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Communities and Sexuality

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The Editorial: Communities and Sexuality

To belong or not to belong? Some people define themselves through commonalities. There are some who define themselves through difference and then seek to find others who share that difference. They find commonality in a shared difference. Commonality is what makes for a community. To keep that commonality becomes an unwritten rule. What lets you in? What keeps you out? Every community tries to keep its members together. There are expectations, rules, impositions and, for the dissidents, punishments. Ironically, even communities of people who do not conform to mainstream norms of sexuality or gender have their own norms.
A brown hand holding the pride flag infront of the Whitehouse (in the background) . Screen reader support enabled. A brown hand holding the pride flag infront of the Whitehouse (in the background) .

The United States of Indian-Americans

It is very easy to fall into the trap of believing that the survival of the larger group is more important than the rights of an individual. This is especially true in diasporic communities, where people are constantly struggling to keep their cultural identities intact while simultaneously assimilating to the majority culture just enough to survive.
A photo of Jessica Horn,Senior Advisor for the African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS

महिला मानवाधिकार रक्षकों के स्वयं की देखभाल और स्वास्थ्य रक्षा को सक्रियतावाद में राजनीतिक मुद्दे के रूप में देखना

वेरोनिका विडाल व् सुज़न टोलमे द्वारा संपादकीय नोट – इन प्लेनस्पीक के इस अंक में हम ‘समुदाय एवं यौनिकता’ के विभिन्न आयामों को देख रहे हैं। जहाँ अपने समुदायों की पहचान करना और उनमें अपने लिए जगह बनाना एक विशिष्ट आयाम है, वहीँ इस बात से भी इनकार नहीं किया जा सकता कि इन समुदायों…
winds of change in communities

Community and Sexuality: Learning a Politics of Unbelonging

After writing the words “Community and Sexuality” as the working title of this piece, I attempted to begin writing many times, but kept getting stuck at “community” and its meaning. I kept coming back to this common phrase that we hear often in conversations, “hamare yahaan...”, “hum logon mein...”,[1] or the many variations of the…
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