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Gay South Asians

800 Million Voters in World's Biggest Election: Are Gay Rights on the Ballot?

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

In past Indian elections, gay rights haven't even been a peripheral issue. This time around, they are an issue. But the good news, unfortunately, stops there. It is, at best, only a peripheral issue.

Et Tu, India? Why I Am a Criminal (Again) in My Own Country

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

In India, the largest democracy in the world, gay sex is illegal again -- "again" because the law from 1860 British India that made "sex against the order of nature" illegal was struck down by the Delhi High Court in 2009. Yesterday the Supreme Court upheld the law.

Sohnia van der Puye Talks The Cold Call, Her Short Film Project About Being LGBT and South Asian

JR Tungol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
JR Tungol

Van der Puye hopes that her film will enlighten mainstream and LGBT media on the unique challenges facing queer people of color, specifically the gay South Asian community. I sat down with her and chatted about the film and her thoughts on being LGBT and a person of color.

Out, Proud And Princely In India

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

Prince Manvendra talks about what it was like to come out in India -- and about everything that has followed: the wrath of the people, their eventual acceptance, Oprah's invitation and his organization Lakshya Trust, which has been changing lives and attitudes in India since then.

Where Are The Gay Indians? Being Gay In The World's Largest Democracy

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

If Kinsey was right, there are anywhere between 50 and 100 million people in India who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. So where is the "gay India"? What does it do, and where does it live? A country that is home to nearly a fifth of the world's population surely needs to confront these questions.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Ifti Nasim

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In July 2011, at 64 years old, Ifti Nasim, an openly gay Muslim Pakistani poet, human rights activist and Chicago radio host (even a luxury-car salesm...