Chester Bennington helped me get through that tough teenage period which knew of abuse and self-denial and hardly of love. Hearing someone acknowledge that, acknowledge the pain told me I was not alone.
This year’s Pride parade in Chennai was more politically charged than the previous ones. The larger political scenario in the state and the country was one of the primary reasons for the increased vocal assertion. There were slogans and placards against the raising right-wing politics and Hindutva, Hindi imposition and cultural erasure.
we need to talk; about our feelings and the hurt we feel, the insecurities, the invalidity we experience, the constant pressures of an oppressive heteronormative as well as a homonormative society and sub-culture which like a ruthless predator gets over us and takes away our well being, peace and happiness
As Nepal was never colonized, hence it never criminalized homosexuals and third genders, and the Nepali societies are relatively more tolerant towards our LGBTIQ populations compared to many other countries across the world. Thus the ‘Gay Pride Marching’ is not only unnecessary but can become counterproductive too
In times, when there is increasing and growing antipathy towards Muslims and Dalits, when the voices of hatred and sirens for bloodshed get louder to terminate those who eat beef, when poor farmers and cattle traders are lynched for transporting cattle, shouldn’t LGBTQ people stand up and protest against each act of crime and injustice that unfurls each day?