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

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A photo of heterosexual couple sitting cross-legged on a rampart beside the sea. The man is wearing a blue shirt and there are shopping bags beside him. Beside him, only the mid-length hair of the woman can be seen. In the horizon is the city skyline of Mumbai with skyscrapers and other buildings at golden hour.

Public Sex and the Police in Urban Spaces

While sex workers face repeated harassment by the police, many young couples face threats in a one-off incident if the police finds them with their partner/lover. They may face police surveillance of expressions of intimacy and affection in public.

ISSUE IN FOCUS: LEAVING HOME AND RECLAIMING SELF

As I sit to write this piece, somehow the song Aap Ki Yaad Aati Rahi Raat Bhar from the 1978 Hindi film Gaman keeps coming back to me. The film was about urban migration and has stayed with me all these years because apart from the lovely songs and the actors (the then-heartthrobs Smita Patil…
A poster from organisation RedTraSex.

Walk in Our Shoes

"How different it would be if for a moment health care providers could feel what we feel when we go to a hospital and are challenged..." And so, the women sex workers of RedTraSex (Network of Women Sex Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean) developed Ponte en Nuestros Zapatos (re-edited 2015). Now, reaching out to a wider community, is the brand new English version Walk in our Shoes: Good Practices Guide for Health Care Staff (2016, translated by Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani). Yes, it is so brand new that it is not up on their website as yet, though we have permission to use it here.
Meena Seshu squatting on the floor as an older woman sitting on the floor caresses her on the cheek. Several women stand around them, looking on. Seshu is wearing a purple kurta, and the older woman wears a yellow saree.

Interview – Kiran Deshmukh

किरण देशमुख वैम्प प्लस की अध्यक्ष हैं। हमने एचआईवी एवं यौनिकता के विषय पर किरण के साथ ईमेल के द्वारा बातचीत की। प्रस्तुत हैं इसी साक्षात्कार के अंश - वैम्प (वेश्या अन्याय मुक्ति परिषद्) और वैम्प प्लस क्या है? वैम्प धंधा करने वाली औरतों का संगठन है और वैम्प प्लस धंधा करने वाली पॉजिटिव औरतों…
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