◄QueerCampus India invites you to join us for our public meeting at Yodakin Bookstore ►
Our regular public meetings are informal support spaces for queer youth. And we wholeheartedly invite participation from everyone who believes in what we stand for! This is your space to speak your mind, share your experiences with respect to coming out to family, friends, realization of your sexuality, your specific interests or what you expect from a queer youth support group like QCI.
At this meeting we'll look forward to discussing coming out in the context of our families. How should one do it? Is there a 'right time'? How to help them understand things? It's a difficult process for you and your family. We'll talk about such questions from the point of view of our own experiences and thoughts. We'll also share and talk about some relevant texts/material on this topic taken from books, magazines, movies etc.
We also invite participation in terms of getting involved with the group, for eg. coordinating our events and managing the groundwork for new ideas that we're coming up with. This aspect will also be discussed at the meet.
YODAKIN is a bookstore which is an independent publishing house that focuses on urban studies, sexuality and gender, among other subjects. Yodakin is a Queer-friendly space and will be hosting this QCI meeting and more in the future.
The Naz Foundation's Milan Centre and QueerCampus India invite you to the screening of three documentaries –
Many People, Many Desires (45 mins) I am Beautiful (20 mins) O Boy (20 mins) I am Beautiful and O Boy have been directed by students of Kamla Nehru College and feature some QCI regulars! So come, watch, discuss, and encourage these young film-makers to produce more brilliant work!
This is the fourth screening, in a series of films we will show every 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month at Naz's Milan Centre. The screening will be followed by a group discussion. Email invites will be sent prior to each screening. Entry is free and open to all!
Cutting across class, gender, language and caste, the film tells the stories of gay/bisexual/lesbian persons living in the city of Bangalore. Through them it brings forth the debate on the basic right to one's sexual/gender expression, and it aims to mobilize debate and discussion and generate support from within and outside the sexual minority communities.
Directed by T. Jayashree.
I am Beautiful
In a world where ideals of body, identity and beauty are shot through with gender ideals, this film tries to find important explorations of these ideals in the “queer” community. The film takes from the ideas of members of this community to establish the rainbow of definitions and notions of ‘beauty’; similarities and contrast between all such definitions and yet their respective relevance. Through interviews, the film tries to attempt to break stereotypes, or perhaps in the course reinforce them, about the idea of beauty and acceptance. The film at the same time questions the need to label ‘beauty’ in itself as well as the community. As our protagonists discuss and question the hold that society and popular beliefs have had on their ability to experience and communicate their measuring of the term ‘beauty’, perhaps they will also find viewers hungry for such reflections.
Directed by students of Kamla Nehru College - Kanishka Singh Deo, Ashima Grover, Vibha Singh, Apeksha Verma.
In a traditionally patriarchal society where the virginity of women has been discussed and scrutinized to the hilt, our movie delves into a much overlooked sphere of the very same concept in their male counterparts. The entire concept of virginity has been discussed keeping in mind male virginity.
Our film revolves around the mind of one boy who is pondering on what virginity actually is. What it’s expected to mean to him, what his peers believe it to be, it’s relevance and so on. As we see the unnamed boy thinking, and his own understanding of the entire concept of virginity evolves, the movie too unfolds itself, lending the spectator a clear view into his mind.
(Complete synopsis for this documentary is available at QueerCampus India google group)
Directed students of Kamla Nehru College- Ishita Dasgupta, Aanandita Chawla, Mishika singh, Neha Goel, Ishani Dey, Radhika Sirkhall.
Nearest metro stop: Lajpat Nagar on the Violet Line; from here, proceed south down Lala Lajpat Rai Path until you reach the entrance to Lajpat Nagar III A-block on your left; this will be the first left after leaving the metro station behind you. After taking this left, enter A-block and again take the first left. You should pass by the CenturnU Institute of Management and Creative Studies immediately before making this left. Additionally, there will be signs posted to indicate this particular left turn. From there, just follow the signs and the Milan Centre will be on the right-hand side of this alley.