19 years since 9/11, examining historical linkages between national crises and pathologising of sexuality
The queer-immigrant-terrorist type is here to stay. It gives the US a ready justification to invest in surveillance technologies targeting Muslims and people of colour, to detain and deport, to live out its unruly visions anchored in homonationalism.
From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a look at queer Black Buddhist perspectives on spiritual practice in contemporary texts
Several queer Black Buddhist authors have showed me how spiritual practice can be a liberating force in the face of challenges as huge as racism, sexism and queerphobia.
The plot of Friends Under the Summer Sun revolves around a heartwarming encounter between a child named Nimmi and her neighbour Shri who likes to be addressed as Akka.
The Witch Boy reinforces Wiccan literature as a vital source of spiritual nourishment for queer readers
It is time for us to be more intentional about creating our futures; whether we identify as witches or not, there are things we could learn from them.
In If You Could Be Mine, Iranian-American writer Sara Farizan looks at her own cultural milieu which forbade and criminalised homosexuality.
In reading Vikram Kolmannskog's Lord of the Senses, examining the possibility, predicament of being queer and Hindu
Lord of the Senses is an unputdownable collection of short stories written by Vikram Kolmannskog and published by the London-based Team Angelica.
Out of Line and Offline: Personal meets political in Pawan Dhall's book about people outside mainstream Indian queer narrative
In Out of Line and Offline, Pawan Dhall is interested in three main questions: How do things appear in retrospect more than 25 years into the queer movements of eastern India? Where or in what state are the people reached out to in the 1990s and later? What bearing do the activisms of the 1990s and early 2000s have on the lives of those individuals today?
None of the Above's compassionate telling of an intersex individual's story trumps its author's cis privilege
IW Gregorio’s book None of the Above (2015) is a brilliant example of an author writing about a community that she is not a part of. The story is so engrossing that you would not want to put the book down, and follows its protagonist Kristin Lattimer, an intersex person, whose life unfolds in this book for young-adults.
Thom Gunn's The Man with Night Sweats makes space for vulnerability while discussing love, grief — and loss
The Man with Night Sweats by Thom Gunn is often described as a book about the AIDS epidemic, which is quite reductive; it is about friendship, love, death, loss, grief, memories, and so much more. In his poems, there is no pandering to a vicarious heteronormative gaze, but rather a celebration of of seeing, feeling and devouring each other.
Amrou Al-Kadhi's Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen is the searing autobiography the community needs
Amrou Al-Kadhi's Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen is about their journey through a traumatic childhood with parents who refused to acknowledge their homosexuality, their valiant attempts to pass off as British by seeking an elite college education, and their discovery of the transformative power of drag while at university.
How Nishit Saran's Lurkings, a posthumous compilation of his writings, offered a new vocabulary for queer experiences
Lurkings is a collection of the articles gay rights activist and filmmaker Nishit Saran wrote for various publications. These were compiled posthumously and published in 2008 by his parents Minna and Raj, who set up the Nishit Saran Foundation after they lost their beloved son, then aged 25, in a car accident.
Every subsequent reading of Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings by dance theorist and curator Clare Croft gives me more than the previous one. | Chintan Girish Modi writes in this week's #QueerBookshelf
Reading Ricky Martin's Me is to know that we are one, despite histories, identities and circumstances that separate us
I approached Ricky Martin's Me not as a fan keen on getting to know their pop idol, but as an avid reader of queer autobiographies | Chintan Girish Modi writes in this week's #QueerBookshelf
Close, Too Close: The Tranquebar Book of Queer Erotica raises questions around consent that we must engage with
Close, Too Close: The Tranquebar Book of Queer Erotica (2012), edited by Meena and Shruti who identify as queer feminists, is a beautiful collection of stories about queer desire and intimacy, in which you will meet queer characters who are in no need of sympathy from people who claim to be allies but are unwilling to question the ways in which they stereotype and stigmatise.
In the narrative universe of The Scent of God by Saikat Majumdar, queer love is allowed to exist only as a longing that must never utter its name
No Outlaws in the Gender Galaxy: Revisiting Zubaan's 2015 book, and what it illuminates of queer identities
Privilege keeps some of us from seeing how marginalised bodies navigate systems that assume the gender binary to be natural, coherent, and inflexible.