articles by Harish Iyer

Entertainment

Dear Karan Johar, living your life unabashedly is the truest form of activism

Harrish Iyer writes an open letter to new parent, Karan Johar. "One fear to have clouded your mind would be, 'how would the world treat my children?' But here's the thing; children don’t judge. Discrimination is learned and is transmitted through bigots."

Entertainment

Ka Bodyscapes censorship row: Pahlaj Nihalani, here's why the CBFC is wrong in denying certification

Ka Bodyscapes was denied certification because the CBFC accused the makers of "glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationship"

Entertainment

Moonlight, and the message we get from the unsettling Oscars 2017 Best Picture goof-up

Moonlight is a film that lost and won at the Oscars. Much like the struggles of the characters it depicts

Life

Sex education takes a step in the right direction with govt's Saathiya app, resource kit

We have very little discourse about intercourse, but the Saathiya sex education manual by the government is a good first step towards rectifying that

Life

A Valentine's Day open letter to my HIV positive friend: Love yourself more

In his series titled 'Letter to the Subalterns', Harish Iyer writes, "You are not special. You are one of my friends. And that is not going to change because you have some stupid virus strolling inside your body."

World

Sally Yates may have been fired by Donald Trump, but she's become a hero to many

This piece is a personal expression of gratitude to my newest hero, Sally Yates

Life

Mumbai Pride Parade: Not just a symbol of protest, it is a celebration of who we are

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Mumbai Pride Parade, also known as the Queer Azaadi March

Life

Winter is coming: Unusual chill is a reminder we urgently need to combat climate change

Now more than ever, we need innovative solutions to the climate change crisis

Entertainment

Karan Johar, not 'an unsuitable boy': Your life story makes you relatable, you are one of us

Harish Iyer writes to Karan Johar after reading 'An Unsuitable Boy': Your life story makes you a relatable person. You are one of us. You are like me, you are like us.

Entertainment

Karan Johar criticised for not saying he's gay: Why we love bullying the rich and famous

We have many different facets to this culture of bullying. Look at how we went after Karan Johar for refusing to come out of his glass closet.

Life

Insight 2017: After hate and bigotry got a shot in the arm in 2016; here’s how to have a better year

We still have something to look forward to in 2017. It’s not so much about what to expect, but what we can do better or differently that can help us all heal from the blows 2016 dealt us.

Entertainment

George Michael, a gay icon: The celebrated singer always stood up for freedom, of all kinds

A lot of young gay men felt more comfortable with their sexuality when George Michael came out. He set us free.

India

Rainbow Christmas: Meet these Santas from the LGBT community who are making the world merrier

Meet these secret santas with rainbow caps who little by little change the world for all.

India

No homo? Bar's refusal of entry shows all-access spaces for the LGBT are still a dream

Nothing will change if we don’t go to Shiro’s in Worli or the Bar Stock Exchange in Mumbai. The 'Guysexual' of Firstpost will still be doling out his homo gyaan. The earth will still revolve around the sun.

World

World Migrant Day: Don't fall into the easy trap of labelling people as 'illegal immigrants'

We already have too much hate in the world. Isn’t it time we spread some warmth and cheer. After all it’s that time of the year, isn’t it?

Life

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Condoleezza Rice: Can the US still hope for a woman President?

Donald Trump may be the US President-elect, but that doesn't mean we should give up hope that a new woman leader might emerge.

World

A letter to the subalterns in Donald Trump's America: 'We are stronger together'

I urge you to work with your present house of representatives, senate and also your president to usher in the change and to keep the pressure on so that America is indeed great again.

Life

Open letter to a stray dog: We have done more harm than good to your breed, and other animals

Writes equal rights activist Harish Iyer on the culling of stray dogs: "Killing is never the answer, and witnessing something as horrible as culling of a bleeding, screaming, crying sentient being leaves a horrible dent in the minds of people who perpetuate it and also those who witness it."

Life

Friends of the LGBTIQ community, we need you to 'come out' as our allies

The LGBTIQ community observed National Coming Out Day on 11 October. But here's why we need more people to 'come out' as our allies.

Life

Mental Health Care Bill prevents discrimination on the basis of sexuality, unlike Section 377

If the nation causes duress with an inhuman, unscientific and insensitive law that is detrimental to mental health through Section 377, and then it offers the same people access to mental health without discrimination under clause 21(1)(a) of the new Mental Health Care Bill