There are numerous collectives and individuals that are working for LGBTQ rights in smaller cities and non-urban India; however they are ignored by dominant media narratives. We believe that the future of the LGBTQ movement is contingent upon these voices being amplified and mainstreamed.
The day will begin with a keynote by Anand Grover of Lawyers Collective, who argued on behalf of Naz Foundation, the original petitioners in the legal challenge to Section 377. This will be followed by film screenings by Public Service Broadcasting Trust that explore Indian queer narratives with a focus on non-metro voices.
We will be joined by stalwarts who have spearheaded the LGBTQ rights movement from across India for a panel discussion. Rachana Mudraboyina of TransVision, Diti of Xukia, Darvesh Singh Yadavendra of Awadh Queer Literature Festival, and Maya Sharma, author of Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India will talk about the hopes and aspirations of non-metro citizens in a post Section 377 India. The panel will be moderated by Anish Gawande, director of Dara Shikoh Fellowship.
The day will end on a fabulous note with a special Queeristan concert featuring Bidisha Mohanta, Siddhesh Kamble and Rani Ko-HE-nur.
We will have incredible art - Recollecting Pieces by Maari Zwick-Maitreyi, Home by Steevez Rodriguez, JUGAAD / Of Love and Intimacy by Marc Ohrem-Leclef and Love in the Times of Instagram: Find Love by Dan and Jo on display at the event. There will also be yummy LGBTQ-themed food :-)
This event is free and open to all. There will be a sign language interpreter for all the discussions. Schedule below: