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Posts tagged "glbt"

doqumentation:

Contemporary Pakistani Queer Artist Anwar Saeed (b. 1955) 

  • Saeed focused on the psychology of men beyond symbolism 
  • He focused on politics, male desire, & the male body in his artwork 
  • During the 20’s and 30’s, a time of brewing Hindu nationalism, the strong male body was brought to attention 
  • In his work we see the connection between the Indian and British man, the ideas of masculinity 
  • His work showed that India will no longer be a female symbol, and connects males to nationalism
  • His work reflected the idea that one has to be as aggressive with their masculinity as the British were to have a nation 
  • his first exhibit was raided by the police 
  • this showed the limites of the Pakistani art space

*notes are from the Contemporary Queer Art in Pakistan Session (day 1 of the conference) presented by Pakistani queer folks who are studying art hxstory and South Asian hxstory 

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dykesanddykery:

Gay-rights literature takes off in India: The decriminalisation of homosexuality in India is allowing writers to be out and proud

Until three years ago, homosexuality was illegal in India and stories like these about the lives of queer Indians remained largely untold. Now, emboldened by legal recognition and a growing gay-rights movement, queer Indians are starting to speak up. Threats from religious activists against Salman Rushdie prompted him to pull out of India’s biggest literature festival earlier this year but the event’s first panel on queer writing barely raised an eyebrow.
Since then an anthology of queer erotica has hit the shelves, HarperCollins India has published a novel with a gay protagonist, and this month sees the release of Out! Stories from the New Queer India, an anthology of 30 contemporary stories about being queer and Indian from publisher Shobhna Kumar and editor Minal Hajratwala, both lesbians of Indian descent. “For 20 years since I came out I’ve been reading every single thing I can get my hands on that’s queer and Indian, even marginally so, you know even just a hint of queer in there,” laughs Hajratwala, who lives in the US.
“When we got the first round of submissions in I thought, ‘Wow, I have never seen this kind of thing before; the characters are totally different.’ I don’t think the story of how a Sikh mother feels about her son becoming her daughter has ever been told.”
The stories span gender identities, classes and cultures and some are translated from regional languages such as Tamil. One tells a wife’s story of finding out her business executive husband is bisexual and HIV positive, another is about the suicide of a lesbian couple in a rural village. A third sees two female were-lions (think werewolves) with henna tattoos falling in love in the bath

dykesanddykery:

Gay-rights literature takes off in India: The decriminalisation of homosexuality in India is allowing writers to be out and proud

Until three years ago, homosexuality was illegal in India and stories like these about the lives of queer Indians remained largely untold. Now, emboldened by legal recognition and a growing gay-rights movement, queer Indians are starting to speak up. Threats from religious activists against Salman Rushdie prompted him to pull out of India’s biggest literature festival earlier this year but the event’s first panel on queer writing barely raised an eyebrow.

Since then an anthology of queer erotica has hit the shelves, HarperCollins India has published a novel with a gay protagonist, and this month sees the release of Out! Stories from the New Queer India, an anthology of 30 contemporary stories about being queer and Indian from publisher Shobhna Kumar and editor Minal Hajratwala, both lesbians of Indian descent. “For 20 years since I came out I’ve been reading every single thing I can get my hands on that’s queer and Indian, even marginally so, you know even just a hint of queer in there,” laughs Hajratwala, who lives in the US.

“When we got the first round of submissions in I thought, ‘Wow, I have never seen this kind of thing before; the characters are totally different.’ I don’t think the story of how a Sikh mother feels about her son becoming her daughter has ever been told.”

The stories span gender identities, classes and cultures and some are translated from regional languages such as Tamil. One tells a wife’s story of finding out her business executive husband is bisexual and HIV positive, another is about the suicide of a lesbian couple in a rural village. A third sees two female were-lions (think werewolves) with henna tattoos falling in love in the bath

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womenwhokickass:

Kalki Subramaniam: Why she kicks ass
Kalki is a transgender rights activist, actor, writer and celebrity from Tamilnadu, India. She also holds two Master’s degrees - in Journalism and Mass Communication, and in International Relations.
She was signed up a film ( ‘Narthaki’) in a lead role. the film is an offbeat film about the life journey of a transsexual woman - her quest for happiness, love and finding her identity. She became the first trans film star in the world to do a lead role in a major feature film.
She is the Founder of ‘Sahodari Foundation’ an organization working for the social, economic and political empowerment of transgender persons in India.
She works with in the transgender community on several issues, by creating empowerment programmes like entrepreneurship training which can positively change the poor transgender and intersex people’s livelihood choices, and with the public, advocates against transgender discrimination and hatred and voices for inclusion of transgender and intersex people at all levels. She has lectured in numerous seminars, colleges and universities in India and USA.
Kalki is also an actress and also makes short documentary films and is also the editor of the Tamil magazine for transgender women called ‘Thirunangai’. She works as an independent Media Specialist, and develops web based projects and is a script writer for documentary and animation films. She is currently working two of her books, a novel and a semi autobiography.
She was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Lioness Club of Chennai in appreciation of her transgender rights advocacy work, and was also chosen by ‘Ananda Vikatan’ Tamil magazine as the ‘Top Ten Nambikkaikal’ (Youth hopes) for the year 2009.
In 2010, she was invited by the government of the United States of America for a 16 days Human Rights activism & Awareness program through IVLP. She is the first transsexual foreign national to be invited by the United States government.

womenwhokickass:

Kalki Subramaniam: Why she kicks ass

  • Kalki is a transgender rights activist, actor, writer and celebrity from Tamilnadu, India. She also holds two Master’s degrees - in Journalism and Mass Communication, and in International Relations.
  • She was signed up a film ( ‘Narthaki’) in a lead role. the film is an offbeat film about the life journey of a transsexual woman - her quest for happiness, love and finding her identity. She became the first trans film star in the world to do a lead role in a major feature film.
  • She is the Founder of ‘Sahodari Foundation’ an organization working for the social, economic and political empowerment of transgender persons in India.
  • She works with in the transgender community on several issues, by creating empowerment programmes like entrepreneurship training which can positively change the poor transgender and intersex people’s livelihood choices, and with the public, advocates against transgender discrimination and hatred and voices for inclusion of transgender and intersex people at all levels. She has lectured in numerous seminars, colleges and universities in India and USA.
  • Kalki is also an actress and also makes short documentary films and is also the editor of the Tamil magazine for transgender women called ‘Thirunangai’. She works as an independent Media Specialist, and develops web based projects and is a script writer for documentary and animation films. She is currently working two of her books, a novel and a semi autobiography.
  • She was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Lioness Club of Chennai in appreciation of her transgender rights advocacy work, and was also chosen by ‘Ananda Vikatan’ Tamil magazine as the ‘Top Ten Nambikkaikal’ (Youth hopes) for the year 2009.
  • In 2010, she was invited by the government of the United States of America for a 16 days Human Rights activism & Awareness program through IVLP. She is the first transsexual foreign national to be invited by the United States government.

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In a recent BBC report on homosexual Muslims in the UK, one interviewee described an experience she had at a gay pride rally. She says, “‘There was an occasion at gay pride once where one of the marchers turned around and quite crudely said, ‘we didn’t know pride was allowing suicide bombers on the march’ –– it was really shocking to hear it from a fellow gay marcher.” The intersection of an affirmative declaration of gay and Muslim identifications runs into the ascriptive identification of all Muslims as terrorists.

Hussein Rashid, The Name Game: Understanding Tensions in Identity and Muslim Homosexuality, in Muslim LGBT Inclusion Project (via ace-muslim)

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myqueertestimony:

Testimony by ARNAB BANERJI (www.asaap.ca)

About the Project:

“Colour Me Queer” is an community-based photography project conceptualized by prominent Queer activist and Photographer Arnab Banerji with stories from queer-identified community models. Organized in partnership with ASAAP, this project recognizes the role of pride, shame, self-esteem and body politics in how we negotiate sex and interact with partners. Personal stories of pride, resilience and love from South Asian queer-identified models are depicted through narrative and photographed by Arnab.

(Source: thepublicstudio, via saturnslament-deactivated201207)

hinduthug:

:)
krupastan:


Manvendra Singh Raghubir Singh (born 23 September 1965 in Ajmer) belongs to the royal family of the former princely state of Rajpipla in India.
His parent attempted but failed to disinherit him after he revealed his homosexuality and since then his relations with the family have been in question. He is the only known person of royal lineage in modern India to have publicly revealed he is gay. @the wikipiDIOS


He lost his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country by the royal family when he publicly accepted that he is a homosexual. @http://pratyush.instablogs.com/entry/indias-gay-prince-will-adopt-a-child/#ixzz1AIiwnuJN


He even took up yoga to pacify his agony. In the library, he read about homosexuality in a book under the heading of `sexual deviation.’ In the book, it was described as a mental disorder. A few years after the painful divorce, he came across a column by gay activist Ashok Row Kavi. He bought Kavi’s magazine for gays Bombay Dost and quickly got in touch with Kavi. Through him and the magazine Manvendra met many likeminded people. He got deeply involved in a social network to help gays in Gujarat. @rediff india

hinduthug:

:)

krupastan:

Manvendra Singh Raghubir Singh (born 23 September 1965 in Ajmer) belongs to the royal family of the former princely state of Rajpipla in India.

His parent attempted but failed to disinherit him after he revealed his homosexuality and since then his relations with the family have been in question. He is the only known person of royal lineage in modern India to have publicly revealed he is gay. @the wikipiDIOS

He lost his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country by the royal family when he publicly accepted that he is a homosexual. @http://pratyush.instablogs.com/entry/indias-gay-prince-will-adopt-a-child/#ixzz1AIiwnuJN

He even took up yoga to pacify his agony. In the library, he read about homosexuality in a book under the heading of `sexual deviation.’ In the book, it was described as a mental disorder. A few years after the painful divorce, he came across a column by gay activist Ashok Row Kavi. He bought Kavi’s magazine for gays Bombay Dost and quickly got in touch with Kavi. Through him and the magazine Manvendra met many likeminded people. He got deeply involved in a social network to help gays in Gujarat. @rediff india