We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.
- Babyji by Abha Dawesar
- Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
- Funny Boy, by Shyam Selvadurai
- Ode to Lata, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
- The Paths of Marriage, by Mala Kumar
- The Pregnant King, by Devdutt Pattanaik
- Quarantine, by Rahul Mehta
- She of the Mountains, by Vivek Shraya
- The Two Krishnas, by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
- The World Unseen, by Shamim Sarif
Non-Fiction & Anthologies:
- AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India, by Amartya Sen and various authors
- Because I Have A Voice: Queer Politics in India, edited by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan
- Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love, and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India, by Parmesh Shahani
- Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures, by Gayatri Gopinath
- The Invisibles, by Zia Jaffrey
- A Lotus of Another Color, by Rakesh Ratti
- Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West by Ruth Vanita
- Made in India: Decolonializations, Queer Sexualities, Trans/National Projects, by Suparna Bhaskaran
- Same-Sex Love in India, edited by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwal
- Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia, by Sanjay Srivastava
- Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, by Devdutt Pattanaik
- Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics, by Naisargi Dave
- Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society, by Ruth Vanita
- With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India, by Gaytri Reddy
#woctoberfest: jamie’s thirty-one randomly-ordered faves
day sixteen: idie okonkwo (oya) | nigerian
the story; idie is a highly religious catholic girl, born and raised with the igbo people of nigeria. when her powers manifested, she accidentally burned down her village and killed her family, resulting in her nearly being killed by a paramilitary group. she joined hope and the five lights in their adventures before going to wolverine’s jean grey school. once there, she learned to accept her mutant abilities and made many friends, even beginning a relationship with quentin quire.
abilities; idie, one of the first mutants to manifest after m-day, has thermokinetic abilities and can manipulate temperatures. this manifests through pyrokinesis, which gives her the ability to create and control fire, and cryokinesis, which gives her the ability to generate ice.
seen in; generation hope. x-men: schism. wolverine and the x-men v1, v2.
Spotlight: Photographer Damion Reid and the “Beauty of the Black Woman” Project.
How do you describe what a black woman is? How do you even begin to define her?
You don’t. You leave that up to her.
As black women, as black people, we are well aware of our complexities - whether inherited or otherwise. What’s more, despite our differences being used to divide and separate us, whether through experience or heritage, history has played out in such a way that we are and will always be connected to each other in ways words cannot even begin to describe. As romantic as this may sound, and though there is so much beauty in who we are, there’s a lot of pain that we are still forced to triumph through. Despite all this, as we combat that which has manifested in our lives through both structural and internal racism, it’s so important that we look for ways to find and recreate ourselves on our terms.
Living in a world where black women have to constantly defend their existence and personally find ways to continuously reaffirm their beauty and self-worth, it’s hard not to love what Damion Reid does.
As a Communications Major, Reid was, to say the least, troubled by the negative images and stories he’d often come across of Black women and Black people in the Diaspora. In the Spring of 2002, armed with his camera and desire to show the multi-faceted reality of Black women, he began approaching women he’d see in public in an attempt to capture the “Beauty of the Black Woman.”
Ridding himself of mainstream notions of what beauty is or is supposed to look like, Reid opted to go for something deeper when approaching women, "I share a spiritual bond with Black Women. They are the only people that can understand what me a Black Male goes through. That is beauty to me. I go with my feelings. If it feels right to approach someone, I will do it."
So far, the responses Reid has received have been incredibly positive and wonderfully surprising, “Sometimes the Women are shocked that I want to photograph them. They were not used to be called beautiful, much less photographed.”
For Reid, this is a “never-ending project.” He does plan on taking things further and is currently working on a project that concerns Black men in the Diaspora.