LGBTIQ+

Queering the archive: The in-between and fleeting

At the heart of Iti, Roopbaan, is not only the concern of sexuality, but also of relationships. Queer individuals located in different places and temporalities (dating back to 1988) writing about desires and emotions and trying to communicate their selves to the people (and at times, places) they love, know, knew and/or want to relate to. …

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Women and Sexualities: the troubles of discussing women’s sexual rights

There is no simple, straightforward mapping of ‘queer’ versus ‘straight’ sexual identities for women.   Sexuality, or rather plurality of it, is not a conceptual matter of discussion only; rather these are ‘lived’ realities of lives, evolved around our individual journeys of erotic desires, practices and identities, governed under the heteronormative and marriage-normative socio-sexual structures. …

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Only Categories Can’t Contain ‘Deviants’

A fact that would be highly contested and would be seen in the spectacles of ‘purity’ and ‘taste’ modernity injected into the psyche. Regulation of sexual activities, among many other human actions, is a crucial feature of modernity. This is what I find as the backdrop of my perception on sexuality.               I should …

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LGBTIQ+ rights in the world: A condensed update on current situation

The world has been witnessing a ‘polarized progress’ with the rise of right-wing, populist, and fundamentalist forces threatening to roll back all the rights achieved not just by the LGBTIQ+ communities but by other minorities as well.   Disclaimer: This article is an ambitious attempt to present a summary of the current state of LGBTIQ+ …

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Self-medication and survival strategies among transgender women in Denmark: Current state of organizing of those who are left behind

Our real-life stories demonstrate that these women in Denmark partake in hazardous self-medication, unsafe strategies, and sex work as tactics for accessing the treatment while left on hold by the healthcare system.   Denmark  is often described as one of the most progressive countries when it comes to its legal framework regarding transgender persons. Danish …

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Violence against the LGBTQ community: Understanding the magnitude and vulnerabilities

LGBTQ individuals are more vulnerable to threats and exposed to violence. They do not have the many common protective mechanisms that most other individuals enjoy around them, the first of which is family.   From the outset, it seems like open season on the LGBTQ community. Across the globe, people are being killed, tortured, harassed, …

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Resistance in times of the so-called “gender ideology” in Latin America

The “gender ideology” rhetoric that has taken root in Latin America and Eastern Europe resorts to vitriolic rhetoric to describe and “unveil” plots and conspiracies that frequently include the destruction of the family and the moral fabric of society.   In recent years, LGBT+ organisations in Latin America have had to deal with an increased …

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Queer migration as a trans antifascist from Bangladesh to ‘Europe’

Trigger warning: mention of sexual violence, suicide, murder, death, transphobia, violence Content note: The author does not necessarily align with everything being said in all the links in the article, however, the texts are meant to provide context for the language and concepts used. In general, for queer people, the idea that certain places in …

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Our Struggle is Not Our Own – the Need for Solidarity

Pitting communities against each other has been part of the establishment playbook for centuries and the strategy has, sadly, not lost its toxic impact.   On 22 July 2020, the British Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, had to stand in the House of Commons and clarify that the government’s response on consultations on …

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Preface from the Guest Editor      

When Tutul bhai (Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, editor and publisher of Shuddhashar) approached me with the idea of a special issue on LGBTIQ+ rights and asked if I would be interested to take up the ‘responsibility,’ I instantly knew I wanted to say yes. But given how I have been teaching myself to be cautiously happy …

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