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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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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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India’s finest drag queens who are breaking stereotypes and inspiring many

Did you know about the thriving drag culture in India? All thanks to Mr. Keshav Suri for giving all of them a huge platform to perform and also to bring International drag queens to perform in India. The Lalit Hotel hosts drag night every Thursday in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and sometimes in Chandigarh and Kolkata, where a lot of local queens get to perform and also get a chance to share the stage with the International drag queens...

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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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In conversation with the acclaimed Indian film-maker, Onir

We got in touch with the acclaimed Indian filmmaker Onir to feature him, a few days before his birthday, which is on the 1st of May. We feel that he has not been given the credit that he's due to receive for his contribution. In 2005 and 2010, even talking about homosexuality was looked down upon and Onir, one who has been out and open about his sexuality, made films like 'My Brother Nikhil' (2005) and 'I am' (2010). These...

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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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Top 20 LGBT movies and TV shows to watch online

Already done watching movies and TV shows from the previous blog? We are back with a new list! Best of queer TV shows and movies that you should be watching during this quarantine -(Also, we found a secret hack for Netflix. If you click on this link, it will show you all the LGBTQ content they have from all around the world-https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/5977) Prayers for Bobby When we are talking about queer movies, Prayers for Bobby is usually the first movie that...

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Well done Wendell – A tribute to the leading light of Beunic philosophy, Wendell Rodricks

Beunic would like to offer a heartfelt tribute to Wendell Rodricks as he left for his heavenly abode with us mourning his loss. It's a sad day for the fashion community in India. Wendell Rodricks, one of the most prolific and admired Indian designers of recent times, passed away aged 59. He died of a coronary failure at his residence in Goa on Wednesday. Rodricks created wonderful and iconic fashion moments. His pieces conveyed a gender fluidity, subtle shades between...

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Why NRC needs to be more inclusive for gender based persecution

We all know of the plight currently faced by our country and its citizens over the much debated CAA and NRC bills in the government pipeline. But what we don’t know is how many people will be possibly excluded and on what grounds. Persecution is not just religious in nature, as the LGBTQ community knows too well. Especially the Transgenders in India. Take the case of Transgenders in Assam. According to the All Assam Transgender Association (AATA) almost 2000 people...

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Section 377 Anniversary

We are now past the 1 year anniversary of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code being decriminalised by the Supreme Court. Years of oppression, misconception and persecution ended September 6th, last year. Although India still has a long way to go in all matters of inclusion, this was a big step towards the cause. For those of you who need a refresher, the Supreme Court ruling stated that consensual sexual acts between two adults cannot be a crime (and...

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