Koyel Khan

Koyel Khan

Koyel Khan is a sociologist. Her primary academic interests are in gender, sexualities, globalization, and human rights. She is committed to working for social justice.

  • This illustration is a photo-quote. The photograph shows Chinju Ashwathi, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls form the Ernakulam constituency in Kerala. The photograph is an outdoor and daytime one. Chinju Ashwathi, smiling brightly and looking at the camera, is standing in a narrow lane that has tall plants on one side and a low wall and houses on the other. The camera focus is on Chinju Ashwathi’s face while all other elements in the photograph are diffused. The accompanying quote says: “Born intersex, but assigned female at birth, Chinju Ashwathi lived the life of a woman for 22 years before embracing their identity. An active worker with Sahayatrika, an NGO for human rights based in Kerala, Chinju Ashwathi strongly argues: ‘Unless we are part of the political power system, we will fail to achieve progress and rights for our communities.’” Photo courtesy ‘Keyboard Journal’
    May '19

    How queer were my elections?

    By Koyel Khan

    Koyel Khan assesses the ‘queer quotient’ of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls Indian politics has been plagued for a long time with poor representation of marginalized communities, particularly those belonging...

  • This illustration shows the cover page of the report of a consultation on intersex issues described in the accompanying article. The consultation was an historic seminar on intersex persons’ issues in India. It was organized by NGO Solidarity Foundation and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore on October 23, 2017. The text on the cover page carries the report title (“What if It Is Neither?”) on the top. The names of the consultation organizers mentioned earlier, their respective logos and the consultation dateline (October 2017) are mentioned. The name of supporting organization Heinrich Boll Stiftung India is also mentioned. Cover page design credit: Solidarity Foundation
    Feb '19

    What if it’s neither?

    By Koyel Khan

    Koyel Khan sums up the report of an historic meet on intersex issues in India According to the United Nations for LGBT Equality fact sheet, intersex people are born with sex...

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