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DESILICIOUS SPRING FLING | APRIL 7, 2018

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Why Celebrate Desi Independence?

Why Celebrate Desi Independence?

On August 14th and 15th, we celebrate the 71st birthdays of Pakistan and India respectively. Why celebrate an independence hastily crafted by British colonizers triggering one of the bloodiest upheavals in human history? In these unsettling times marked by nationalism, authoritarianism and a creeping tribalism here in the U.S and across many parts of the globe, national independence days are taking on an alarmingly jingoistic edge. And yet, as an LGBTQ

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Mr Gay World Runner Up—Samarpan Maiti—Bringing Queer Visibility to India

Mr Gay World Runner Up—Samarpan Maiti—Bringing Queer Visibility to India

“My mother says that I made our country proud and that must be celebrated! Sadly in our society people don’t have that same respect for us…” Meet Samarpan Maiti—model, actor, scientist, activist, and runner-up in the Mr Gay World 2018 competition held in May in South Africa. While many of us question why we even need a Mr Gay World in 2018—which raises all sorts of issues around commodifying looks, body shaming, etc.—Samarpan is

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Our Women’s March NYC Album

Our Women’s March NYC Album

The signs at the Women’s March in NYC will leave you laughing, crying, and feeling inspired. We joined more than 120,000 protestors taking to the streets for the Women’s March in NYC.  If you’re still standing on the sidelines, consider this the perfect time to jump in and take action to take back Congress in November. Stay outraged, resist, and vote!

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Sholay Chat with Filmmaker / Author Sri Rao

Sholay Chat with Filmmaker / Author Sri Rao

In advance of Desilicious Bollywood Wonderland on November 4th and the launch for Filmmaker and Author Sri Rao’s new book BOLLYWOOD KITCHEN, we sat down with Sri to talk about his upcoming book and other exciting projects. Sri was the head writer in 2008 of “General Hospital: Night Shift,” shown on ABC. He was also a producer of “New York” (2009) and “Badmaa$h Company” (2010). He wrote the Bollywood romantic

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We ♥ You Riz—First Desi Leading Actor to Win an Emmy!

We ♥ You Riz—First Desi Leading Actor to Win an Emmy!

“It’s always strange reaping the rewards of a story that’s based on real world suffering. But if this show has shown a light on some of the prejudice in our society, Islamophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, then maybe that’s something.” Riz Ahmed made history when he accepted the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in “The Night Of.”(CBS). The first

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Trans Rights Progress In Pakistan

Trans Rights Progress In Pakistan

Two groundbreaking bills have been introduced in Pakistan’s National Assembly that aim to expand transgender rights in Pakistan. The  bills widen the definition of trans people to include  “any person whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the society norms and cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at the time of their birth” and would also make it illegal to deprive trans people from inheriting property, evict them

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Rejected by Indian Censors for “glorifying gay relationships”

Rejected by Indian Censors for “glorifying gay relationships”

“It is official, Mr.Pahalaj Nihalni put the final nail in my coffin,” filmmaker-producer Jayan Cherian posted on his Facebook page in response to a letter received by the Central Board of Film Certification about his queer themed film Ka Bodyscapes. The Indian regional censor board claimed that  “(sic)… the film is glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationship, nudity accentuating vital parts of male body (in paintings) in closed shots in

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