After the Section 377 Judgment in December 2013, there has been a drastic change in India. Questions raised, equality compromised and entire nation in a flux. A lot of changes are in store and the voices need to be heard.
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Gay/bisexual men being forced to marry a woman has been the plot of many queer-themed performances in Indian languages (plays Dushyantpriya (Marathi) and Tu Khwaab Saja (Hindi) are some examples). Tutak presents a nuanced portrayal of three stakeholders in such a marriage—the married man, the gay lover, and the wife. Writers’ Bloc 4 Rage Productions […]READ MORE
It is that time of the year again! This time we call for submissions in four themes: A Lot Like Love Is your story about love at first sight or about love that has almost become camaraderie after years? Is it about love between youth or love between veterans? Is it about a passionate, whirlwind […]READ MORE
Shobhna S Kumar (SSK) in conversation with Ms Chitra Palekar (CP) on the film Aligarh.READ MORE
I am gay, like Dr. Siras. I aspire to be an academic, the way Dr. Siras was. In these two ways, the protagonist of Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh connects with me. The movie is based on a real incident in 2010 when Dr. Srinivas Siras, a professor, was suspended from his university after he was videotaped […]READ MORE
Mumbai celebrates Pride with a month long festival with events that explore and experience the many diversities of LGBTQIA India. Sunday, January 3 Queer Games | 4pm onwards | Juhu Beach Wednesday, January 6 QConversations with D’Lo and Anjali | 7pm to 9pm | The Hive, Khar (W) Sunday, January 7 Transamerica | 9-11pm | The Hive, Chuim Village Rd, […]READ MORE
December 11, 2013 can never be forgotten – it is the day our lives were re-criminilised. s377 of the IPC plays a large part in our lives. Yet, have we looked at the Constitution of India? Do we know what our Right? What are our Responsibilities/Duties as citizens of India? Nagrik Nukkad is […]READ MORE
Meet Bhumika Shrestha, Nepal’s all-time favorite poster child and LGBT rights activist who hopes to come back as a transgender woman in her next life too. Going by her feisty temperament, it appears she wouldn’t have it any other way. ‘Born For SEX — with no other capacity!!’ ‘This is what society thinks of us […]READ MORE
The Story: It has been a few days since the first gay-matrimonial ad of the country is out, and as expected, it gathered a great deal of attention both from gay and straight people. I don’t have enough information to comment on the reactions from the straight crowd, but as a part of the gay […]READ MORE
” AAMHE KA TISARE ” MARATHI FILM DIRECTED BY RAMESH MORE AND PRODUCED BT ALKA KUBAL ATALYE, COMPLETE AND READY TO TAKE THE WORLD BY STORM. BOLD SUBJECT, NEVER TOUCH AND A MARATHI FILM ON A GLOBAL ISSUE ABOUT THE SECRETS OF ” EUNUCH “READ MORE
Film : … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed) Director : Debalina Producer : Sappho for Equality Country : India Year : 2013 Synopsis: On February 21, 2011, two young girls committed suicide together in Nandigram, one of the interior villages in West Bengal. As the story unfolded we came to know of their […]READ MORE
That should be the question to begin every conversation that deals with LGBTQIA identity politics. Well, at least that should be the first question in India, claims L Romal M Singh.READ MORE
‘Counselling’ explained.READ MORE
Counselling is a process of growth, coming ‘unstuck’, dealing with difficulties and bottlenecks. Counselling is for anybody who is going through a difficult time in their lives. Most times, we are able to handle life’s challenges on our own, but there are times when all of us could use a helping hand to get through […]READ MORE
Is ‘marriage’ the next step?READ MORE
Nepal is the most open country in South Asia for LGBT rights, but even here, patriarchal biases exclude women and transgenders. Can foreign funding change this?READ MORE
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