The Confessions Of An Indian Queer “Chinki”

Posted by Janet Massar I have an insatiable compulsion to walk around my apartment naked. I walk out of the bedroom, into my kitchen and finally into the bathroom. I then strip off my gold and red dashiki in front of a full-length mirror and contort my face in disgust as the mirror in front…

How Compulsory Heterosexuality Impacts WLW

    Posted by Pallavi Kaul bisexual, cisgender female she/her Artwork by Bhavya Sharma bisexual, non-binary In a heteropatriarchal society like ours, heterosexuality is largely enforced on people. Compulsory Heterosexuality is a term popularized by lesbian feminist Adrienne Rich in her essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence (1980). She states that “heterosexuality is not simply…

Where Is The B In LGBTQ?

Posted by  Pallavi Kaul bisexual, cisgender, female she/her Artwork by Bhavya bisexual, non-binary The ‘B’ in the LGBTQ stands for Bigfoot: rarely seen, often misapprehended and strangely vilified. Such is the experience of a regular bisexual person while consuming media. Bisexual people, to this day, remain grossly underrepresented in almost all forms of media. And…

The Problematic World of Straight Fan-girling

Posted by Pallavi Kaul bisexual, cisgender female she/her Artwork by Vanshika Singh Every time I open Tumblr and stare at its dark blue logo, I brace myself. I know I’m stepping into the fangirl zone, and it is not always pleasant. The world of fandoms is dramatic at best and problematic at worst. With the…

A Letter to Bollywood (Cue:Melodramatic Music)

Posted by Shreya Bansal Artwork by Vanshika Singh Dear Hindi Film Industry, You took me all around London and Switzerland, making me believe that romance was meant to happen in the middle of a snow storm. You’ve shattered my idea of broadway and replaced it with ridiculously timed song and dance sequences that, pop in…

Are You Dalit Or Are You Queer?

  Posted By Shreya Bansal Artwork by Megha Luthra The LGBTQI movement and dalit, anti – caste movement in India are movements that have grown out of considerable struggle and effort.  Both these groups have time and again tried to challenge Brahminical and heteronormative traditions on their own respective platforms. The discrminitation of  an individual…