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SISAK’s New York Debut at NYIFF on May 2nd

SISAK’s New York Debut at NYIFF on May 2nd

Sisak, which we talked about here, will finally have its New York debut at the at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) on May 2nd at 9:15 PM.  Sisak, which is billed as India’s first Silent LGBTQ love story had its world premier on April 4 in Boston is the Official Selection at Thessaloniki International L.G.B.T.Q Film Festival and Playa Pride! in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. And for anyone in Pennsylvania this weekend,

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Vicks Tugs on Your Heart Strings for Trans Rights in India

Vicks Tugs on Your Heart Strings for Trans Rights in India

Who out there remembers that burning-cooling-gooey salve that provided a bit of comfort from a bad childhood chest cold—especially when lovingly applied by a doting mummy, naani, daado, or auntie? Procter and Gamble, the makers of Vicks VapoRub, teamed up with creative agency Publicis Singapore to launch a groundbreaking ad that celebrates desi motherly love with a queer twist. Steeped in Indian cinematic nostalgia, the ad is inspired by the true story of Gayatri and

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Celebrate Holi with In Group’s Rang Barse on March 25th

Celebrate Holi with In Group’s Rang Barse on March 25th

Just in time for 65+ degree weather this Saturday, it now feels like the perfect time to celebrate Holi in New York   In Group’s annual “Rang Barse” Holi cruise will be happening this Saturday, March 25th, featuring music by Sholay’s own Ashu Rai and Dholi Mohit.  Rang Barse will once again be held on a ship that will set sail from Pier 40 and holi colors will be provided

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Sisak—India’s First Silent Gay Short Film Debuts at Boston’s Wicked Queer Fest

Sisak—India’s First Silent Gay Short Film Debuts at Boston’s Wicked Queer Fest

Sisak—India’s first silent LGBT short film will debut at Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival in April. Written & Directed by Faraz Arif Ansari, Sisak follows the story of two men in Mumbai whose eyes meet on their regular train commute.  Burdened with the larger social (and legal) scorn the two are unable to say anything to each other as their love grows in silence. The chemistry between lead actors Jitin Gulati and

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The Leatherman and His Proud Pakistani Grandparents

The Leatherman and His Proud Pakistani Grandparents

“I couldn’t be the out and proud leatherman I am today without the support of my family.” Ali Mushtaq wrote on Facebook recently, alongside a photo of himself with his grandparents. The 27-year-old Pakistani-American is the current reigning Mr. Long Beach Leather. He’s lived with his grandparents since the age of 11 and came out to them when he was 15.  He started exploring the LA leather scene in college and didn’t  hide

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Kansas City Star Editorial: Trump Silence is “Disquieting”

Kansas City Star Editorial:  Trump Silence is “Disquieting”

The Kansas City Star has published a searing editorial taking #45 to task for his silence in last week’s shooting of three men in a bar and death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.   The editorial mentions that the silence is beginning “to verge on something more disquieting”.  Authorities have not yet called the shooting a hate crime, instead saying they are investigating to see if it was motivated by bias. However, witnesses have reported that the shooter hurled racial slurs

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Laverne Cox on MSNBC: “We are not safe in this country”

Laverne Cox on MSNBC: “We are not safe in this country”

“These anti-trans bathroom bills are not really about bathrooms, it’s about whether or not we believe trans people have a right to exist in public space.” Laverne Cox spoke out on MSNBC in the wake of the administration’s latest oppressive move, withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination. She layed out

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Desis are telling #45 what they think

Desis are telling #45 what they think

We’ve been encouraged by the rallies, protests and overwhelming surge in civic engagement across the country, even during these dark times.  And, if you’re feeling even more depressed by Hindus for Trump and other desi Benedict Arnolds, take comfort in these images selected by Buzzfeed  They feature an assortment of creative phrases and puns, many of which are very familiar to us.  Of course, our favorite is the hot guy with the

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