Gaylaxy

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Gaylaxy
Editor

Sukhdeep Singh

Sachin Jain (Hindi)
Categories LGBTQ+
Frequency Bi-monthly
Founder Sukhdeep Singh
First issue January 10, 2010 (2010-01-10)
Country India
Language English, Hindi
Website www.gaylaxymag.com

Gaylaxy is an Indian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) magazines.[1] The magazine is based is based in Kolkata.[2]

History and Development[edit]

Gaylaxy was founded by Sukhdeep Singh.[3] In 2010, Singh was still an eighth semester B.Tech student at the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad. Singh is the current editor-in-chief and is also a gay rights activist in India.[4] The initial team consisted mostly of the editor's close friends and contacts. The first issue was published in January 2010, after India's "high court overturned a law that criminalized homosexuality." The second issue of the magazine saw the launch of the website.[5] Later, in 2013 this law was again reinstated, making being in a same sex relationship in India illegal again.[6]

After the Indian Supreme Court's decision effectively re-criminalizing LGBTIQ citizens in December 2013, a dedicated Hindi section of Gaylaxy Magazine was created with an inaugural issue of 8 articles. Sachin Jain joined forces with Sukhdeep as he wanted to positively and constructively channelize his anger and frustration at disparaging description of the community as "a minuscule minority with so called rights", rooted in the misconception that the indigenous queer movement is an elitist product of Westernization, liberalization and globalization.[7]

Gaylaxy also released an app on 14 February 2014 relating to the website and its content.The application is maintained by Apurv Gupta.[8]

In their effort towards going mobile, the website was also made available on news reading application called “Plash.”[9]

The Gaylaxy app is considered a "possible first for the gay community" in India, according to The India Times.[10]

Publication and content[edit]

Gaylaxy was originally distributed as a monthly magazine.[11] From 2011 to 2013, it was a bi-monthly[12] publication, distributed online free of cost. But from 2014, Gaylaxy is available only as a website and discontinued its pdf issues.[citation needed]

The magazine claims to have a worldwide readership, with nearly 60% from India, followed by United States, UK, Pakistan and Canada. The magazine has contributors from all parts of India, including Pakistan.[1]

The magazine has covered a wide variety of issues pertaining to LGBT in India.[13]

The content is generally made up of

  • A cover story highlighting in detail various LGBT issues in the country.
  • LGBT news from India and around the world, details of film festivals, pride festivals, interviews.
  • Relationship advice, movie reviews, literature, fiction and poems sent in by readers, sexual health and safety, and tarot readings.
  • Personal articles sent by people about their opinions, lives and coming out.

Each issue of Gaylaxy also carries a list of NGOs across India working for LGBT issues with their contact details.

The magazine has covered issues from all around the world including the anti-gay bills in Uganda and Russia, California Proposition 8 and LGBT rights in Pakistan.

The magazine also publishes regular news articles on its websites about LGBT events in India.

Events[edit]

Gaylaxy has been organizing various seminars, events, ceremonies, workshops, awareness sessions for the community and at colleges as well.

  • In October 2016, it organized an event called " Breaking the Closet " wherein many activists including Gautam Yadav, Rituparna Borah, Anwesh Sahoo, Sharif Rangnekar, and several people from the audience shared their coming out stories and the connotations of " closet ".[14]
  • It supported the pride march organized by IIT Delhi and University of Delhi students where Sukhdeep Singh spoke about coming out.[15]
  • In November 2016, it organized " Queer Carnival " where people from the LGBTQ+ community showcased their talent in singing, dancing, poetry etc.[16]
  • It organized a workshop on Gender, Sexuality and Power in Presidency University, Kolkata on the 15th of December, through practical hands – on exercises and interactive sessions.The workshop involved a journey through multiple exercises and interactive sessions to break down the stigma and silence the concerns issues related to Gender and Sexuality on campuses.[2]

Notable Works[edit]

Gaylaxy Hindi has published a total of 185 works by 53 contributors since January 1, 2014. The magazine has published an Indo-Pak gay love story called 'Zero Line' by a queer writer Hadi Hussain Bhatt from Lahore, reporting on issues and achievements of both Pakistani and Bangladeshi LGBTIQ movements, development of relationships based on trust with closeted individuals in the heartland and encouraging them to express themselves. Gaylaxy also interviewed Xulhaz Manan, just a couple of days before he lost his life to extremists in Bangladesh. In 2015, Sachin was invited to speak about our work with Gaylaxy Hindi at the Queer Asia Conference at the Society of Oriental and African Studies in London. In 2016, his article on Hindi queer writing, "(Not) His Master's Voice" was also published in an anthology about Indian urban queer spaces called "Queer Potli".[17]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Sukhdeep Singh, for his work on Gaylaxy and significant involvement and leadership in LGBT communities, was conferred with January Marie Lapuz Youth Leadership Award on January 1, 2017 by the South Asian queer organization Sher Vancouver.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nichols, JamesMichael (18 February 2014). "Gaylaxy, Gay Indian Website And E-Zine, Launches Mobile App". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Sharma, Parvati. "Coming out soon". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (11 September 2015). "When Will India Get Its First Lesbian Comic Character?". Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Morgan, Joe (12 January 2015). "India State Plans Official Rehab to 'Cure' Gay Teens". Gay Star News. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael (18 February 2014). "Gaylaxy, Gay Indian Website And E-Zine, Launches Mobile App". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  6. ^ George, Nirmala (1 December 2014). "India's Gay And Lesbian Community Demands End To Discrimination At New Delhi March". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "New Year's Gift: Hindi Edition of LGBT Magazine Launched". The Times of India. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gaylaxy - Mobile App For Gay Community". Deccan Herald. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gaylaxy - Mobile app for gay community". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  10. ^ "New Cellphone App for LGBT Community". The Times of India. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Bhatia, Richa (26 January 2011). "The Digital Afterlife of the Queer". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Shruti Nambiar, "E-zine Expressway", The Indian Express, 16 November 2011
  13. ^ Anna Leach, "Indian T-shirt brand apologies for gay rape joke", Gay Star News, 25 April 2013
  14. ^ "Breaking the closet". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  15. ^ "IIT-D holds DU’s first pride march - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  16. ^ "Varta Article". vartagensex.org. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  17. ^ "Creating safe spaces for LGBTI: Behind Gaylaxy Magazine, India". Navigating LGBTI-friendly spaces in Asia - BE. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  18. ^ "South Asian LGBT magazine founder Sukhdeep Singh receives Sher Vancouver's youth leadership award". Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 

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