Happy Pride Month! As we near the end of June, I am sure you would have added some LGBTQIA+ books to your TBR and read a few too. Books that help normalize diverse identities. Books that celebrate the community.
As a part of Blogchatter‘s #CauseAChatter campaign, I have shared Must-Read LGBTQIA+ Non-Fiction Books and LGBTQIA+ Memoirs and Personal Narratives. A collection of diverse writing that empowers and inspires.
As more and more members of the community come forward to share their personal stories, they help those struggling to find a voice and hope. The memoirs also help create much-needed awareness and generate empathy.
Today I share with you another collection of LGBTQIA+ memoirs and personal narratives from India. In prose and in verse. Not just by the members of the community but also by allies. Books that are a must-read. Because reading diverse books should not be limited to just the Pride Month.
by Sharif D. Rangnekar
Is queer ‘only’ about sexuality? Or is it a state of existence?
In a society where family, religion, caste, and class dictate how we live our lives, Sharif D. Rangnekar explores being queer in India. A collection of pieces on lived experiences. Some witty, some deeply personal. More than just a memoir, it is a social commentary on just how inclusive is contemporary India. The social and political issues, and more importantly, social justice.
The book is a must-read. Be sure to check out Straight to Normal: My Life as a Gay Man by Sharif D. Rangnekar by the author too.
A Gift of Goddess Lakshmi
by Manobi Bandopadhyay with Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey
Born after two girls in a conservative family, Somnath always felt inadequate in his own body and questioned his identity. A fact the family refused to acknowledge.
A Gift of Goddess Lakshmi is an inspiring story of Manobi’s transformation from a man to a woman. The struggles and the unwavering spirit as she pursued her academics and went on to become the first transgender principal of a girls’ college. Finally defining her identity while inspiring many more.
I Am Vidya: A Transgender’s Journey
by Living Smile Vidya
Living Smile Vidya, or Smiley, is an Indian trans woman actor, writer, director, and Dalit rights activist.
Originally written in Tamil and translated into English (along with six other languages), I am Vidya is a deeply personal story of Vidya’s journey as a transsexual. Tackling emotional and physical harassment and a complete lack of empathy. Rising above it all to establish her identity.
A difficult book to read, but a necessary one nonetheless.Gender Identity & India – LGBTQIA+ Memoirs, Personal Narratives, Poetry, & More #HappyPride #BlogaberryDazzle #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
We Are Not The Others: Reflections of a Transgender Artivist
by Kalki Subramaniam
because we need to be heard,
because we need to be understood,
because we need to survive.
We Are Not The Others is a collection of poems (in English and some translated from Tamil), articles, stories, illustrations, monologues, letters, and conversations by the artivist. Reflecting the anger and injustice the transgender community has to endure every day. The complexities and the struggles.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind read.
The World That Belongs To Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia
by Aditi Angiras, Akhil Katyal
‘Does loneliness have no borders?’ – Gee Semmalar
The World That Belongs To Us is the first-of-its-kind anthology that brings together the best of contemporary queer poetry from South Asia – from the subcontinent and its diasporas. Exploring a range of themes including desire, loneliness, sexual intimacy, caste, activism, family, politics, and many more.
Intimate, uplifting, and at times brutal, it is an essential read.
equALLY: Stories by Friends of the Queer World
by Srini Ramaswamy, Ramkrishna Sinha
Allies are an important part of the LGBTQIA+ conversation. Supporting the community, raising awareness, and making a positive impact.
equALLY: Stories by Friends of the Queer World is a collection of 45 stories of influencers, corporate leaders, parents, teachers, and teenagers. Celebrating life experiences, perspectives, and sentiments of their journey to allyship.
Whether you are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or want to be a better ally, do pick up this inspiring read.
What are your favorite LGBTQIA+ memoirs, personal narratives, or poetry pieces by Indian authors? Do share about them in the comments below.Gender Identity & India – LGBTQIA+ Memoirs, Personal Narratives, Poetry, & More @blogchatter #CauseAChatter #Inclusivity #LGBTQ #BookChatter #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
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