articles by Harish Iyer


Letter to the Subalterns: From one survivor of child sexual abuse to another

This is what every survivor of child sexual abuse wants you to know


Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and erectile dysfunction: Why should masculinity be defined by libido?

It is estimated that 320 million men in India could be dealing with erectile dysfunction | Shubh Mangal Saavdhan


On Teachers' Day, a thank you note from a gay professor to his students

It's because of my students that I've passed with grace marks in the examination called life, writes Harish Iyer, on Teachers' Day


Toxic parenting: Beating up your child in the name of 'discipline' is not okay

Hey parents, how about using the old art of conversation instead?


My sister's a bi**h, and I love her: Harish Iyer on the bond he shares with his sister

On Raksha Bandhan, Harish Iyer writes of the bond he shares with his sister


Friendship Day: The need to offer a friendly hand to young boys and oppose toxic masculinity

In a world ridden with machismo, it is boys who need a friend to tell them that it is okay to be weak, writes Harish Iyer.


13 Reasons Why has a message about suicide we need to pay attention to

13 Reasons Why shows that people who attempt suicide are sometimes from families like yours and mine


World Environment Day: The need for real change in the age of keyboard warriors and hashtag activism

"Only if we, the keyboard warriors also knew, that posting and hash-tagging is important, but it is only a catalyst to change. Real change is brought about on ground."


Priyanka Chopra meets Narendra Modi: What 'sanskaari' trolls tell us of battle over women's bodies

Priyanka Chopra is the nation's pride. But Priyanka’s body is not national property. Priyanka Chopra’s legs are her legs. Not yours or mine or the nation’s.


Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: Jim Sarbh, Swara Bhaskar attend closing night; RJ Rohini owns the stage

The closing night of Kashish was attended by Jim Sarbh, Swara Bhaskar, Asif Ali Beg and RJ Rohini.


Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: Panel of parents discusses acceptance, inclusion and activism

This year's Kashish Queer Film Festival featured a discussion where parents spoke about the need for families to support their LGBTIQ children.


Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: Day 3 was filled with intrigue and glamour

Here's what happened on the Day 3 of the Kashish Queer Film Festival.


Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: On Day 2, the hope that love will be put ahead of law

Here are highlights from day two of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2017


Kashish Queer Film Festival 2017: On opening night, compelling stories and humour

Kashish will more seriously and primarily be seen as a socially conscious film festival rather than one of the tools for community mobilisation and advocacy


Chechnya is persecuting its gays: Here's what we can do to rise up against it

"Let’s work on something more constructive, like freeing those who are tangled in the web of deceit in Chechnya." - Harish Iyer


Ram Gopal Varma, your calling Tiger Shroff 'transgender' is a compliment of the highest sort

Dear Ram Gopal Varma, I am writing to appreciate you in calling Tiger Shroff a transgender: Read equal rights activist Harish Iyer's open letter


Expect the unexpected post UP elections: What BJP got right, Congress-SP-BSP got wrong

We are all learning the hard way that when it comes to politics one must expect the unexpected.


Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Alia Bhatt, how could you laugh at a male molestation scene?

Why is it so difficult for you to fathom, Alia Bhatt, that it is not okay to laugh at a man who has been molested?


Kangana Ranaut takes on the world; will she rise to Meryl Streep's level one day?

Let’s celebrate the fact that a girl from the valley can rule the most celebrated industry in the world.


Karan Johar, why blame Kangana Ranaut? Haven't you also played the 'victim card' often?

Dear Karan Johar, this letter is going to be long and sour. Hope you read it.