S02 E30: Ashok Row Kavi

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On the season finale of Keeping It Queer, Navin speaks to one of India's early LGBT activists; journalist and writer, Ashok Row Kavi. Ashok is credited to having founded India’s first LGBT magazine in 1990 - Bombay Dost and The Humsafar Trust in 1994.

He discusses:

  • His early days as a gay journalist and writer in the country.

  • How he came out in a Hindu monastery.

  • The queer community as part of the Indian pop-culture culture.

  • The politics of shame.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad discuss some of their worst experiences on dates they've been to and share their cynical thoughts about relationships and casual equations. They end the segment and the show with some pop-culture recommendations about love, family and relationships.

Ashok is on twitter as @Amma29

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S02 E27: Parmesh Shahani

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to Author of Gay Bombay and the Head of the Godrej Culture Lab: Parmesh Shahani.

They talk about:

  • Parmesh's early days as a Sindhi boy from Colaba, what his sense of inclusion is and his journey with self-discovering his sexuality.

  • How Parmesh is the diva of 'Viva Vikhroli!'

  • His work with India Culture Lab and collaborating with other corporates and colleges for LGBT inclusion.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad go down south with their choice of films and men!

Parmesh tweets at @parmeshs https://twitter.com/parmeshs

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S02 E25: Ankit Bhuptani

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to social worker, gay rights activist, founder and chairperson of GALVA (Gay & Lesbian Vaisnava Association), Mumbai.

He opens up about:

  • His coming out at the age of 17.
  • How and why he founded GALVA in Mumbai.
  • His perspective about inclusion through faith.
  • How he went around the country in trains to talk about LGBT rights.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin riff-raff about some recent Bollywood films they watched and didn't really like. Navin also brings up his recent obsession with queer voguing videos and lots more!

Ankit tweets at @krishnasankit

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S02 E23: Ishaan Sethi

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to Ishaan Sethi, Co-Founder, and CEO, Delta App. He opens up about:
- His journey about being accepted as a gay man in the U.S and then in India.
- Setting up an app to promote inclusion for the LGBT community in the country.
- The specifications that differentiate Delta from other networking and dating apps.
- The stories, that have come out of this app, the responses to the platform, from across the country.

Ishaan tweets at @_IshaanSethi

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On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss the FIFA fallouts and the football fever.

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