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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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Pride, Ramadan, and Solidarity After Orlando

As we come off the heels of Pride—celebrating progress as well as mourning the lives lost in Orlando—and the end of Ramadan which was marked by attacks across the Muslim world, this timely article by Yale Law School professor Muneer Ahmad touches on the for LGBTQ and Muslim communities to “recognize their common interests, and to acknowledge their shared members. ” Read the full article from The Nation here. Also check out

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Lose Your Shirt on Halloween

Lose Your Shirt on Halloween

Halloween has officially become just another excuse to dress slutty…but who are we to judge? Mode’s latest video—as seen in Next Magazine—demonstrates some very punny costume ideas for boys who simply can’t keep their clothes on. Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for Bollyween here… 10 Shirtless Halloween Costumes                

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Make Up Maven Elton Fernandez Uncovered

Make Up Maven Elton Fernandez Uncovered

“Makeup is like foreplay. If done well, they will always want more.”—Elton Fernandez. Last month, 101 India featured Elton Fernandez, “India’s most sought after makeup maven” who has worked with Juhi Chawla, Nandita Das, Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Suri and others.  Elton talks about his days at Google and HSBC where makeup was just a hobby to him until he decided to pursue it full-time at the age of 25.  He had just

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The Eternal Soul is neither Male nor Female – Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata

The Eternal Soul is neither Male nor Female – Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata

As we approach the date when the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announces the legality of Same Sex Marriage, this video clip  below and the story [Y]ral: ‘Homosexuality In Ancient India’ – Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata based on the writings of our friend Devdutt Pattanaik takes us on a short journey into the roots of Hinduism and the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata where homosexuality, transgender souls, and other gender bender characters

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Sabeen Mahmud—a Progressive Voice Brutally Silenced

Sabeen Mahmud—a Progressive Voice Brutally Silenced

“I wondered if I could create a minuscule postmodern hippie outpost, a safe haven for artists, musicians, writers, poets, activists, and thinkers — essentially anyone who wanted to escape the relentless tyranny of the city for a little while,” Sabeen Mahmud described her inspiration behind founding The Second Floor—a coffeehouse and haven for progressive expression—in a recent interview with MIT’s Innovations Magazine. On April 24th, the Karachi-based human rights and counterculture

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I Am Straight As a Jalebi!

I Am Straight As a Jalebi!

This may just be the all time best slogan at any desi queer pride march. The third edition of Hyderabad Queer Pride and the first one in the newborn state of Telangana took place on the 8th of February with color, culture, and a touch of humor. The march had an underlying theme focusing on Telangana culture. Various signs condemning Section 377—India’s notorious ant-LGBT law were also seen in abundance. Check

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Cabaret Flashback 1973: Helen Turns Up the Heat

Cabaret Flashback 1973: Helen Turns Up the Heat

“Hazel eyed-chic-sleek-gorgeously glamorous twinkle toed dancer charmer of the silver screen” is how the Queen of Bollywood cabaret—Helen—is described in a publicity piece from back in ’73. Helen first appeared in Bollywood films in the early 50s where she cut her teeth as a chorus dancer. Her big break came along in 1958 when she performed solo in the film Howrah Bridge to “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” with playback

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