S03 E10: Don't Be A Drag, Just Be A Queen

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On this episode, Navin and Farhad talk to the Drag Queen, Sushant Divgikar about his journey as he takes on different roles of being a host, a model, a video jockey, a performer and the list goes on. Known as Rani Ko-He-Nur, Sushant shares what it means to chart the unconventional way that inspires people to come out of the closet.

Do we have Drags in our mythology? What can you do to represent yourself as part of the community? Tune in to this fun conversation to know what it means to create a niche for oneself.

You can follow Sushant Divgikar on his instagram handle @sushantdivgikr  

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle- @theqr8r  

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle- @houseofnoronha  

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S03 E09: Tik Tok and Tech Talk

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On this episode, Navin and Farhad talk about their favorite Tik Tok videos and how technology has affected their lives. Is it the emerging genre of comedy? Is there something queer in the videos where a guy plays the role of a girl? Does it allow role play and gender bending?

Tune in to know how tech savvy your hosts are and how have they used these platforms for Keeping It Queer!

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle- @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle- @houseofnoronha

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S03 E08: STIgma

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On this episode, Farhad and Navin talk to the Queer Mental Health Professional, Richa Vashista. She shares her journey of coming out and working with queer communities to talk about the stigma around HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

What is high-risk behaviour? What is condom negotiation and how can one practice self-care? How does Humsafar help people by talking about physical, mental and sexual health? Has STI been mis-represented in Pop culture? Tune in to steer clear of all the doubts you have around this STIgma.

You can follow Richa Vashista on her instagram handle @richa_3.

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle @houseofnoronha

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S03 E07: Gay Pageants

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On this episode, Farhad and Navin are joined by Suresh Ramdas, Mr.Gay World India 2019. He shares his journey of going through Gay Pageant and why are these representations important in a queer space. How is it more than the fanfare of appearance? What are some other ways for him to actively support the cause after Section.377 has been struck down?

Tune in to this tete-a-tete where Navin, Farhad and Suresh open up about the Transgender representation in LGBTQAI+.

You can follow Suresh Ramdas on his instagram handle @sr81_mgwi

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle- @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle- @houseofnoronha

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S03 E06: Monogamy

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On this episode, Farhad and Navin are joined by Stand-up Comedian Jeeya Sethi to discuss monogamy. They discuss the generational shift of how relationship and commitment is perceived by their parents viz the youngsters today. Are there any loopholes in the concept of monogamy? What is a toxic relationship? Do open marriages or open relationships work?

Join our hosts and the guest on this open conversation about all things open ended and in the state of fluidity- be it identity or a relation!

You can follow Jeeya Sethi on her instagram handle @jeeyadhadkdhadk

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle @houseofnoronha

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S03 E05: Saahas Group Therapy

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On the fifth episode, Navin Noronha and Farhad Karkaria are joined by Jagruti Wandrekar and Advaita Nigudkar, Queer Affirmative Therapists. They share how fan-fiction helped them to come out and how they began Saahas therapy group as a queer-friendly space. They explain the queer affirmative counseling approach, group therapy format and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

They ask important questions like - how accessible is therapy? How affordable is it? Can therapy be gender-sensitive? What does it mean to be mis-gendered? Tune in to this episode to understand intersectionality in the Mental Health Space of LGBTQAI+ community.

You can follow Saahas on their facebook page- SAAHAS.

Follow Saahas on their instagram account @saahastherapygroup.

Link to the iCALL Psychological Helpline to get the updated list of Mental Health Professionals we can trust:
(https://www.facebook.com/helplineicall/posts/were-sharing-here-the-updated-list-of-mental-health-professionals-we-can-trust-w/1663493417046161/)

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle- @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle- @houseofnoronha

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S03 E04: Fag Hag

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On this episode, Navin Noronha introduces his fag hag Jeeya Sethi to Farhad Karkaria. They discuss the term fag hag and what role does that play in a gay person's life. Can there be a bad fag hag? Navin and Jeeya go down the memory lane about how they met and how they work as each other's support system.

Tune in to this episode to get a peep into funny anecdotes from Farhad and Navin's life.

You can follow Jeeya Sethi on her instagram handle- @jeeyadhadkdhadk

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle- @theqr8r
You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle- @houseofnoronha
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S03 E03: Straight Pride

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On this episode, Navin and Farhad discuss 'Why Straight Pride?' with our straight guest Abbas Momin who is a stand-up comedian. Navin throws light on the history of the pride month and traces its importance for LGBTQAI+ community. Farhad joins in with his observations about the Pride Walk and Abbas gives his side of the story when he joins in the walk as a straight guy.

Do we need a 'straight pride'? Is it another form of practicing homophobia? Tune in to the episode to understand how colors and exuberance of a pride month mean much more than its face value.

You can follow Abbas Momin on his instagram handle- @abbasmomin88
You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle- @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle- @houseofnoronha
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S03 E02: #MeToo

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On the second episode of our queer podcast, our hosts Navin Noronha and Farhad Karkaria are joined by the Social Media Influencer and Writer, Mahima Kukreja. She led the bandwagon of #MeToo movement in India and addressed issues around it.

Mahima talks about the movement and its repercussions. Can there be an apology for the same? Has #MeToo reached queer spaces? Who is allowed to call out the harassment? Tune in to this discussion where Mahima, Farhad and Navin articulate what can be a safe-space!

Follow Mahima Kukreja on instagram handle @AGirlOfHerWords

You can follow Farhad Karkaria on his instagram handle - @theqr8r

You can follow Navin Noronha on his instagram handle - @houseofnoronha

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S02 E22: Vivek Tejuja

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On Keeping it Queer this week, Navin talks to Vivek Tejuja, major book nerd and critic. He opens up about:
- Discovering great erotica through books.
- Watching queer films on Indian movie channels late at night.
- The 10 LGBT-themed book every queer kid should read.
- How most of the shows we grew up with have queer undertones.

Vivek tweets at @vivkeisms

On the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss fetishes and weird things that turn them on.

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S02 E21: Dan Rebello (Queer Rave)

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This week on Keeping it Queer, teacher and Instagrammer Dan Rebello joins Navin to talk about:

  • What's it like to not conform to one gender.

  • How they deal with their over-inquisitive extended family.

  • How society is not equipped to accommodate non binary individuals.

  • What their Instagram campaign 'Dekhi Andekhi' is all about.

On Culture Vulture, Farhad and Navin discuss toxic masculinity and a TV series that breaks that mould.

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S02 E19: Feat. Ankit Dasgupta

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This week, we meet Ankit Dasgupta, who manages social media content for Mirror Now, a reputed news channel.

  • How he first came out to his mom.

  • What's it like to be openly gay in a massive news channel.

  • What was it like to be a part of Flash Mob.

  • Why news debates are necessary, but in a controlled manner.

On the Culture Vulture segment of the show, Farhad and Navin talk about their childhood crushes and recommend some cool reboots.

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S02 E17: Praful Baweja

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This week on Keeping it Queer, Navin talks to Praful Baweja, co-founder of Six Degrees, a growth network for Indian LGBTQ++ individuals to meet; connect; recruit; share skills; leads; referrals and empower each other. He opens up about:
- His fascination with books from an early age.
- Being there when the Mumbai Pride first started.
- Why he feels it's okay to move on to curation of other events for the queer communities.
- How the allies are coming out in support of the community.

On the Cultrue Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss queer stand-up comedians, who are using jokes to get the stories of their struggles out there.

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S02 E12: Deb, Ankit and Arundhati

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This week on Keeping it Queer, we meet Deb and Ankit, two young gay men who found love in each other. Joining them in the studio is Deb's mother Arundhati, who talks about how she always knew her son was gay and also dishes out some secrets!

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin talk about evolution of Queer themes in the Hindi film industry.

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S02 E09: Ray

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On this episode of #KeepingitQueer, we meet Ray, a spoken word artist and social impact specialist. She opens up about how growing up Queer came with jeers, taunts and mental trauma. She also sheds light on how a body cleanse helped her cope with a lot in life.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad and Navin discuss the best gay relationships in TV shows.

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S02 E08: Daniel Mendonca

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This week on #KeepingitQueer, we meet Daniel Mendonca, who proudly represents the I in the LGBTQIA spectrum. Having been long-time friends with Navin, Daniel opens up about the many ups and downs he has faced and why he believes Christianity has space to evolve.

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S02 E07: Aruna Desai and Padma Iyer

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On this very special episode of Keeping it Queer, we meet two mothers - Aruna Desai and Padma Iyer. They open up about what's it like to accept your child as queer and the many learnings that come with it.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Navin and Farhad talk about the Oscar-nominated queer films and how they have evolved over time.

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S02 E06: Darshil

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This week we meet Darshil S, a young chef who has been actively involved in organizing the Mr Gay World India pageant. He opens up about how he got involved with the LGBTQ community, what's it like living as a gay Desi man in Australia and how exploring sexual fetishes can help make the world a better place.

In the Culture Vulture segment of the show, Farhad talks about unique social dating apps that no one's heard about and opens up about kinks and sexual desires.

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S02 E05: Maya the Drag Queen and Rani Ko-He-Nur

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On this episode of Keeping it Queer, we meet two drag queens from India, Maya (aka Alex Mathew) and Rani Ko-He-Nur (aka Sushant Divgikar). Listen as they throw shade at each other, serve fish and explain several colorful terms from the world of drag.

In the Culture Vulture segment, Farhad recommends musicians who are a far cry from the regular gay divas and he also ends up learning what the 'Kiki' means.

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S02 E04: Savio Mascarenhas

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This week on #KeepingitQueer, Navin is joined by Savio Mascarenhas, founder of Color Positive, who opens up about growing up gay in a joint family setting, enjoying the stage and sharing its joy with others.

In the #CultureVulture segment, Farhad recommends a film whilst also divulging a story about a kite, a cliff and rubbing one out.

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