When you’re queer and out of the closet, sometimes people come to you with the strangest questions. And while these questions can be irritating – intrusive even – there are times when they can also be great teachable moments, by breaking the silence, breaking a barrier that divides misconception from understanding, fear from acceptance.
And that’s exactly what the new animated film produced by Gaysi Family is doing.
Told through a series of exchanges between the main character Aarti, and everyone from her family, to neighbours, to random biker dude, the film covers a lot of things that people want to know about lesbian women (or queer people in general).
And what’s even more satisfying about the video is that it comes out of a collaboration between queer people. Lending voices to some of the characters is LGBTQ-rights activist Harish Iyer, who last month challenged a ridiculous New Year’s Eve ban on gay men entering a Mumbai bar. The film itself is the outcome of several interactions with queer women.
“It is imperative that we tell our stories fearlessly and fiercely,” says Dease.
So here’s to more stories!
Psst! Check out our FAQueer Series on the things that LGBTQ people often get asked, and the searing, funny, thought provoking replies!