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Inside the Making of “U for Usha”

Inside the Making of “U for Usha”

While Ek Ladki Ko Dekha is being heralded as mainstream Bollywood’s first feature focusing on a lesbian relationship, independent Indian filmmakers have been producing films with desi-queer themes for decades. BomGay, Fire, and My Brother Nikhil are one of dozens of critically acclaimed productions that have tackled the topic. We’re thrilled that Sholay’s very own visuals maestro, Lotus Visual, has co-produced a Marathi language short film, U for Usha— a nuanced

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Sonam Kapoor Leads in Desi Queer Love Story

Sonam Kapoor Leads in Desi Queer Love Story

We’re very excited about the upcoming release  of “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”  directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, and starring Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Anil Kapoor in what is billed a “coming-of-age queer romantic comedy-drama.”  Sonam portrays Sweety Chaudhary,who rejects all attempts by her Punjabi family to find her a husband because she is secretly in love with Kuku, played by Regina Cassandra.  While the trailer is quite subtle, (spoiler alert!) Sonam’s character

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“Evening Shadows” on Dec 15th at SAIFF

“Evening Shadows” on Dec 15th at SAIFF

The 15th Annual South Asian International Film Festival is kicking off this week and will feature the official premier of Sridhar Rangavan’s “Evening Shadows” on Saturday, December 15th at 6:30 PM.  The film features on a mother-son relationship and how the mother deals with her son’s coming out of the closet and the father’s reaction and struggle to accept it. “Evenging Shadows” is also the Official Feature Selection in the festival’s Competition

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Canvas, Phone Bank and Vote Like the World Depends On It…

Canvas, Phone Bank and Vote Like the World Depends On It…

..because it does. What’s at stake? Everything. We’re in the final stretch and we’re all getting nervous with dark money and voter suppression tactics potentially tipping the scales against progress. If your state has early voting, please make sure to vote as soon as possible.  Otherwise, there’s a lot one can do in the days leading up to November 6th, even in our “safe bubble” of New York City.  Swing Left’s

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Panel and Performances Celebrating the Demise of Section 377

Panel and Performances Celebrating the Demise of Section 377

We were thrilled to co-sponsor Wednesday night’s #Micropolis event at WNYC”s  Greene Space to celebrate the recent demise of India’s archaic law, Section 377, which outlawed gay sex. The evening featured moving panel discussions, fab drag performances, beats by Ashu Rai and was hosted by Arun Venugopal. Thanks to Riddhi Sandil, Gayatri Gopinath, Lal Batti and Sundari Indian-Goddess for an engaging and informative evening—and for the years of solidarity + activism…moving the needle on LGBTQ movements across the diaspora. If you missed

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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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Trump Administration Drains HIV/AIDS Funding to Pay for Child Detentions

Trump Administration Drains HIV/AIDS Funding to Pay for Child Detentions

How low can you go, Cheeto? Slate reports that the Trump administration is quietly siphoning funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to pay for their recklessly implemented zero-tolerance immigration policy which has led to the detention of thousands of children who have been separated from their parents. Slate was able to acquire documents from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) an agency that is part of the Department of

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LGBTQ in India: Progress and Risk

LGBTQ in India: Progress and Risk

As we celebrate Pride across the globe this June, the NY Times recently highlighted the continued challenges faced by LGBTQ folks in India under the regressive  Section 377 of the Indian Penal code criminalizing gay sex. This summer, India’s Supreme Court is expected to consider petitions made by members of the LGBTQ community who are mobilizing for change. As  the court reviews the law’s constitutionality, lawyers and activists who have been

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