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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It’s my life, not for yours to imagine

By Shivalal Gautam
Shivalal Gautam wants queer activists and groups in mainland as well as North-East India to be honest to the purpose of community development work in north-eastern India
This daytime photograph shows a scene from the ‘Global Day of Rage’ protest in Guwahati against the Supreme Court’s verdict that had reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on December 11, 2013. This verdict had generated huge controversy and protests worldwide as the apex court had overturned an earlier Delhi High Court ruling that had read down Section 377 and decriminalized queer people in India. The photograph shows around a dozen individuals of different genders gathered on a pavement outside what seems like a public park. A discussion seems to be going on among the protestors. A large cloth banner that says “Global Day of Rage against 377” can be seen hanging from the iron fencing of the park. One of the protestors sitting on the pavement holds a poster that says “Repeal 377”. Many of the protestors are dressed in black. One of them has a photographic camera in his hand. Photo courtesy Satrang – The Gay India
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