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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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Being gay in Pakistan

Ever wondered what it would be like to be gay and living in Pakistan? We sat down with an amazing queer artist to learn more about what it's like living in a country where 87% percent of the population believes that homosexuality should not be accepted (Pew Research Center, 2013). Note: Name has been changed due to privacy concerns Q.1) Tell us something about yourself. A basic introduction (Age, where were you born and brought up, what do you do, a...

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How did the rainbow become a symbol for the LGBT community?

June is celebrated as the pride month in honor of the Stonewall riots that happened in June 1969. The rainbow flag is one of the most common sights at every celebration. More and more people are now searching for rainbow shoes, rainbow bags and pride outfits these days. I often used to wonder “Why the rainbow? How did the rainbow become the symbol representing the LGBT community?” That is when I started doing my research for this blog, and...

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Simple tips for Indian corporates/organisations to be more LGBT friendly

As you would know, the Pride month (June) is around the corner. Many companies are all geared up to have a few LGBT events (mostly online, thanks to Corona). But apart from celebrating Pride month, what are the few basic steps that every corporate must take before announcing that they are LGBT friendly and inclusive. 1) Sexual Harassment Policy The sexual harassment policy of most of the companies protects only the women employees of the organization. Also, as per the rules...

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5 Desi Queer Must watch movies on Netflix to binge while you quarantine

Super Deluxe Top of the list definitely has to be Super Deluxe. A collection of 4 different stories linked to each other is all we can tell you about the movie as we do not want to give away the plot. Evening Shadows Directed by our very own and extremely talented director Sridhar Rangayan, who is also an openly gay man, this movie perfectly shows the struggles of a religious south Indian mother to accept her son's sexuality. Mona Ambegaonkar's powerful performance...

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7 Must-Watch Queer TV shows on Netflix for the Corona quarantine

Pose Are you even gay if you haven’t seen Pose? This show will make you laugh your ass off and make you cry like a baby at the same time. The show is based in the 1980’s and perfectly showcases the African-American and Latino ballroom culture and the AIDS epidemic. This show has everything - from beautiful costumes, to amazing sets, to the best performances by some amazing actors. This show is just the perfect show to watch right now!...

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The Surrogacy Regulation Bill (2019); Consequences for LGBTQ couples and Indian society

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019, which proposes to ban commercial surrogacy, was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 5. It was meant to regulate an otherwise shady industry but the resulting bill is still very questionable at best. As per the Bill, only altruistic surrogacy will be legal, that too in cases where either or both members of the couple suffer from infertility, for which a certificate/proof is also required. Additionally, a certificate of eligibility is issued to the...

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