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What It's Like to Be Part of India's Queer Community [5 minute read + photos]

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Kriti, a member of Delhi’s LGBTQ community, poses for a portrait. In many cases, Western notions of sexuality and gender don’t translate seamlessly to India, and Kriti was one for whom Western labels seemed ill-fitting. Image by Jake Naughton and Aarti Singh. India, 2017.

Today's Underreported Fact:

India is one of the world's only countries to have decriminalized and then re-criminalized homosexuality.

Introducing the Resource:

Read the text and view the photo gallery at "Images Exploring What It's Like to Be Part of India's Queer Community"

Discussion Questions:

  1. What difficulties might LGBTQ+ people face after this re-criminalization?
  2. Why do you think the journalists chose to tell this story through portraits?
  3. How do journalists respect their subjects' privacy, and why is that important?
  4. What feelings do you get from these images? What about the images creates those feelings?

Activity Ideas:

Option 1.

Research challenges LGBTQ+ people face in your community. How are these challenges similar to and different from the challenges LGBTQ+ people are facing in India?

Option 2.

Using Naughton and Singh's photos as inspiration, take three portraits of a classmate: one showing their whole face, one partially anonymous, and one completely anonymous.

Option 3.

Choose one LGBTQ+ right (i.e. marriage, employment nondiscrimination) and create a map or timeline showing when that right was granted in each U.S. state. Note any states in which it still has not granted. You can alternatively research different countries' laws.

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