Posts tagged ‘India’

January 28, 2012

Official Queer Flash Mob Mumbai 2012 Video

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.”

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December 7, 2011

Chanel | Paris/Bombay | Pre-Fall 2011/12 Full Fashion Show

Pt. 2

December 7, 2011

Watch “Chanel | (Paris/Bombay) Pre-Fall 2011/2012 | Interview Karl Lagerfeld” on YouTube

November 28, 2011

India keeps moving along – “30 Minutes: My child is gay” IBN-LIVE

Via Gaypersecution insrilanka on FB

October 11, 2011

Project Bolo

Today is apparently National Coming Out Day (in the US at least) so it is sort of interesting that I just discovered Project Bolo on Vimeo.  In their own words:

PROJECT BOLO, meaning ‘Project Speak Up’, offers role models by documenting Indian LGBT persons – their growing up, struggles, love, career, achievements and life.

Project Bolo’s objective is to record Indian LGBT history, as well as inspire and empower the LGBT community in India, by presenting video interviews of LGBT persons and role models, who ‘speak up’ about their life and work.

I found this older gentleman Hoshang Merchant to be especially brilliant and funny.

Hoshang has always been a rebel, he says, right from his
childhood in Mumbai in a Parsi household. He studied at
Purdue and then traveled extensively teaching and… looking
for life experiences – from US to Iran to Palestine. He returned
back to India but could not get a job. He was rejected by
several colleges and universities because he was openly gay
and unapologetically so. Finally he found his home at the
University Of Hyderabad where he continues to teach English
literature. The anthology he published ‘Yaraana’ was one of
the first queer writings to come out of India and he has more
than 25 books to his credit – of poems, essays and stories.
He is a rebel with a cause!

And this one is an overview video of about twenty interviews.

Looks like I have some viewing ahead of me.

Videos courtesy : Project Bolo – Indian LGBT Oral History Project

February 4, 2011

ILGA turned down again by UN Economic and Social Council.

The International Lesbian,Gay , Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ( ILGA) has once again been turned down for membership in the UN’s Economic and Social Council. Inner City Press is reporting the vote  on the application was proposed by Belgium but Sudan immediately countered that the application should not be considered.

When the dust had cleared it was voted  9-7 with one abstention ( Kyrgyzstan ) that the application should not be considered. Countries voting  not to consider the ILGA’s application ( i.e. ‘yes’)  were:  Russia, Senegal, Sudan, Venezuela, Burundi, China, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Morocco .

Countries voted against the application being  ignored ( i.e. ‘no’) were:  Peru, Turkey, USA, Belgium, Bulgaria, India and Israel.

Read much more on Inner City Press here.

The approved resolution put forward initially on December 17, 2010 was as follows:

A) on the basis that ILGA represents over 700 LGBTI member organisations throughout the world equally committed to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to promote the universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the elimination of all forms of discrimination and also including the realisation of the specific provisions of the following international human rights instruments:
· The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
· The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
· The International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination;
· The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women;
· The Convention on the Rights of the Child
· The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
· United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

B) concerned that ILGA’s applications for ECOSOC status have been unjustly denied 4 times,

C) disturbed by the discriminatory treatment from the UN NGO Committee demanding once again (November 2010) ILGA to subject our membership to additional, unreasonable and unjust requirements outside of the protocol concerning ECOSOC applications,

1) condemns the repeated attempts to link ILGA and LGBTI organisations with paedophilia

2) insists that the United Nations recognizes ILGA’s right to obtain ECOSOC status in order to engage with the United Nations system like any other legitimate organisation.

Original located on ILGA’s site here.

At least you know which countries to add to your no-visit list.

December 15, 2010

Amazing Indian Equality Campaign.

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 1, 2010

Changing times in India

It seems that the LGBT community in India is embracing changes to its laws in July last year

“We declare that Section 377 of IPC in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private is violative of Articles 14, 21 and 15 of the Constitution,” a bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar said.

Sporting a chirpy Happy to be Gay! headline , The Times of India published an interesting article about how India’s LGBT community is now spending money to celebrate. I am very happy for them

T-shirts with witty one-liners, an e-bookstore and a dedicated gay travel boutique – customised products have become increasingly popular among India’s gay community looking at new ways to assert its identity a year after the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexuality.

Sanjay Malhotra founded Indjapink, India’s first dedicated online gay travel boutique, nearly two years back and has catered to around 500 high-end foreign and Indian tourists.

Read more here.

October 27, 2010

A perspective from the other side of the world…

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.