Posts Tagged ‘gay’

Urdu Lesbian Love Poems from Awadh, India

Urdu Lesbian Love Poems from Awadh, India

Here is an article in the Indian Express featuring Urdu love poems or Rekhti, written by men (as was tradition in the past) but featuring the love between women in Awadh. An excerpt is produced below. If it intrigues you further or may inspires you, there are some more that can be found in this Indian Express article. Zanakhi kya hi maze se kal guzari rat Bala’en’ hathon ne mere jo

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India’s third gender, a perspective

India’s third gender, a perspective

Interesting read in the New York Times about India’s third gender – hijra, hermaphrodites, kinner, intersex…… known by so many names, recognized by the Government of India, yet they are forced to beg and prostitute themselves just to make a living and survive. They are revered and welcomed by society at weddings and births but at other times ridiculed and shunned. Living in a sorority of sorts, they share rooms

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Indian Gay Film ‘Evening Shadows’ will premiere at Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney

Indian Gay Film ‘Evening Shadows’ will premiere at Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney

Award winning Indian filmmaker and gay activist Sridhar Rangayan’s narrative feature “Evening Shadows” will have its World Premiere in Sydney at the 25th Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 25th at the Event Cinemas. The film recently received a U/A certificate by the Indian censor board, in a landmark decision that offers hope to the Indian LGBTQ community.  Set in a small town in Southern India, the film Evening

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Gay South Asians in Britain Forced into Straight Marriages

Gay South Asians in Britain Forced into Straight Marriages

“I’m Sikh, and culturally the older generation don’t accept homosexuality. My father ordered me to marry a woman because he thought that would cure my homosexuality.” Ranjeep, a Sikh man living in the UK describes his family’s extreme response when he came out to them as gay in this BBC article about LGBTQ South Asians who are being forced into heterosexual marriages in Britain. The Foreign Office and Home Office set up

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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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How Gay is Pakistan

How Gay is Pakistan

Mawaan Rizwan is a British gay YouTuber. He traveled to Pakistan to find out How Gay is Pakistan.  To play the video outside of the UK, make sure to first add the BBC iPlayer proxy to your Chrome browser. After it is installed, click on this link to play the video. For all the homophobia and ridicule he sees, he also finds people who have set up a center for

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Hai ma! Desi Mom Posts Gay Matrimonial Ad for Son

Hai ma! Desi Mom Posts Gay Matrimonial Ad for Son

“Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”), who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (though IYER preferred)” Harish Iyer’s mom, Padma, felt her son needed a little push in the romance department and like many meddling Indian parents, she decided to take the matter into her own hands by placing a personal ad in a local Mumbai newspaper. The fact that her son—an activist and

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Desilicious on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

Desilicious on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

If you woke up early this morning with your alarm clock set to NPR and heard Desilicious and ‘gay desi“, you weren’t dreaming. NPR reporter Alexandra Starr, who wrote a piece on Desilicious for the “New York Times” in 2007, attended our Sholay Birthday Bash last month.  You can listen to the audio version of Alexandra’s  “Weekend Report” here and read the text version.  A big thanks to Sazzad Reza,

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