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Disability, Representation And Pride

Disability Pride MonthQ. Please give us a brief introduction of yourself and a little about your disability.My name is Karthik (he/they), and I am a cisgender gay man. Hence, there is a level of intersectionality in my identity. I work with Thoughtworks, a global software consultancy firm. I have cerebral palsy, a disability by birth, and for me, it has manifested in the form of spastic diplegia. It affects my lower limbs and makes mobility complicated for me. I...

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The Journey of Gender Neutrality In Fashion

Across time and places, fashion has always been a reflection of a society’s culture. The second wave of feminism saw women dressing up in traditionally masculine clothing as a tool to claim agency and rights. In today's day, trends bleed through gendered boundaries. The Indian fashion industry is pegged to be increasingly gender-neutral. It is not out of the ordinary for a male Bollywood star to strut down red carpets wearing a skirt or a dutifully up to date...

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We may be free, but are we safe?

We may be free, but are we safe? If you’ve been binging video content online, you’ve come across many shows that talk of the apocalypse. And why not, with the current abnormal circumstances that the world is going through, the apocalyptic, dystopian tv shows feel slightly familiar now. We may not have zombies, we may not have bigoted dictators that have killed ALL of the opposition, we may not live in the lawless frontiers yet, but we sure have the wherewithal for...

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The Ruling Party is not homophobic, and other lies you’ve been told

Who you vote for and who you love don’t always converge.  Your sexuality & your political leanings do not have to be dependent on each other. While identity politics might be a game that is played in the huts and mansions of democracy, in a country as diverse as India, political opinions and preferences are varied and are often unrelated solely to one’s sexual orientation.Members of the community in our country cannot be easily categorized as left or right...

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A tale of Endeavors and Serendipity

There are always certain questions that come to our minds when we think of love. How do we find love? How do we know that the person who we have chosen is the right one? And if everything goes well, how will our families accept our relationship and the immutable love that we have for each other? For some, the answers are readily available, but for some, they have to fight their battles. And Manish and Etienne’s story is the...

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LGBT owned Business in India

Growing up queer is anyways difficult, and on top of that, being an entrepreneur can be even more challenging. We put together a list of 13 Queer entrepreneurs all across India who have braved all the challenges and set up their businesses. Even a follow on their social media can be really helpful. And an order would definitely be great! So please do check them out and show your support! Anisha ChaudhariThreads And Shirts (Fashion) Founded in 2015, Threads & Shirts...

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Living positively with HIV

We have received many requests to help increase awareness about drug abuse, HIV and other STD’s. Here is our first attempt to shed some light on HIV, a disease that is mired in misconception and has no cure as of now, through the story of 2 HIV positive individuals. The Difference: What is HIV vs AIDs? HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus, that attacks the immune system of the body. HIV is mostly commonly transmitted by coming in contact with...

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Celebrating 4 years of togetherness of our favourite couple!

Before we get to the couple goals, let’s get to know the guys a little better in their own words. Suresh Ramdas (SR)is tall, dark and handsome.He is bald with an infectious smile and a voice that’s soothing yet loud. Suresh, whose roots are from Tamil Nadu, was born in Mumbai and raised in various parts of Karnataka like Mysore and Manipal. Now he is residing in Bengaluru since 2003. A proud 38 years young guy who works in the...

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Finding a balance between religious & sexual expression

In this series we talk to openly gay people from different faiths about their expereince with religion. Disclaimer: This article contains personal opinions and experiences. The views expressed do not speak for all members of a community, religion or faith Abdul Rahman Khan or as he likes to be called, Rahman was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He got a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from Ghaziabad and then completed his Masters in Quality Assurance from Manipal University. Since 2016 he has...

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If religion increased your chances for sex: would you have more faith?

Homosexuality & Religion 1: Zoroastrianism With everything that’s going on in the world some people think that we’re in the end game (Avenger’s pun intended). So what better time than now, to start a discussion about religion? In this series I talk to openly gay men from different faiths about their experience with religion and sexuality. Disclaimer: This article contains personal opinions and experiences. The views expressed do not speak for all members of a community, religion or faith  Apart from taking...

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