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Queer Poetry, Sexuality & Spirituality



In conversation with Ari Gautier about queer literature, spirituality, sexuality, and more.
Poetry Is Possible: Selected Poems was launched during Oslo Pride 2018 at Melahuset.

Love Is Possible

“On Thursday 6th September 2018, I woke up in Verona, Italy, in the city of Romeo and Juliet. The trip was a gift from my mother. There are many kinds of love, of course, romantic, motherly, friendly, social, political, divine.”

Read my celebration of love and of the Indian Supreme Court verdict that protects all love, queer and straight, a verdict that coincided with my birthday.

love-is-possible-by-Shilo-Shiv-Suleman

Including the Queer in India

Diverse strategies have been employed to advance the cause of the queer Indian movement, including litigation and social and political mobilisation.

Read more in this
Gaylaxy blog post or the longer academic paper that it builds on.

From the conclusion:

“Emancipatory potential has been found in some traditional Indian norms as well as international human rights and domestic constitutional law and used in the battle against a remnant of colonial law. Litigation, social and political mobilisation, media attention and other factors have interacted and supported each other. Litigation started without waiting for popular and media support; in stead the process and outcome itself may have helped create such support. Litigation has also ended up being unsuccessful, however, due to the judges and other factors. Even so, it may still have contributed positively to the larger social and political mobilisation, as we saw after Koushal. While the combined result of the three landmark judgments is a complex and unclear legal situation for queer Indians, overall we seem to be moving in the direction of strengthened rights in the legal as well as the wider political and social contexts.”