When I finished browsing through this heavy pink-covered hardcover book that has Paolo Sergio de Castro’s image on the front – who died of AIDS and the book is dedicated to him – with “wish you were here” in golden color, I was overwhelmed with emotions. These 128 pages, cover to cover, carries the making of someone; multiple landscapes that change as abruptly as does the subjects of assessment of Sunil. Continue reading Sunil Gupta’s Photo-Memoir “Wish You Were Here” Celebrates Not Only a Personal Life, But a Queer Movement
Today, I’m out to everyone; except my mother and grandmother (for reasons I wouldn’t like to share). My brother thinks that homosexuality can be treated. Thanks to Baba Ramdev, who, according to him, has a cure for everything. I do know, as a matter of fact, that my brother and my sister-in-law did go to watch Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan; however, I don’t know what it taught them. Continue reading My Life Post Section 377
But there’s hope when courageous people like Dutee Chand come out and start a conversation in society. A conversation that ultimately leads to disruption and demolition of set-norms and paves the way to a new and more progressive society. Even if it leads to people from her village saying: “It’s humiliating for all of us.” Continue reading Dutee Chand’s Coming Out Is Inspirational
A very poignant narrative based on the lives of a lifeguard Russell (Tom Cullen) and an artist Glen (Chris New), this movie is deftly directed by Andrew Haigh. I choose to write this epilogue to put things in perspective. There are so many reasons behind homosexual people remaining closeted. The major factors, unsurprisingly, are their families and society. Continue reading Society, If Same-Sex Love Isn’t Part of Your Definition of Love, Then You’re in for Trouble
An interesting border, if I may say so, of ‘gender’ is navigated in one of the most deftly made short-films exhibiting and highlighting the concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community – Please Mind the Gap. And, our navigator is Anshuman, a transman. I happen to watch, Please Mind The Gap – a short film by Mitali Trivedi and Gagandeep Singh at the Open Frame Film Festival held at … Continue reading The Porous Border of Gender in “Please Mind the Gap,” Or Anshuman: An Identity in Transition
“You’ve a license to love now!” Saying this, they rushed towards me. Overwhelmed with joy, they couldn’t contain their happiness for me. I stayed calm. They’re disappointed. “Ye kaunsa pyaar hai?” (What kind of love is this?) I listened to them as well, who couldn’t help but scream at me. I screamed back with 2x decible level. They’re disappointed. At two different places, I have … Continue reading Who Is Society Anyway?
Was it a winter soiree where we met? Or did you ask for a light? How did we meet? I’m browsing through the remains of our memory In different compartments… All the time I floundered this chunk of memory I was reminded of our walks – an evening stroll On Max Mueller Marg We both walking hand-in-hand You will always have a sweaty palm, And … Continue reading United – Post 377