QueerAbad is an organisation which works because of belief, reflection and intense micro-managing and to mobilize the LGBTQIA rights in India. They are all set to conduct Sambandh in the month of February and then a Pride march organised after the conference ending in a fair.
Along with this, they have been working on a queer zine (titled “Tilt”) to be published around the same time and information booklets of everything from mental health, trans* identities to basic definitions of the whole spectrum. Ahmedabad is changing and we may not agree with all of its changes but this particular shift has been a long time coming.
Shamini Kothari, convenor of the conference and co-founder of QueerAbad said, “The response for the workshop has been immense. We are expecting many walk-in registrations as well. Our main aim is to take these conversations to another level and look at queer issues academically.”
The conference, being held at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, will end with a Queer Pride Parade and a Queer Mela. The parade will start from the Kanoria Centre for Arts and end at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Usmanpura.
Some 100 participants from across the country are expected to participate in the conference and they will be presenting research papers on a variety of issues that concern the LGBTQIA community and the conference will include presentation of papers on topics like, ‘How queer is queer enough’, ‘Maharanis with a pink mirror: Gulabi Aaina and the LGBT struggle in India’.
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