05 March 2012 ~ 6 Comments

Of Border Gays and Trans Migrants: Where Next?

Jose Antonio Vargas is perhaps the best known border gay. But there is much larger community of border gays and trans* migrants who don’t necessarily bask in the mainstream limelight. Queer immigrants have been around for quite a while and involved in every civil rights struggle. The undocumented youth movement is just the latest reincarnation. […]

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20 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Gender Boundaries

When we allow women/queer organizers to leave activist spaces and protect people whose violence provoked their departure, we are saying we value these de facto state agents who disrupt the work more than we value people whose labor builds and sustains movements. – Why Misogynists Make Great Informants “What is your gender?” 0 to 100 […]

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20 July 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Repealing DOMA Does Not Guarantee Same-Sex Couples Immigration Rights

There’s a lot I want to say about the white-washed Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act hearings in Capitol Hill right now, but I’d rather draw your attention to the fact that repealing DOMA  does not guarantee immigration benefits for same-sex bi-national couples. Attorney Jordanna Monston provides a small breakdown for us in this article. […]

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15 July 2011 ~ 5 Comments

America Deports Gay People

If you tuned into Colbert Robert last night, you heard the new face of the DREAM Act and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Jose Antonio Vargas, declare that “we live in a great country that doesn’t deport gay people, so I’m very very happy about that.” Colbert is satire and I want to believe that Jose meant that […]

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05 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

My Email to the Homophobic Health Minister, Ghulam Azad

I think I just got banned from India too. Note of caution: Homophobia in India is mostly a relic of British colonial rule. We wrote the Kama Sutra, which is full of queer portrayals of sex. Hijras — what is seen as India’s third gender — are considered auspicious for many occasions. The last thing […]

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31 December 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Priyanka Chopra in Saheli-Ana: Why Should Boys Have All the Fun?

I can turn my brain off for a second and enjoy this video of Priyanka Chopra in a new avatar: Of course, I don’t understand why the other woman has to appear dressed like a man to denote that kind of ‘Dostana.’ This adoption of gayness for humor is a troubling trend that reveals the […]

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04 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Homophobia Wars on Twitter

Sometime today it was hard to avoid the #uknowhowiknowurgay trend on twitter. It’s full of filthy, vile and stereotypical comments about LGBT folks and often nothing in particular. @thelinster started a counter-trend with #yaygay which became a trending topic at the expense of #unknowhowiknowurgay. You can call this a mini (meaningless) social media war although […]

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12 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

For Desi Parents – How to Be Supportive of Your Gay or Lesbian Daughters

10. Do NOT bring up the topic of marriage to men or go around looking for prospective grooms FOR WHATEVER REASON. It is the most insulting and disrespectful thing to do. 9. Do let her cut her hair and dress in whatever decent way she desires. It is her body. Don’t taunt or make fun […]

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