India

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.”

Engagement - et kortfilmmanus

Pink Pages, et indisk homse- og lesbemagasin, har nettopp publisert et kortfilmmanus jeg har skrevet.

Engagement by Vikram Kolmannskog is a story of two young gay lovers - one Hindu and the other Muslim - and how they seek to overcome the odds they face in the small town they call home.”

Les
Engagement, Pink Pages, December 2012 (Short film script)