A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Interview

A photograph of disability rights advocate and activist Amba Salelkar

Interview – Amba Salelkar

But not every issue of discrimination and conflict can go to a court.Say for example, affording privacy to a young adult with disability to understand their body and sexual responses, or enabling them to access accessible sex toys or assistive devices related to sexual pleasure.

Interview – Poornima Sukumar

We advocate the idea of reclaiming spaces in society by creating large wall-mural projects to raise awareness and to create a voice for the community. We are now finding more innovative ways to engage the community to come out in public spaces, also using the Internet and social media, to feel confident, safe and a sense of belonging.

Interview – Manak Matiyani

Manak Matiyani, feminist and queer activist, experienced in facilitating youth leadership for social change, is the Executive Director of the YP Foundation. His work focuses on sexuality rights, gender justice, violence prevention, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights awareness. Manak has worked with diverse civil society organisations, grassroots groups, educational institutions, volunteer collectives and…

Interview: Sangeeta Rege

Sangeeta Rege is currently Coordinator /Director at CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes). CEHAT undertakes research, action advocacy and services related to operationalising Health as a human right for marginalised sections of the community. CEHAT acts as an interface between academia and progressive peoples movements. Sangeeta’s interests include issues of gender, sexuality,…

Interview – Abha Khetarpal

Abha Khetarpal is a disability rights activist and self-advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and President of Cross the Hurdles, a resource centre for online counselling, information, education and mentoring, focussing on issues of disability. Abha has lived experience of mobility issues and the challenges that arise as a consequence. On the subject of dating, Abha says…

Interview: Shruti Arora

Shruti Arora is a feminist trainer and researcher in the field of Gender and Sexuality. In this interview, she shares her insights on collective practices of building safe and sexuality-affirming spaces for young people, in friendships and community, digital and healthcare settings.
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Interview – Kiran Bhat

Kiran Bhat is an author and polyglot who speaks 12 languages, and has written in English, Kannada, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin. His recently published book, We Of the Forsaken World, has been described as “the tales of not just sixteen strangers, but many different lives, who live on this planet, at every second, everywhere”.

Interview: Shilpa Phadke

Shilpa believes loitering, just being, just hanging out in public places, is about ‘claiming the city with your body’. One of the co-authors of the book, ‘Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai’s Streets’ published in 2011, Shilpa has authored several essays and journals on issues of feminist parenting, gender and the politics of space, the right to take risks and related thoughts and concepts.
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Interview – Jasmine George

Jasmine George is a TEDx speaker, lawyer, and a sexual and reproductive health advocate from India. She is the founder of Hidden Pockets and currently curates conversations around sexuality and other fields. She is passionate about using alternative means in law and technology to explore sexuality
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Interview: All This And So Much More

Reflecting on the theme of Spirituality and Sexuality for this issue of In Plainspeak, in an interview with Shikha Aleya, Lata says,“What might a spiritual approach contribute? It can lead you to understand that there is a core aspect of you that exists prior to and alongside the particulars that shape your identity - class, gender, sexuality, religion, able-bodiedness, etc..."
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