Tagged Under: Homophobia

  • This first (main) photograph shows the book launch ceremony during the event ‘Books, Films and IDAHOBIT 2017’ organized at the Alliance Francaise du Bengale Park Street centre in Kolkata on May 4, 2017. Dr. Rohit K. Dasgupta, Pawan Dhall and Stephane Amalir (standing from left to right) can be seen holding the two books launched, smiling and facing the cameras in the audience. The books launched were ‘Digital Queer Cultures in India – Politics, Intimacies and Belonging’ and ‘Social Media, Sexuality and Sexual Health Advocacy in Kolkata, India’. The first was authored by Dr. Rohit K. Dasgupta, Lecturer in Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University, UK. The second was co-authored by Dr. Rohit K. Dasgupta and Pawan Dhall, queer activist and Founding Trustee, Varta Trust. Stephane Amalir is Director, Alliance Francaise du Bengale. In the background is a screen projection of a graphic highlighting the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Photo credit: Arunabha Hazra
    May '17

    Digital media, queer lives and ‘Indian-ness’

    By Kaustav Manna, Arunabha Hazra

    Two books on the relationship between digital media and queer lives were launched recently in Kolkata. The event was part of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia observations....

  • Word cloud in the shape of a thought blurb on the theme of the new mental health legislation – it includes words like ‘advance directives’, ‘choice’, ‘dignity’, ‘insurance’, ‘LGBTIQ’, ‘mental health’, ‘legislation’, ‘quality’, ‘suicide’ and ‘treatment’. Graphic credit: Pawan Dhall

    New mental health law: Act of dignity?

    By Pallav Bonerjee

    Pallav Bonerjee assesses India’s brand new mental health legislation, the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017. The spring of 2017 brought along with it much needed relief and cause for celebration for...

  • Graphic shows the cover of the report talked about in this article. It is titled ‘“Unnatural Offences” – Obstacles to Justice in India Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’. The cover is deep blue in colour with a patch of lighter blue stylized like a tear falling – this is to the right corner of the cover. The title on the top and the International Commission of Jurists logo at the bottom of the cover are in white. The logo says “ICJ” in lower case – it has a lamp like icon to the left and the full name of the organization to the right. To the right of the cover is a box with a quote from the report. It reads: “In contemporary India, the enforcement of the law by the police and the country’s justice system fails queer people and is in sharp contrast with India’s obligations under international human rights law . . .”
    Mar '17

    (Un)equal before the law?

    By Danish Sheikh

    Danish Sheikh on the launch of a report on obstacles to justice faced by queer people in India Delhi, February 24, 2017: The International Commission of Jurists today launched a report titled “Unnatural Offences”...

  • Dec '16

    Kolkata pride calls for laws that respect human rights

    By Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival

    The 15th edition of the ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk’ is planned for December 11, 2016 – exactly three years since the infamous Supreme Court of India verdict on Section 377,...

  • Nov '16

    Privilege 101: Your handy primer to oppression and privilege

    By Asmita Ghosh

    Asmita Ghosh wants us to acknowledge and push back our social privileges, often invisible to our own eyes but painfully evident to those denied the same This article was originally published on Feminism...

  • Sep '16

    A joke

    By Rajib Chakrabarti

    A poet’s rebuff to ableism and homophobia

  • This photograph is symbolic in relation to the article to which it is associated. It shows the light of the sun, occupying the centre of the top half of the photograph, spread across the horizon past a hill. The sunlight dazzles through a break in dark clouds spread across the sky. Two persons (gender indeterminate) to the right side of the picture climb the hill, one behind the other, while a third person (gender indeterminate again) is on the left, higher up on the hill and much ahead of the other two. The sunlight and the peak of the hill, covered with small shrubs and grasses, seem to collide with each other. One of the persons on the right side, the one climbing ahead of the two, has a white shirt and dark sweater on and carries a long roll of paper in their left hand and a bag slung on their left shoulder. The person behind them wears a chequered shirt and carries a black bag on their left shoulder. A giant red halo formed by the sunlight playing against the camera lens encircles the three individuals in the picture. The photograph seems to convey a sense of an ‘uphill battle’, something that characterizes the struggles of the Indian queer movement as well. The dazzling sun in the horizon, the light of knowledge and liberty, beckons. Photo credit: Hari Chettri
    Aug '16

    India’s abdication in UN queer vote

    By Hari Chettri, Avinaba Dutta

    The 70th Independence Day could have had new meaning for queer people in India, but for India’s abstention on a recent UNHRC resolution to protect the rights of queer people....

  • This photograph has been taken near the venue of the ‘21st International AIDS Conference’ held at Durban, South Africa from July 18-22, 2016. A large red ribbon, the symbol of HIV and AIDS awareness, stands on a semi-spherical structure under a bright blue sky covered with white clouds. The semi-sphere has colourful engravings of red, blue and green, with much smaller round Braille semi-spheres at various places. Closest to the structure is a park with some visitors sitting on benches; a man in a red shirt can be seen leaning across the red and ochre boundary of the park, while someone wearing a blue shirt and white pants can be seen in a distance to the left. Going further left, a two-storeyed parking enclosed space with red skillion roofs and faded yellow walls with a capital ‘P’ sign can be seen. To the further right of the park, a walkway with a netted roof runs across to the centre supported by thin black pillars at similar intervals. Behind all of these, lie sky-rocketing buildings, five to the left and three to the right. Photo credit: Pawan Dhall
    Aug '16

    Lens on AIDS 2016

    By Pawan Dhall

    Pawan Dhall does a photo round-up of the ‘21st International AIDS Conference’ held at Durban, South Africa from July 18-22, 2016 The international biennial on HIV (human immuno-deficiency virus) and AIDS...

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