Radio Active CR 90.4, in association with Namma Pride Bengaluru 2017, organised Queer Readings and Conversations – an effort to bring together Bengaluru’s queer community and allies, offer them a safe platform to express themselves, recite poems and discuss matters of queer existence through the passages from books they chose to read aloud.
The sixty poems in The Tree Outside My Window is a Drama Queen are short pieces, and can be read in bursts. They coalesce around nature, and in contrast, technology. Often, Matta’s poems speak of gayness and its proscription in this country.
Queer Potli is a collection of 12 articles. Each article presents a very different view of such spaces which exist all around us. Spaces like private facilitations, NGO walk-in centres, even private spaces such as family and home along with public and cultural spaces, and how these spaces provide and lack safety for every queer person.
No One Else, a book by Siddharth Dube which is being called as India's first gay memoir by its publisher Harper Collins, was launched in Delhi on 20th Nov. The book is a deeply personal account by Siddharth, and spans his entire life - from his childhood and schooling at Doon School, to his self-realisation at St. Stephens, and his years spent at US, and then working with sex-workers in India