4 Community-enabled Queer Movements Worth Checking Out
Posted on 31 July, 2015 by Team Wishberry
In 2013, the Supreme Court of India declared section 377 as an offence and since then, social activists have been on their toes raising awareness of the normalness of the LGBTQ community.Movements, festivals and major events have been taking place in the country ever since, to spread awareness about the simple fact that love belongs to everyone. Wishberry has had the tremendous privilege of hosting some of the most noteworthy campaigns supporting the LGBTQ community that have been tremendously successful.Chennai Rainbow Film Festival is one of the premier film festivals in the country that aims to provide a platform for showcasing LGBTQ themed arts and films. It encourages the masses build tolerance towards the LGBTQ community. After celebrating ‘Colours of Sexuality’ and ‘Pride Sans Prejudice’, the theme for 2015 was ‘Expressions’. The motive of this festival was building a discrimination free society, advocating equal rights, breaking stereotypes, and spreading awareness. Kashish MIQFF has been in action since 2010. For its 6th edition held in May 2015, the theme was ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’ reflecting on the urgent need to reach out, change attitudes, prejudices and build a society that allows each person to live with love and dignity.Gaysi Zine is a queer themed magazine by the Gaysi Family. It is a platform to share opinions, activism, dreams, theories, confessions and desires. It expands the borders of queerness and being gay as a philosophy, with the politics and sensibilities associated to it. After the judgment that reinstated section 377, team Gaysi Zine believed it was all the more essential to get queer content published. And, it is too good to be kept in the closet! Queer Azadi Mumbai organizes the Mumbai Pride Month every year, which aims at letting individuals from the LGBTQ community celebrate diversity. Various events are held across the city which range from dance performances, treasure hunts, family meets, kite flying, art exhibition and the lot. Each of these movements works hard towards bringing a change in the mindset, which requires consciousness-raising that comes through dialogue and visibility. We hope the efforts towards normalizing the LGBTQ continue to flourish!