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Author: Arvind Narain
Editor(s): Arvind Narain / Gautam Bhan
Publisher: Yoda Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-902272-2-X
To speak of sexuality, and of same-sex love in particular, in India today is simultaneously an act of political assertion, celebration, defiance and fear. Indeed, in times when the issues of queer sexuality is beginning to find more space in popular representation, as seen in recent Bollywood films and the mainstream media, this groundbreaking collection of writings states boldly and clearly that queer lives and politics are inextricably linked with each other. The words of this anthology are those of the queer community itself, spoken in their own voice, as one and yet as individuals, each of whom has a story to tell, and a view to share.
In giving voice to a concept, an identity and a politics that is only now, and slowly at that, beginning to enter the consciousness of the nation, the two editors of the anthology and its thirty contributors discuss the queer movement in terms of its definition and composition; the legal challenges which face the community, particularly the activism against Section 377 of the Indian Penal code, queer protests and demonstrations which have played a strong role in building wider public consciousness about the issue; a burgeoning queer culture, and the everyday lives of queer people which become in themselves creative sites of resistance.
The volume is divided into three parts. The first attempts to place the diverse sexuality-related struggles within a conceptual framework, the second narrates untold stories of activism, and critically reflects on the directions of the Indian queer movement, and the last, and perhaps the most critical, records the personal journeys of queer lives which articulate what it means t live a life on the margins of institutions such as marriage, monogamy and family. This volume is in many ways an unprecedented effort, as the voice of a community that refuses to be silenced, and the words on these pages are, perhaps, the beginning of its own moment of assertion.
ARVIND NARRAIN AND GAUTAM BHAN
CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES TO SEXUALITY AS A FORM OF POLITICS
How Natural is Normal?
Feminism and Compulsory Heterosexuality
Challenging the Limits of Law
Queer Politics and Legal Reform in India
It’s not my job to tell you that it’s okay to be gay
Medicalisation of Homosexuality, A Queer Critique
Crisis in Desire
A Queer Reading of Cinema and Desire in Kerala
STORIES OF STRUGGLE
Many People, Many Sexualities
A Personal Journey
Englishpur Ki Kothi
Class Dynamics in the Queer Movement in India
The Roads that E/Merged
Feminist Activism and Queer Understanding
Voicing the Invisible
Violence Faced by Lesbian Women in India
Rights of Transsexuals in India
Reflections on Sahayatrika
Fire, Sparks and Smouldering Ashes
Queering the Campus
Lessons from Indian Universities
Organising LGBTs in Small-town India
A Hijra’s Own Story
Leaving Home to Go Home
She Came from the world of the Spirits
Death of the Gay Man
On Being Gay and Catholic
Islam and Me
Is Being Gay about Multiple Sex Partners?
An Indian Christian Kothi Speaks Out!
In a Loongi in Chimbhave
The Political Economy of Commerce Southern
Sum Total-A Matrimonial
Notes on Editors and Contributors