Tagged Under: Queer Pride

  • This graphic shows a collage of media headlines on the Supreme Court of India’s verdict on the Fundamental Right to Privacy. Headlines are from ‘Ei Samay’ Bengali newspaper (‘No Entry Goponiyotay’); ‘Hindustan Times’ (‘Right to Privacy: Supreme Court Judgment Mirrors People’s Aspirations’); ‘Amar Ujala’ (‘Nijta Ke Adhikar Per Supreme Court Ka Bada Faisla’); ‘The Indian Express’ (‘Privacy Supreme’); and NDTV (‘Right to Privacy Is Fundamental Right under Constitution, Declares Supreme Court’). The ‘Ei Samay’ report has an interesting graphic that shows a hand holding a huge key, with the icons of a man and a woman holding hands imprinted on the bow of the key. The ‘Indian Express’ story shows a gallery of pictures of the nine judges who came out with the verdict. Graphic credit: Pawan Dhall
    Aug '17

    Dazzled, and hopeful – the notion of privacy for all Indians

    By Vivek Divan

    Vivek Divan on the commitment and flourish shown by the Honourable Supreme Court of India in rescuing the right to privacy from oblivion Remarkable events occurred in the Supreme Court...

  • This artwork shows the poster of the 4th birthday event of ‘Varta’ webzine to be held on August 5, 2017 at the Alliance Francaise du Bengale’s premises on Park Street in Kolkata. The foundation day falls on August 1. The poster headline says: “Queer Lives of the Media: A Panel Discussion”. Next to it is the graphic of a handheld loudspeaker. The text of the poster says: “How has the media helped the queer movements in India? Or has it created more barriers for them? What if it has done both? Why did queer movements feel the urge to create their own media content? What are those histories? Come and explore these questions and more with a panel discussion and also celebrate ‘Varta’ webzine’s 4th birthday! Varta is a forum for publishing and advocacy work around gender and sexuality, in particular queer issues. Panellists: Soumitra Das, senior journalist who writes on culture and heritage; Dr. Subhagata Ghosh, founding member of Sappho and Sappho for Equality, and Editor, ‘Swakanthe’ (In Her Own Voice); Sukhdeep Singh, Editor, ‘Gaylaxy Magazine’; Sanjoy Kr. Gayen, Editor, ‘Dream News’; and Pawan Dhall, founding member and Editor, ‘Varta’. Date: August 5, 2017. Time: 7:30 pm onwards. Venue: Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Park Mansion, 57A, Kolkata 700 016. Light refreshments will be served post discussion.” The visual in the background over which the text is printed shows a newspaper clipping from an article titled ‘Sad to Be Gay’ published in ‘The Statesman’ in the early 1990s. A sketch of two women holding hands and sitting close to each other can be seen in the article, but the text is faded out. The article was sourced from the Counsel Club Archives maintained by Varta Trust. At the bottom of the poster are the logos of the event organizers – Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Varta Trust, Kinky Collective and Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival. Artwork credit: Alliance Francaise du Bengale.
    Aug '17

    ‘Queer Lives of the Media: A Panel Discussion’

    By Sayan Bhattacharya

    Sayan Bhattacharya will anchor Varta webzine’s fourth birthday event at Alliance Francaise du Bengale on August 5, 2017, 7.30 pm onwards Varta webzine completes four years on August 1. The path was...

  • Quote: The posts, some of them pretty insightful and perhaps even cathartic for the writers, have attracted considerable likes, laughs and comments. All good in the spirit of freedom of speech, and some of these posts may even compel a few of the Adarsh Gay Bhakts and Sanskari Homos to introspect on their double standards and biased outlooks. But as they say, too much of a good thing need not be good.
    Jun '17

    One foot in the door

    By Pawan Dhall

    Adarsh Gay Bhakt, Sanskari Homo, Adarsh NRI Homo . . . a quick search on Facebook will take you to some of these posts that have been doing the rounds...

  • Photograph shows a scene from the starting point of the ‘Hyderabad HLGBTIQ Pride 2017’ (the abbreviation stands for Hijra, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or questioning). Half a dozen individuals (men, women and transgender women) can be seen holding the pride march banner at the starting point of the march (Krishna Kanth Park). The banner is made up of squares of cloth stitched together. Each square has its own pattern and colours, and so the entire banner is quite a colourful mosaic. Stitched on to the banner are the letters and numbers like appliqué work forming the name of the event – ‘Hyderabad HLGBTIQ Pride 2017’. There are also smaller pieces of cloth stitched on, with words like “Rohith”, “Adivasi”, “Muslim”, “Worker” and “Dalit Lives Matter’ written on them. To the right of the banner is a person holding a poster that says “LGBTQ for Radhika Vemula”. Paper rainbow flags can also be seen in the photograph. Other than those holding the pride march banner, another 15 or so people (mostly men) can be seen in the photograph, including a videographer, waiting under a bright sun for the pride march to start. Photo credit: Dr. Mukut Bhowmik.
    Apr '17

    Awakening the pride within

    By Dr. Mukut Bhowmik

    The author’s first rainbow pride march experience energized him to move out of his comfort zone. Hyderabad, February 19, 2017 would always be a red letter day for me! It...

  • Quote: Irom Chanu Sharmila may have stepped away from the politics of polls, but her politics of resistance will live on. Like subterranean water – not visible, nonetheless there – a deep aquifer of silent energy, quietly influencing life above ground.
    Mar '17

    Incremental change

    By Pawan Dhall

    Civil rights champion, political activist and poet Irom Chanu Sharmila may have lost in the recent Manipur Legislative Assembly elections. But all is not lost. Perhaps her defeat was expected,...

  • Art in museums, films, ropes and charpoys

    By Pawan Dhall

    I think I’m passing through a happy hours phase. No, not for guzzling beer or cheap Internet services; rather this is about being invigorated by the arts in all their...

  • Jan '17

    Kolkata queer pride musings

    By Pawan Dhall, Prosenjit Pal

    The organizing of ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk’ has often generated heated debates. These have thrown up many pertinent questions time and again on how inclusive and effective the walk is....

  • Dec '16

    Cinema, erotic poetry, music and moves

    By Pawan Dhall, Prosenjit Pal

    Prosenjit Pal and Pawan Dhall were at the ‘Hang Out with KRPF’, a queer evening of arts and adda graciously hosted by Alliance Française du Bengale, Kolkata on December 2, 2016...

  • 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

    Queer carnival beats Delhi smog

    By Sukhdeep Singh

    Sukhdeep Singh photo-documents the 'KinkPin Presents Queer Carnival' held in Delhi, November 13, 2016

  • 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....

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