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

Posted: March 8th, 2017

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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

Posted: February 27th, 2017

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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

Posted: February 24th, 2017

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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

Posted: February 17th, 2017

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Conversation with Samir Narang/Lal Batti

Conversation with Samir Narang/Lal Batti

Read Aleksandr Chandra’s interview and conversation with Samir Narang, a doctor by day (at Weill Cornell Medical College) and drag queen by night. You’ve seen Lal Batti host and perform at previous Sholay parties and Yuva’s upcoming Back to School bash.

Posted: September 7th, 2016

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Life and Death of Iraqi Dancer Adel Euro

Life and Death of Iraqi Dancer Adel Euro

The world has witnessed many tragedies in recent weeks, from Orlando, Dhaka, Istanbul, Baghdad, and Medina to St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas.  There have been many stories of the victims and survivors of these tragedies, including one which has touched us immensely –  the life of 27-year Iraqi rapper, artist and performer Adel Euro , (Adel El-Jaf) who died in last week’s bombing in Baghdad.  Adel was self-taught and started

Posted: July 8th, 2016

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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

Posted: July 6th, 2016

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Sufi Legend Amjad Sabri Is Gunned Down in Karachi

Sufi Legend Amjad Sabri Is Gunned Down in Karachi

We are extremely saddened to hear about the untimely death of Sufi music legend Amjad Sabri, who was gunned down during  an ambush on his car this week. A Taliban group in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack. If you’ve never heard of the Sabri brothers, take look at this compiled list of videos, or download one of the compilations on iTunes.  Or, purchase “Ya Habib’, which was released by

Posted: June 23rd, 2016

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