January 28, 2012
Looking at the photos of today’s march in Mumbai taken by my friend Sukhdeep I can’t help but be impressed by the scale of the event. The creativity of the marchers is pretty awesome too. Posting a few teaser shots by him until Gaylaxy Magazine comes out with their spread ( didn’t officially get his permission but as usual I assume he will tell me to go ahead).
See the rest on Gaylaxy’s Facebook page.
January 28, 2012
The official video of the QAM flash mob leading up to Queer Azaadi Mumbai. So excited for my friends like Sukhdeep of Gaylaxy Magazine who are there for the march today. I know Sukhdeep endured a long journey in an un-airconditioned train to get there but I also know he already has his sign painted. What a great day for India.
Love the chant “I am Gay, that’s okay.”
January 24, 2012
According to Gaylaxy Magazine this moderate sized event was the first gay flash mob in Asia.
As part of the pride week celebrations currently going on in Mumbai preceding the actual gay pride march in the city on 28th Jan, Mumbai today witnessed India’s first gay flash mob, which also happens to be Asia’s first gay flash mob. It was a pleasant surprise for many present at Marine Drive when a little after 6pm, more than 50 people started dancing to a medley of carefully selected Bollywood songs ‘Character Dheela’, ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Maa Da Ladla’.
Read the rest on Gaylaxy here.
Apologies for the shaky mobile phone video but it is the most complete one I could find thus far.
December 23, 2011
Via Sukhdeep Singh and Gaylaxy Magazine on FB
Awesome fun and perfect for the holidays.
Kolkata’s very own flashmob erupted as part of the winter carnival on Park Street on 18th December 2011! 300 young at heart jived to the lilt of Senorita. Enjoy!
December 15, 2010
Gaylaxy Magazine sent me the link to this beautiful equality campaign video put out by Equal India Alliance. It gives a powerful message in a very thoughtful and touching way.
As I said on Facebook it is interesting that India is forging ahead towards a bright new and inclusive future for all its people while , as was seen in that recent UN vote, most of Africa and the English Caribbean are slouching backwards towards irrelevance.
November 4, 2010
Today, a large chunk of the world’s population celebrates Deepawali or Divali ( as it is known in this part of the world). It is the Hindu celebration of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. I am not a religious sort myself but I think most of my readers would join in me wishing for a bit more knowledge rather than ignorance.
In other news, I think we can all feel a bit better that we live in a world where , thanks to Barcelona, the words Queer Kissing Flashmob can exist together. As I mentioned before this is meant to be a response to the imminent arrival of the Pope in Barcelona. His less than moderate views on the LGBT world have led the community to plan a kissing flash mob protest. Through several minutes of earnest digging on the web – okay, I just went to their Facebook page – I managed to find one of the posters for the event.
I hope his Holiness appreciates all the hard work and Photoshop work that went into preparing for his visit.
I have been uploading a number of past interviews I did to Vimeo recently to make them available to a wider audience. Though I seldom watch my own interviews I sat through one I did a few months ago with local writer, commentator and T&T Humanist Association founding member , Kevin Baldeosingh. Much of the interview’s content is specific to Trinidad & Tobago, but it also deals with the responsibility of governments to make difficult decision about minority groups even when such protection isn’t popular with the general population. You can decide for yourself. I will say, though, Kevin is one of the smartest people I know, so it is worth a listen regardless. Abortion rights and LGBT rights starts at around the 12:31 mark.
In honor of Deepawali/Diwali might I suggest that everyone read India’s own Gaylaxymag.com
October 27, 2010
Being a voracious reader I was pleased to run across an Indian e-publication called Gaylaxy which covers issues affecting India’s LGBT community. So far it has been a fascinating read from a unique perspective. I especially liked an article called OMG! He’s Gay!!! written about youth homophobia:
In their state of the nation poll, CNN-IBN last year had shown that 73% Indians think homosexuality is unnatural while 86% Indians believe that homosexuality should not be legalised in India. In a nation driven by biases and prejudices in every section of the society, the findings were not astonishing. However, it is unfortunate that a developing nation like India is still in the clutches of homophobia. Homophobia is a social malaise, is what we believe. And it is for us to educate the masses about ourselves.
Read more here.