It’s been a momentous year for the queer movement in the country. On September 6, the Supreme Court held that all of India’s citizens are equal with the emphatic striking down of Section 377. This Pride Month we celebrate!
Between 5-10% of all populations are estimated at being LGBTQ – this would mean that India has a population of 50 – 100 million queer citizens! And not all of us are a homogenous group. Our identities are shaped by so many intersections – with caste, class, the place where we come from, and so on; it is just that we rarely hear about these narratives.
With the elimination of Section 377, we believe that the future of the LGBTQ movement is contingent upon these voices being amplified and mainstreamed. With this aim, we are hosting a two-day event that gives us a glimpse of queer lives that exist beyond the big metro, upper caste imagination. Think of this event as a space to talk about the hopes and aspirations of LGBTQ citizens in a post Section 377 India.
The first part of the event will look at what it means to be Dalit and queer in India with the leading voices fighting for equality. We will host a panel discussion with Dhiren Borisa, Professor at Delhi University, Grace Banu, activist and India's first transgender enginerring student, Kiruba Munusamy, advocate at the Supreme Court of India and anti-caste activist, moderated by Aroh Akunth.
The second part of the event, which will take place on Saturday, 26 January, will begin with film screenings by Public Service Broadcasting Trust that explore Indian queer narratives with a focus on non-metro voices. This will be followed by a panel discussion with stalwarts who have spearheaded the LGBTQ rights movement in non-metro India. We will be joined by Rachana Mudraboyina of TransVision, Ditilekha of Xukia, Darvesh Singh Yadavendra of Awadh Queer Literature Festival and Maya Sharma, author of Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India, moderated by Anish Gawande.
The day will end on a fabulous note with a special Drag Night at Kitty Su, in collaboration with The Keshav Suri Foundation.
There will also be performances and multiples exhibits on display, and yummy LGBTQ themed food :-)
Don’t miss it. Schedule out soon!