A digital magazine on sexuality, based in the Global South: We are working towards cultivating safe, inclusive, and self-affirming spaces in which all individuals can express themselves without fear, judgement or shame

Queer Rights

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Verdict 377: Love in the times of Section 377

The Supreme Court’s verdict on Section 377 will not make a difference to my life with my “roommate” but will validate the homophobia and the discrimination and harassment that accompany it. Every time during our conversations, my mother enquires about my partner. “Did he go to office?”, she asks. Trivial questions as they are but…
Rituparna Borah

Interview: Rituparna Borah

Rituparna Borah, a queer feminist activist, and a member of Nirantar, Centre for Gender and Education, India sat down with Jasmine George of TARSHI for a freewheeling discussion, the day after the Supreme Court of India set-aside the High Court Judgment of 2009 and declared Section 377 IPC as constitutionally valid. Excerpts: J: We would like to…
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Voices: I Am Queer

  I look at you, a warm embrace, with arms, eyes, mind, heart and soul. You look at me, eyes that abase, for you see in my desires, obscene, disgusting, foul. I tell you, I try to explain. The genuine, non-sexual love, The pleasure, the pain. You shun me off, I respectfully depart. I know…
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Voices: A Thinly Veiled Act Of Cowardice?

Haiku for the Disenfranchised:        An overcooked symphony the angry voices scream  '377. Unnatural Offences - Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten…
The back of an anonymous naked figure which is bald and has its body and hands tied. The text on the image is an invitation to attend the 'Bound to be Free' photo exhibition which was held on the 8th of November 2013.

Review: ‘Bound To Be Free’

‘Bound to be Free’ is a travelling exhibition of exquisitely shot personal and professional photographs, making its way from New Delhi to Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai this winter. Carefully crafted by members and supporters of the underground Kinky Collective, it is both a visual treat and a powerful step in the direction of building respect…
A poster that reads "No Going Back", with the word '377' crossed out. In front of it, there is rainbow-coloured Pride flag.

Issue In Focus: Perverse Justice

I am a perverse nomad. My journey encompasses cruising parks in Kolkata and New York City, friendships with didis of Sonagachi and young men living inside juvenile delinquent centers, jails, and detention penitentiaries. I am 40+, perpetually dissertating, and often read as brown, immigrant, unproductive alien in the US. In this brief rumination I bring…
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I Column: I Can See Clearly Now

I knew that I was gay since time knows when. The society made me know. Be it my friend's snarky remarks or my family’s excessive 'concern.' Everyone had their own way of amplifying my ambiguity. Being born and brought up in the city of Delhi, had its pros but cons as well. It wasn’t until…