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gender identity

A photograph of a white bedsheet with blots of maroon-burgundy lipstick stains smudged across it.

Following Aladdin’s Genie

The lip colour then enters into a rather queer state of existence as it refuses to stand by the label it is expected to conform to. It moves and escapes categorisation. In its queerness, it renders itself as a paradox. At the heart of paradoxes is the understanding that something is what it is also not. Similarly, the colour of this lipstick is nude, but it is also not. It is possible that it is because of this slippery nature of the paradox that my sexuality as my identity too remains slippery, in motion and fluid.
A still from the film 'A Kid Like Jake'. In a city-background with houses to the right and a car to the left, three figures: a blonde woman wearing a black and white striped t-shirt, blue jeans, and a beige coat, carrying a brown bag on her shoulder is holding a child's hand from the left. The child is wearing a purple, glittery tutu and a blue shirt. Their arms are outstretched and on the right side, held by a man wearing a peach shirt, blue hoodie and blue jeans. He has black hair. Both the man and the woman are looking at the child.

Review: I see you

My friend’s son, too, likes wearing tutus and frilly skirts. Every time they go shopping for clothes, he heads to the girl’s section and picks out the frilliest outfit. At check out, invariably the cashier asks if the pretty outfit is for his sister and he confidently says it is for him. Often he wears these outfits to school. His confidence comes from his mother’s acceptance of him and her understanding of his gender expansiveness. It helps that she is a sociologist, but there is a constant pushback from society including from his peers at school who bully the little boy. But it is the constant support from his mother and family that allows him to remain confident and thrive whilst being different.
Four illustrations on a light blue background of a woman’s silhouette wearing a pink cape in different, traditionally masculine poses.

Prescriptions of Proper

Performance and ‘proper’ go hand in hand because every performance has rules and prescriptions, so you can tell whether it’s a good performance or not, whether it’s skilled or not. Otherwise, it appears, you can’t understand or appreciate performance – or know if you’re doing it right!
An illustration of a woman walking on an empty street at night, with a backpack from which a crescent moon and stars are emerging.

The Risks and Gains of Coming In

I had risked so much already, not just by loving another woman, but by acting on my desires. By allowing myself to feel intimacy and connection with another queer person. Despite feeling guilt and shame, this risk had become increasingly vital to take.
A part of the webcomic ‘Closets’

Brushstrokes: Closets

Robot Hugs, in their insightful comic, take on closets as inherently oppressive structures built to uphold what is acceptable and what is not. They subvert the popular notion that coming to terms with and coming out with our queer identity is a one-time event as well as problematise coming out in itself as reinforcing that…
Debanuj Dasgupta sitting on a chair, speaking something. On bottom left of photo is written his name and designation "socialist and activist".

Interview: Debanuj Dasgupta on Immigration Rights

Debanuj DasGupta’s current activism and research travels take him through India, UK and the US focusing on issues of national security, migration, and embodied justice. In this (republished) interview, he chats with TARSHI about the issues of queering immigration.
A self-conscious white woman with her arms crossed uncomfortably, wearing an Indian dress of bright orange-coloured suit with a green khadi jacket.

I Spent a Year in India and I Looked Ridiculous!

Despite the intervention of many well-meaning aunties and friends over cups of chai, I don’t think I was aware of how truly strange, let’s even say ridiculous, I looked at the time. Because although I was wearing kurtis nearly every day, I didn’t really understand the ‘rules’ of wearing kurtis.
Photo of a woman in a pride parade, holding up a small queer pride flag

और जन्म हुआ गज़ल का !

तारशी की ईमैगज़ीन इन प्लेनस्पीक में हम इस महीने ‘बॉडी इमेज’ या शारीरिक छवि पर बात करेंगे। बॉडी इमेज वह है जो व्यक्ति अपने शरीर के बारे में सोचते हैं  - जो इस धारणा (अक्सर समाज द्वारा प्रेरित) पर आधारित है कि उन्हें अपने शरीर के बारे में क्या अच्छा लगता है और क्या नहीं।…
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