Gay Identities and Rights: Perspectives from India and U.S.A.

Gay Identities Rights Perspectives from India USA American Center Kasturba Gandhi Marg Creative

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Event Description: Josh-e-Umang presents Panel Discussion on "Gay Identities and Rights: Perspectives from India and U.S.A." with Dramatized Reading by the Dramatic Society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, DU, from the book Embracing Gay Identities by Wilfrid R. Koponen, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin and poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver. The panel is made up of Sonal Giani and Nabhneel from India, and Dr. David Mason from the U.S.A. Dr. Mason will also moderate the panel discussion.

Sonal Giani is a Queer activist and filmmaker. She is currently a Senior Technical Advisor Diversity and Inclusion at International Planned Parenthood Federation – South Asia Regional Office. She is a filmmaker and the co-founder of Umang, a support group for lesbian, bisexual women and trans men, and Yaariyan, a youth initiative of The Humsafar Trust, which facilitates youth access to health and social support. 

Nabhneel is an outreach consultant, and a journalist based in Patna, Bihar who has been constantly active in Bihar’s Queer space. He constantly organizes events and workshops related to sexuality and gender in Bihar. He is Co-founder of Janno Junction — a storytelling digital media platform focused on art and news working in the media space to present information in the language GenZ understands. He was also a part of the founding team of which produced the award winning Queer film “ Maacher Jhol-The Fish Curry” that can now be seen on OTT MX Player. He is also the organiser for the art exhibition 'The Pride Thread-2022' in Patna. 

Dr. David Mason is Editor in Chief of Ecumenica: Performance and Religion and the author of Theatre and Religion on Krishna’s Stage and The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre. He earned a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, writing a dissertation that was supported by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship. He has been a board member of the Association for Asian Performance and is currently co-convenor of the Performance, Religion, and Spirituality working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. He is a Fulbright Fellow here in India, researching on a comparative study of the various forms of līlā performance in northern India, giving particular attention to ceremonial frames, acting styles, performer training, and audience engagement. 

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Gay Identities and Rights: Perspectives from India and U.S.A. Gay Identities and Rights: Perspectives from India and U.S.A. Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Rating: 5

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