I decided to write “I Want to Be Free” because I wanted to help people understand why June is essential to the Alphabet Army. But I realise that in doing so, I probably held back on how I truly feel about the things most of us go through daily. One of the biggest things that [...]
I Want to Be Free!
PRIDE! One of the most significant months for the queer community worldwide happens to be June, regardless of when any country holds their respective Pride parades. And for the longest possible time, June has also been an essential month for corporations to showcase their “support” to the community. Credit: @mattxiv on Instagram But before we [...]
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!
Being a part of the Alphabet Army isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, even though it looks that way on some occasions. Sure, rainbow flags, glitter, and stunning fashion may be fun to look at, but there’s so much more to the community than just that. Seeing how it is pride month, I thought it would [...]
Anything She Does
My sexuality, at this point, has become my personality trait. I mean, it should come off as me being proud of who I am. But it translates into - I am a bisexual woman, and everything I do is a B(i)y-product of it. Mumbai Pride 2020 But despite all this, I am an incredibly insecure [...]
Call Me Shakesqueer!
I’ve always been immensely proud of my sexuality, and make sure people know, not because I think it is cool, but because I want people to acknowledge it. And despite being so sure of my own, I never really knew or understood what the community or the situation surrounding queer people was. I still to [...]
I like my men like I like my women. That’s it! That’s the joke! Seeing how it is International Pride Month, I’m going to take inspiration from Lilly Singh by reminding you guys that I’m a strong, bisexual woman of colour! I’m sure I haven’t mentioned this enough *eye roll* but despite being privileged, I [...]
While we have talked about 377, and how and what homosexuality means in India. But what does LGBTIA stand for? Let’s Talk About It. LGBT is the general term used universally when referring to the community. But what exactly does it stand for? LGBT can also be written as GLBT, with the letters standing for [...]
No Homo, Bro!
While we briefly discussed the history of LGBT in India in the Humble Beginnings of section 377, do we know everything about LGBT in India? Let’s dig deeper. Homosexuality in India Homosexuality has always been a taboo in India, despite having always been around unbeknownst to us. The 153-year-old-colonial-era law, i.e., section 377 of the [...]
The Humble Beginnings of Section 377
The Indian Penal Code had a new entrant in 1864, during the British rule of India. Section 377 was modelled on the Buggery Act of 1533 and was used to criminalize sexual activities 'against the order of nature'. It states that whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman [...]