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Video Page: The Issue of Trans Victimization – Bittu

Is Brahminical patriarchy present in queer spaces? How can marginalised groups effectively advocate for themselves without relying too heavily on the ‘victimization’ narrative? Does the movement to end caste interact with the fight for queer rights? In this video, Dalit queer activist and academic Bittu explains the ways in which caste hierarchy appears in queer…
VENKAT RAMAN SINGH SHYAM/NAVAYANA

Brushstrokes: When Ganja fell in love with Mahua

The Ganja-Mahua Chronicles is an art project that draws attention to the role that marriage plays in upholding India’s caste system. By illustrating four stories of inter-caste love, project creators Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S Anand highlight not only the resilience of people who break caste boundaries, but also society’s violent reactions to these…

Video Page: In A Heartbeat

In the short animated film In A Heartbeat, a young man is quite literally torn between his heart and his mind when he develops feelings for one of his male classmates. The film has garnered praise worldwide for its honest portrayal of the internal struggle that many queer people go through from a young age,…

Video Page: Sita sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues is an animated retelling of the Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic about the Hindu god Rama and his quest to save his wife Sita from Ravana, the king of Lanka. The Ramayana has been retold through many different media – live performance, TV, movies – but this representation is unique in…

Brushstrokes: Indian Teen Artist Reimagines Goddesses As Modern-Day Feminists

Bringing to life five goddesses from across the world, 17-year-old Priyanka Paul from India has used illustration to reimagine these mythological women as modern-day feminists. On her Instagram, Paul gives each of her subjects a completely new look and back story, suggesting that they would be involved in current feminist causes both on and offline.…

Brushtrokes: Queering Bombay’s Public Spaces

In a society that heavily restricts expressions of sexuality, openly asserting your queerness is a difficult and important act. In an effort to push back against the erasure of queer people from Indian public spaces, photographer Sana Javeri Kadri has created a photo essay of queer people expressing love and desire in the streets, beaches…
Pyaar Plus: The Story of Nisha and Chetan

Pyaar Plus: The Story of Nisha and Chetan

In this video, Nisha and Chetan set the record straight about love, attraction, and disability. Nisha’s life changed after a spinal cord injury that led her to use a wheelchair. She thought romance was off the cards for her – until Chetan came into her life.
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