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 E29: Manak Matiyani

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On this episode of Keeping It Queer, Navin speaks to Manak Mataiyani, Executive Director, YP Foundation. Manak is a feminist queer activist facilitating youth leadership for social change.

He opens up about:

  • Growing up gay in Delhi and dealing with coming out during his college days.

  • How he came to be a feminist in his approach.

  • His work with the YP Foundation, focussing on gender and sexuality.

  • His involvement with the Delhi Pride.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad talk about well Navin's favourite 'M' word - Marijuana and its potrayal in some films and TV series in the recent past.

Manak is on twitter and instagram as @Dafliwala https://twitter.com/Dafliwala

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S02 E28: Durga Gawde

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to artist and activist Durga Gawde. Their drag name is Shakti.

They talk about:

  • Durga's journey with their gender fluidity.

  • How their parents created an artistic environment for them.

  • What Durga's parents thought about gender roles and how it made an impact on Durga.

  • Durga's days at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and The Rhode Island School of Design, America.

On the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad pick on Sacred Games and some more current hot picks from pop culture, talking about the portrayal of transgender people.

Durga is on Instagram at @durgagawdestudio

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S02 E24: Ishmeet Nagpal

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to gender rights activist, writer and poet Ishmeet Nagpal. She is also the Co-Founder, SXonomics and works with Save the Children, India.

She opens about:

  • Her journey with fighting for women's rights and her experiences of being stalked and harassed in Harayana.
  • How incels are coming in the way of women's freedom and rights.
  • How society pressurizes women, irrespective of the different stages in life.
  • The real reasons behind acid attacks.

Ishmeet tweets at @IshmeetNagpal

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On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin couldn't help but bring up the aunty who says, "Hi friends, chai pilo!" What a rage! The two of them also discuss lesbian-centric pop-culture and lots more!

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