What You Can Do To Support Your Queer Friends And Family Members

Posted on November 19, 2016 in Cake, Cake News, LGBTQ

Just over a week before folks in New Delhi march in the annual Queer Pride Parade, Cake hosted its second ever Twitter chat to talk about celebrating queerness, issues related to public spaces, and inclusiveness. We were joined by the organizers of Delhi Queer Pride, queer media and resource groups, noted activist Harish Iyer, members of the Indian LGBTQ community and allies of the movement, for a full hour of conversation about accessibility, intersectionality, and more. One of the questions we asked was:

The queer community in India faces multiple forms of marginalization. An earlier survey showed that gay Indian men who had access to personal support systems actually enjoyed a greater degree of safety. And this is true for all queer identities. But support also goes a long way in affirming one’s identity, and creating a sense of collective strength. And these Twitter users had a lot to say about how to build that crucial system.

Both queer Indians and straight allies emphasized the importance of keeping lines of communication open:

The issue of queer erasure – by willful neglect, or just laziness – also had to be challenged:

And a good way of responding to erasure is this:

While some recommended changes on a larger structural level:

Others had tips for making our everyday interactions more sensitive:

Another important reminder was to break down imagined boundaries:

Several other really cool things came up during the chat, like the fact that Bangalore Pride will be disability-friendly this year, or that more and more Indian cities are now organizing Pride Parades. It also raised several important tips for straight allies, and newcomers at Pride events. The chat ended on a bright note, now that we’re all armed with more evolving and nuanced perspectives, just in time for Delhi’s ninth annual Pride march on November 27, 2016.