Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India


Editors: Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan

9789382579519 | PB | pp. 320 | 2005 | Yoda Press

This book with 27 articles remains the first organised literary effort on the part of the gay community to assert itself in a world which still sees same-sex love as queer. The contributors to the anthology come from within the gay community, and hail from distant corners of the country.

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Because I have a Voice lends voice to 27 writers, as they articulate their thoughts, and share their unique personal experience of activism and of being queer.

The introduction to the book offers a preliminary understanding and an open-ended illustrative list of who queer people might be: Hijras, Kothis, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons, and more. And while each essay that follows could be read as a stand-alone piece – randomly – there is a clear pattern to the book. The 278 pages long book is divided into 27 essays, arranged in three different parts. The first sets out conceptual approaches to sexuality as a form of politics, a lot of which later resurfaces as illustrations in stories of struggle – in the second part. The third part is a collection of personal narratives,

Extract from this review by Sumit Baudh

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About the Contributors:

Arvind Narrain is an advocate and founder member of the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore. He is the author of Queer: Despised Sexuality, Law and Social Change. In addition to this book, he has also co-edited Law Like Love with Alok Gupta. Arvind was one of the team of lawyers representing those who challenged Section 377 both in the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India.

Gautam teaches housing, planning, inequality and urban theory at IIHS. He is most recently the co-editor of Routledge Companion to Planning the Global South (Routledge), and author of In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi (Orient Blackswan/University of Georgia Press).


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