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Between Aid Conditionality and Identity Politics – The MSM-Transgender Divide and Normative Cartographies of Gender vs. Sexuality: Aniruddha Dutta

This guest post by ANIRUDDHA DUTTA continues a theme raised on Kafila by Rahul Rao

Late last year, the UK and US governments made announcements supporting the global propagation of LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) rights as human rights, suggesting that the future disbursal of aid might be made conditional on how LGBT-friendly recipient countries are perceived to be. The potential imposition of ‘gay conditionality’ on aid has been rightly critiqued for imposing a US/European model of sexual progress on ‘developing’ countries, which may justify covert geopolitical agendas and fail to actually benefit marginalized groups. But whatever form such conditionalities may take in the future, a more implicit and routine form of aid conditionality has been already at work, relatively unnoticed, for several years now – the presumption of distinct and enumerable minorities corresponding to categories like homosexual or transgender as target groups for aid in socio-cultural contexts where gender/sexual variance may not be reducible to such clear-cut categories or identities. Increasingly, community-based organizations (CBOs) working to gain gender/sexual rights or freedoms need to define themselves in accordance with dominant frameworks of gender-sexual identity to get funding both from foreign donors and the Indian state, creating identity-based divisions among CBOs and presenting existential challenges to communities that do not exactly fit these categories.

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Aadmi hoon aadmi se pyar karta hoon: Indu Vashist

This is a fun radio show of various songs that queer spaces in Delhi and Bombay have reclaimed as our own. It is also a a coming together of songs that lend itself to queering almost effortlessly. A fun listening experience with snippets of information and laughs mixed in. 

Guest post by Indu Vashist

Soundtrack of the Indian Queer Movement originally aired on Sunday October 9, 2011, 6-7pm EST. Hosts, Indu Vashist and Srinath Baba had special guests Ponni Arasu and Gautam Bhan in studio for commentary, history and a whole lot of laughs. Listen to full broadcast here.

Montreal-based Indu Vashist and Srinath Baba are the hosts of Desi Dhamaka, a South Asian music show with a political and social twist. It airs on CKUT, a non-profit, campus-community radio station based at McGill University. CKUT provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming to the city of Montreal and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hear us at 90.3 MHz on the FM dial, 91.7 by cable, or listen on-line.


‘मेरे लिए लेस्बियन होने का सबसे बढ़िया पहलू है मज़ेदार सेक्स’

Published originally in English  here

Translated by AKHIL KATYAL

मैंने हाल ही में एक डोक्युमेंटरी फिल्म देखी, प्रतिभा परमार की १९९१ में बनायीं हुई खुश, जो कि दक्षिण ऐशिआयि एल.जी.बी.टी (लेस्बियन, गे, बिसेक्सुअल, ट्रांसजेंडर)  लोगों कि अलग-अलग ज़िन्दगी के बारे में थी। एक लेस्बियन महिला से जब फिल्म में पुछा गया कि ‘लेस्बियन होने का सबसे बढ़िया पहलु क्या है?’ तो उसका जवाब था ‘मेरे लिए लेस्बियन होने का सबसे बढ़िया पहलु है पूरी तरह से ख़ुशगवार, मज़ेदार सेक्स!’ फिर वो महिला, पूरे नब्बे दशक के फैशन में सजी हुई, ऐसे मुस्कुराई,
कि लगा  कि वहीं उसी वक्त, उसी जगह, उसे अपने मज़ेदार सेक्स के सारे पल याद आ गयें हों।
मुझे, एक क्युइर एक्टिविस्ट के नाते, जो कि इस फिल्म के बनने के समय कुछ आठ साल कि थी और जो कि सार्वजनिक ढंग से एल.जी.बी.टी लोगों के बारे में न्यायालयों में और पत्रकारों से बोलती आई है, एक भी ऐसा पलयाद  नहीं आ रहा है, जब मैंने सेक्स के बारे में कुछ लिखा या बोला हो। Continue reading ‘मेरे लिए लेस्बियन होने का सबसे बढ़िया पहलू है मज़ेदार सेक्स’

National Alliance of People’s Movements: Resolution on LGBTQ issues

We oppose persecution and discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender orientation in all formsand strive towards full social and political equality of all individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgendered, Intersex and Queer (LGBTQ).

While welcoming the July 2nd 2009 judgment of the Delhi high court to decriminalize homosexuality NAPM recognizes that the LGBTQ community continues to be discriminated against in schools, colleges, workspaces,homes, the streets and before the law. We affirm that sexual orientation and gender identity are innate andcannot be consciously changed and we oppose attempts to convert LGBTQ individuals into heterosexuals orforce them to conform to dominant notions of masculinity or femininity on the grounds of morality, religion ornature. Continue reading National Alliance of People’s Movements: Resolution on LGBTQ issues

While we thank A.P.Shah, some reflections

The text below was written as an email on many LGBT lists in India. Followed by the text of the email are a few after thoughts on the email itself and the reaction to it.

Dear all,
It’s been interesting to watch all the reactions to A.P.Shah’s unfair retirement. This has been from various quarters including the LGBT community.
One must admit, among all the communities whose lives his judgments have attempted to change, we have been rather vocal in thanking him profusely. This is a good trend to set in general as sometimes I feel others working on various issues whose work has been vindicated rather literally by him have not taken the time out to do an analysis and express their gratitude towards the existence of a judge like him, in the otherwise difficult judiciary in this country. This might make a difference to him. He is hurt by the judiciary which he dedicated his life to which has now slighted him through opaque, undemocratic processes, thus going against all that he stands for and what the judiciary claims to stand for. So am glad we are doing this! Continue reading While we thank A.P.Shah, some reflections

Notes on Comfort: Akhil Katyal

This is a Guest Post by AKHIL KATYAL

To make our point let us begin with a story of a salon. It might have all the necessary noise of being new and first-of-its-kind but finally it is quite an unremarkable story. Of ‘NYC’ in Hauz Khas market in Delhi. It sells itself as India’s first LGBT salon. Its owner S. Mehta recently filled up all possible online LGBT forums with its ads, mass mailed on to Delhi list serves and dropped tiny text-ads into unwitting facebook groups, robustly selling it as the latest asset of Delhi’s LGBT community. I am not quite interested in how an otherwise 7 month old – some say not-doing-too-great – business venture is viably repackaged as a LGBT paradise in the wake of the Delhi high court judgment. After all, post the repeal of Sec. 377 in July we are only to expect more of this happening around us, more spectacles of the pink rupee. Nor am I presently interested in how a reigning sense of an LGBT community is proffered by such spectacular announcements of things shared – be it historic events or commercial joints, shared among few or many – but instead, I am interested in the all too common rhetoric that this salon uses in its publicity. A rhetoric that is becoming so widespread as to become almost commonsensical and this is the rhetoric of comfort.
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On the Eve of Pride. Are We Going the Right Way: Akhil Katyal

This is a guest post by AKHIL KATYAL

Topicality is a homage one pays to the short-term memory that the new media both triggers and complains against in its customers. In the long-term of course, where trend is all important, the topical is only a category of the banal. But it is under the shelter of such a necessary topicality – the topical is always necessary – that I hope to sneak in a scandal.

Everyone is talking about the queer pride marches that are going to happen in four cities in India at the end of this month. Most liberal reportage is obviously supportive, if not triumphant. For these cities themselves, it is seen as a step into a liberal urban culture which tolerates, even enjoys difference. All the talk about the ‘gay community’ or ‘lgbt community’ that the Indian media – and the activists – have been dabbling in for at least a decade now, seems to be reaching its logical climax: the community is expressing itself. Every city seems to have its own pet lgbt community or at least aspires to.

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