Posts Tagged ‘India’

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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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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India’s Mr. Gay World Contestant Forced Into Hiding

India’s Mr. Gay World Contestant Forced Into Hiding

Thahir Mohammed Sayyed knew he was gay since Class VII. His family was supportive when he came out. Educated, career oriented and fit, 28 year old Thahir decided to represent India at the Mr Gay World 2015 contest in Knysna, South Africa. He expected some backlash and criticism. Unfortunately what he and his family received from the community forced them to go into hiding. The Muslim community leaders ostracized the

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The Top vs Bottom Debate in India

The Top vs Bottom Debate in India

“Is a top pretending to be worthier than a bottom any less a form of discrimination than a straight person imagining themselves better than a lesbian, bisexual or gay one? If we as gay men want equal status in society, we first must stop this kind of mentality. Otherwise shouting for gay rights or taking part in any number of LGBTI Pride parades is of no worth.” writes gay desi

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One Fab Granny

One Fab Granny

“I did not expect her to understand what I was telling her, but she surprised me with her reaction. She merely asked me if I was entirely sure of my feelings, and when she heard I was, she said that’s that then, there’s no room for any further argument. I was in tears.” Sambhav Sharma on coming out to his grandmother, Rani Sharma. Sambhav Sharma and Roberto Bilancia are engaged

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The Big Fight About Homosexuality on NDTV

The Big Fight About Homosexuality on NDTV

In the wake of the Indian Supreme Court’s declining to review its judgment on Section 377, NDTV’s The Big Fight presents “The Homosexuality Debate.”  Sparks fly as the conversation bounces from protecting minority rights to gays threatening the “survival of humanity” through their “unnatural acts!” Panelists include LGBT rights activist and filmmaker,  Sridhar Rangayan; Father Stanley of the Archdiocese of Delhi; Kamal Faruqui of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board;

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“We didn’t expect this.” — Gautam Bhan

“We didn’t expect this.” — Gautam Bhan

“The Supreme Court has taken back a right, which the Delhi High Court had given to some of its citizens. In the course of legal history, the trend has been towards an expansion of equality and human dignity. We do not expect the Supreme Court to take away dignity from its citizens. Therefore, it’s a deeply disappointing and frightening judgment.”— Gautam Bhan Vaibav Vats of the New York Times blog

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A Brief History of the Indian LGBT Struggle

A Brief History of the Indian LGBT Struggle

See a brief documented history of the Indian LGBT struggle as a timeline from 1977 to 2013 created by Satrang. And we have a long way to go. There may be some faces you will recognize and some that may surprise you.

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