Varta Trust organizational logo: The word ‘Varta’ written out in black colour in a bold stylized typeface in all capitals on a white background. The text is inside a rectangle finely outlined in black. The first ‘A’ in ‘Varta’ is affixed with the graphic of a bugle on top. The bugle faces to the right, and breaks the rectangular outline where it sticks out above the logo lettering. Tagline below the logo says "Gender, Sexuality, Intimacy, Publishing". Logo artwork credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

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Being queer – the key or the cage?

By Kaushik Gupta

Tanya Kole elaborates on the ‘queer conundrum’ as it relates to day-to-day life
This photograph shows a scene from a march held in Kolkata in 2013 to protest against the violence faced by women and queer communities in India. The photograph is an evening-time close-up shot of a poster held up by a participant in the march. The poster, in large blue and red lettering on a yellow background, simply says “Not labelled”. The poster seems to indicate at the silence around the existence of queer people in society and their experience of violence. The participant holding the poster is not visible in the photograph. Only their hands and arms holding the poster are visible. Glimpses of several other people walking in close vicinity of the participant can also be seen. Photo credit: Kaushik Gupta
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