articles by Harish Iyer

Life

IDAHOBIT 2018: It's time to tackle discriminatory attitudes against bisexuals

Pay some attention, however, and you'll find that most of the conversations on IDAHOBIT are centered around homosexuals and transgender individuals. Excluded from these narratives are bisexuals.

Entertainment

Sridevi: To millions of fans, she was an incomparable star; to one child, she was a true heroine

We often underestimate the power of art in our lives. The fact is that we all have fractured lives in a sense, and art can fill in those cracks. What Sridevi wrought on screen was art. She was Art, and for one lost and terribly hurt boy, Sri was everything, writes Harish Iyer

Life

Shanavi Ponnusamy, and the fight for trans-inclusive workplaces in India's public and private sector

After being denied a job at Air India and receiving no response from the airline, Shanavi Ponnusamy has asked to be euthanised. In her struggles lies the seed for a larger movement about inclusive workspaces | #FirstCulture

Life

On the ever-important participation, leadership and representation of women in LGBTQI spaces

Women have been at the centre of LGBTQI forums and events in Mumbai, ensuring that there are safe spaces for other lesbians, bisexual and trans women | #FirstCulture

Life

Out and Proud: Sonal Giani on how she came to terms with her sexuality, and found happiness

‘Queer women should come out only when they feel safe,' says Sonal Giani #FirstCulture | #OutAndProud | #MumbaiPride | #377QuitIndia

Life

Out and Proud: Meet Aruna Desai, mother and ally who helps young LGBTQ people to come out to their families

Aruna Desai's stubborn optimism and drive has made her a go-to person for young members of the LGBTQI community, when they need assistance or want to come out to their parents | FirstCulture

Life

Out and Proud: How Pallav Patankar fought discrimination, failure to live life on his own terms

Pallav Patankar works hard to bring happiness into the lives of LGBTQ people

Life

Out and Proud: Prachi Kathale, on battling abuse and grief by focusing on life's possibilities

Prachi Kathale has also had her share of struggles with discrimination and heartbreak, but that has not stopped her from counting her blessings | #FirstCulture

Life

Out and Proud: Praful Baweja on not holding back, and giving his all to work, love life

Praful Baweja has had tough luck with love and coming out to his parents, but that has not stopped this enterprising man from working for the LGBTQI community | #FirstCulture

Life

Mr Gay World India 2017: Winner Samarpan Maiti talks about eradicating discrimination

Samarpan Maiti, who is the winner of Mr Gay World India 2017, wants to focus on the socio-economically backward sections and raise awareness about acceptance of LGBTQI individuals | #FirstCulture

Life

Mumbai Pride 2018: Your comprehensive guide to the Queer Azadi Month and Parade

Before the Mumbai Pride March on 3 February 218, here's a look at the month of activities planned by Queer Azadi Mumbai

Life

#NoGenderDecember hopes to end stereotyping: Can it change the way we think of gender?

Perhaps the small step of #NoGenderDecember could enable a giant leap for humankind

Entertainment

Wonder: Reflections on how we treat the disabled in India, and a handbook on doing better

In order to be more tactful and sensitive in the way we treat disabled persons, we need to first take a look at the language we use.

Entertainment

Shashi Kapoor: The quiet courage of the veteran star's film choices and what they reveal about him

Growing up gay in the times of Doordarshan and VHS tapes, my search for fantasy men ended with Shashi Kapoor

Life

Justin Trudeau's heartfelt apology to LGBTQ2 community is laudable, but it's not enough

While Canada PM Justin Trudeau's formal apology to the LGBTQ2 community was a commendable effort, it is nowhere near enough in this ongoing and potentially never-ending struggle for equality.

World

Australia’s same-sex survey is historic, but it’s dangerous to put minority rights at majority's approval

A plebiscite can go either way. What if the results of the survey favoured the ‘no’ votes?

Entertainment

Kevin Spacey isn't a hero for coming out; he's a gay man deflecting abuse charges

Kevin Spacey's comments shouldn't be called 'coming out'; it is a 'coming clean' episode.

Life

Letter to the Subalterns: To everyone who has the courage to come out as bisexual

Coming out as a bisexual has its unique set of challenges, as b isexuals get short shrift not only from the heterosexual majority, but also from the LGBT community.

Life

Mahmood Farooqui case: Are there different types of 'no' that survivors of sexual assault use?

I have spoken to over a lakh-odd survivors in my lifetime, and can state for a fact that there was no 'template' any of them followed in denying their consent

Life

Transgender persons need to be recognised as human beings; not deified or demonised

On the one hand, our culture deifies transgender people — on the other, it demonises them for who they are. What if we just learned to look at them as 'people' instead?