love; I knew we were in it together for the long haul.
Divya and the woman make eye contact. The woman ends her set, and the nagaadas start playing. Divya finds herself following the woman through the dancing crowd, as though in a trance.
What is pleasing about the episodes is that it gives us an insight into a relationship that faces its common ups and downs.
Throughout the performance, I could sense that Ehsaas is not a play that demands acceptance. In fact, it goes beyond the point of breaking the binary and looking at acceptance and dignity as a basic human right.
A truly remarkable 10th year and exciting time for all of us.
One look at Neha and Karan is besotted. Neha smiles but doesn’t look too happy. Karan flips through the book, reads the note and looks surprised.
Didn’t know you were watching me. I thought you were busy taking your clothes off!
Imagine my wild joy at the unexpected discovery that Mary Oliver was a raging lesbian in a long and happy relationship with very talented photographer, Molly Malone Cook.
Here is a beautiful story breaking away from this stereotype and shows that acceptance can come from anyone.
Campus spaces are arenas where thinking minds have the freedom to engage in conversations, and discuss the otherwise allegedly ‘uncomfortable’ subjects.
Every kiss of yours was touching my soul,
and the butterflies were giggling at our tryst.
She often forgot to empathise with herself. I felt she needed someone to peel off the layers of her personality before she could even think of letting them in. But then, I knew she did not need anything at all.
Through our imagination, we are making these spaces more welcoming for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and value diversity.
Carmilla is one of the few current shows known for its diverse cast featuring people of colour and of different sexual identities and religious backgrounds; it also deals with these topics subtly and sensitively, which gives this show a universal appeal.
This year marks the 10th milestone of the LGBTQ+ community’s collective struggle to fight back against homophobia, transphobia, shame and stigma.
Western media is changing and starting to show a lot of queer representation, but I have yet to see that kind of progress in South Asian media.
The room is too hot but my fingers are freezing. I sometimes wonder what it would’ve been like if we’d both come out in high school, if we would’ve tried dating for real.