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These 7 LGBTQ publications in India give the community a platform to speak of the issues that need to be addressed to make for a more inclusive society.
Same-sex relationships in India were legalised by the Supreme Court in 2009. However, in 2013, the same court criminalized same-sex relationships, which is covered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. However, as recently as March 2018, the Ministry of Social Justice has sent a Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill to the Cabinet for approval, so not all hope is lost.
One of the best resources to learn about the LGBTQ community is magazines and publications. Here is a list of 7 LGBTQ publications in India, that aim to make queer lives better, giving a platform for their voices, educate and inform them, as well as their families and society to become more inclusive.
Orinam was started in 2003 by a group of queer men. Primarily known for the Chennai International Queer Film Festival, Orinam’s website features resources that cater to all sections of society, such as friends and family, media people, and even healthcare professionals. Orinam also regularly conducts book reading sessions, and pride marches.
Orinam is a print and online magazine based in Chennai, India.
Available both in print and online, Swakanthey is a magazine that supports lesbians, and bisexual women. Published in January and June every year, the magazine has comic strips, poetry, academic articles, interviews, and several articles on sexuality as well. The magazine is read by over 3000 people in India online. The magazine has also been presented at the Kolkata International Book Fair to great acclaim.
Check out Swakanthey at their website.
Gaysi was started as a blog by MJ and Broom, two Mumbaikars, due to the lack of online content on the LGBTQ community. With a fun, quirky website, Gaysi has gained a fan following of over 6,000 people, Gaysi has also released a couple of videos, including ‘Happy in Gaysi Land’, featuring Harish Iyer, a famous gay activist. The magazine features write-ups on films, culture, and Section 377 of the IPC.
Started by Sukhdeep Singh, Gaylaxy Magazine was founded in 2010, with over a thousand people loving the first edition itself. One of the pioneering Indian LGBT magazines, the online magazine is available in both Hindi and English, for its readers. The magazine talks about news and current affairs, as well as articles on movies, lifestyle, and recurring events. Head to this magazine to gain a better insight into the life of a lesbian.
Bombay Dost is the oldest LGBTQ publication in India, founded by Ashok Row Kavi in 1990. Lack of funding meant that it became defunct for a while, but was relaunched in 2009 – this issue featured articles on Akshay Kumar, and Celina Jaitley was present at the relaunch. Available only in print, the magazine has over 9,000 followers today.
In 2015, the magazine turned 25 years old, and there is no stopping it today.
Labelling itself as India’s national LGBT magazine, Pink Pages was founded in 2009 by Udayan Dhar. Featuring articles on several topics, such as culture, travel, literature and lifestyle, the online magazine is known for giving an all-round perspective of the LGBTQ community. Containing some well-shot photographs, the magazine also has some personal narratives, catering to gay people.
A digital magazine catering to South Asians, In Plainspeak aims to create awareness about sexual health and sexual awareness. With a visual element combined with amazing write-ups, the magazine also has a blog on which readers express their personal opinions on issues like being friendzoned, love and marriage. Read it for some great content!
With so many magazines about the LGBT community, it becomes very important to understand the relevance of the LGBTQ community in India. With some good content, fabulous pictures, and personal connects, go take a look at these magazines now!
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