Creating hierarchies of minorities within minorities is not helpful. We have to fight that fight together, not play the game of competing marginalities and disavowals of who we are historically and psychically based on fantasies of our own radicalism and supposed freedom to be who we are.
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.