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Mental Health and Sexuality 2

Editorial – Mental Health and Sexuality

Mental health, much like physical health, is a state of wellbeing and not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Because each of us is unique, with our own particular temperaments, quirks and histories, we may react to situations differently. However, our wellbeing is affected not only by our individual traits but also by social,…

Where do we begin?

The connection between mental and emotional wellbeing and stigmatised identities is perhaps most easily understood and therefore a good entry point to the theme. Stigma and minority stress, specifically in the context of LGBTQIA+ lives, are now a well-researched area. At the intuitive level of individual understanding, away from the realm of research and study,…

“Darlings”: Two Women, One Story

Darlings, a recent Netflix release featuring Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah and their endearing performances, wins our hearts. In the poster of the movie, we see Alia Bhatt pouting at a syringe she is holding, and Vijay Varma stuck at the top of it. The poster hints at multiple plotlines to the audience. I will…

Sunflowers on a Frosty Morning

A few days ago, in a telephonic conversation with my mother, I was made aware of the inadequacies of my gender; in her unforgiving tone, she rendered me a woman without a body, and a woman ill-suited to be one, “Tui meye holeo maa hote parbi na (You can be a woman but not a…

Two Poems: ‘A room of one’s own’ & ‘Sunshine’

A room of one's own You couldn't begin to say the self Before someone helps you finish — Self-centred Self-serving Selfish Sunshine 1 It isn't easy The topsoil of life hardens Flyaway seeds of friendship, incidentally encountered that just a few years ago would have grown owing to the spring of early youth and sunshine…

This is how we do it

As I write this piece, I locate myself within the queer community and the mental health system. When I was studying psychology back in 1998 the representation of people like me in psychology textbooks was pathological. I could not find a single reference to my identity of lesbian in any positive light. I was not…
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