2019 witnessed both highs and lows for the queer community. Despite increasing representation and public visibility for LGBTQIA+ people, the draconian Trans Bill was passed that seriously impacts the lives of transgender people in India.
Pune-based queer activist Bindumadhav Khire talks about the media reportage of sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community.
Fire revolves around the relationship between two women, namely Sita and Radha played by Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi, respectively.
Queering fashion trends are not so inclusive of those who do not have the financial and cultural capital to access these designer labels.
The flip-side to using dating apps like Grindr is the mental exhaustion of constantly having to look “perfect”, the pressure of conforming to unrealistic body standards and the unhealthy expectation of requiring to be available for sex in order to meet another person for a first-time date.
On Tuesday, 26th November 2019, the upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the Trans Bill, despite protests from the opposition, and more importantly, from the trans communities.
The panel called the Trans Bill out for being extremely regressive and pointed out how it takes away the right to self-determination away Transgender people.
The Namma Pride 2019 Parade in Bengaluru was on the 24th November. The queer community decided to wear black in solidarity against pressing issues.
On 24th November 2019, thousands of people marched from Barakhamba Chowk to Jantar Mantar for Delhi Queer Pride 2019.
Transgender Awareness Week is dedicated to raising the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.