01 April 2015 ~ 6 Comments

Is Migration Really Beautiful?

Today is a very special day.¬†It was four years ago, today, that the U.S. government initiated removal proceedings against me. I am not only here–but now I have lawful status, and on an expedited pathway to U.S. citizenship. (This does not stop people from sending me hate mail, which goes to prove the ‘we support […]

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11 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

India’s Supreme Court Re-Criminalizes Gay Sex

In a shockingly poor¬†decision, the Indian Supreme Court has reversed the July 2009 ruling of the Delhi High Court decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults. In doing so, India’s Supreme Court has recriminalized gay sex in India, rendering almost 20 percent of the global LGBT population illegal. Overturning a High Court decision, the Indian Supreme […]

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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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05 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Homosexuality Is A “Disease” and “Unnatural” – Indian Health Prime Minister

“The disease of men having sex with men is unnatural and not good for India. We are not able to identify where it is happening as it less reported also,” Azad said at the national convention of zila parishad chairpersons and mayors on HIV/AIDS. Azad is moron of the week for being the Health Minister […]

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18 April 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic: 21st Century Girmitya?

If you want the definition of “undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic” then this article in my school newspaper pretty much sums it up. Some straight-talk from me, with no pun intended: “I think a lot of people are angry,” Lal said. “I’m more amused, personally. They can’t kick me out of the country.” As a well-known […]

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