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17 & Genderqueer: Sasha’s Love Story | #QueeringValentines

There wasn't a particular moment of realisation that I was queer, but looking back, I always had an attraction towards girls and thought it was normal, and that everyone experienced that regardless of gender. And of course, I was wrong!
Prime Minister Modi & India's LGBT

Open Letter To The Prime Minister: Questioning His Silence On An Important Concern

It’s now one hundred and fifty-seven years ago since the British introduced Section 377 in India. Sixty-seven years of democracy, one hundred and fifty-seven years of protecting a law that isn’t a product of Indian values.
In Photos: Mumbai Queer Azaadi March 2017

In Photos: Mumbai Queer Azaadi March 2017

The Mumbai Queer Azaadi march took place on the 28th of January, 2017. There were people dressed up all fabulous and those in pajamas and sweatshirts. Some were dancing, because pride is a celebration. And then were those who were sloganeering and singing alternatively, because pride started as a protest, as resistance.
A Handy Guide To House Hunting For LBT People

A Handy Guide To House Hunting For LBT People

Here are some easy tips to follow or brace yourselves with if you identify as Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans* and go house hunting in India.
Dear SGPC, Homophobia Has No Place In Sikhism

Dear SGPC, Homophobia Has No Place In Sikhism

SGPC's own biases and homophobia is passed off as "Sikh ethics" without quoting from any of the Granths, or the teachings of the Guru.
What Does Sikhism Say About Homosexuality?

What Does Sikhism Say About Homosexuality?

Sikhism as a religion is very tolerant and advocates equality and there are no references to homosexuality and homophobia in Guru Granth Sahib.
Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk

In Photos: Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk, 2016

In Photos: Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk, 11 December'16!
In Photos: Delhi Queer Pride 2016 Demands Freedom And Dignity For All

In Photos: Delhi Queer Pride 2016 Demands Freedom And Dignity For All

Late afternoon on the 27th of November, it was a beautiful sight in Delhi as hundreds of people marched from Barakhambha Road to Jantar Mantar, covered in rainbow colours, waving signs of freedom and equality, asking for their right to be who they are and choose who they love in the Queer Pride Parade, 2016.
Namma Pride: The Karnataka Queer Pride Walk, 2016

Namma Pride: The Karnataka Queer Pride Walk, 2016 In Photos

Namma Pride: The Karnataka Queer Pride Walk, 2016 in photos.
Coming Out Is A Continuous Process And These 4 Things Helped Me

Coming Out Is A Continuous Process And These 4 Things Helped Me

Now, I know very well that everyone’s coming out or not coming out experience is unique. I’m writing this piece because when I was in the beginning stages of my queerdom, if I may, reading about other queer people and talking to more helped me tremendously.

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The Hypocrisy Of Censorship: Lipstick Under My Burkha Vs Films By CBFC’s Nihalani

Lipstick Under My Burkha was banned for being displaying lady-oriented fantasies. Now is a good time to revisit the CBFC Chairman's films of yore.
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Meet Iqra Rasool: The Young Pace Bowler From Kashmir With Big Dreams

Iqra Rasool has defied society's opposition to being a sportswoman. This year she hopes to lead J&K in the nationals for the 5th time.
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6 Indian Muslim Feminists In History

These six Indian Muslim feminists believed in providing equal rights and representation to the women in India.