Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace
Author: Parmesh Shahani
9789389648140 | HB | pp. 336 | 2020 | Westland Publications
In Queeristan Parmesh puts together a compelling narrative of the Queer space in India drawing on his own experiences, accounts of his acquaintances from the LGBTQIA+ community and from various other sources such as articles, books, movies, research studies, and reports.
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“Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace is a corporate guide sprinkled with real-life instances, part memoir-part-travelogue style, for the corporates of the country.”
In this path-breaking and genre-defying book, the author, Parmesh Shahani, vice president at Godrej Industries Ltd., draws from his decade-long journey in the corporate world as an out and proud gay man, to make a cogent case for LGBTQ inclusion and lay down a step-by-step guide to reshaping office culture in India. He talks to inclusion champions and business leaders about how they worked towards change; traces the benefits reaped by industry giants like Godrej, Tata Steel, IBM, Wipro, the Lalit group of hotels and many others who have tapped into the power of diversity; and shares the stories of employees whose lives were revolutionised by LGBTQ-friendly workspaces.
Shahani animates the data and strategy with intimate stories of love and family. Even as it becomes an expansive reference book of history, literature, cinema, movements, institutions and icons of the LGBTQ community, Queeristan drives home a singular point—in diversity and inclusion lies the promise of an equitable and profitable future, for companies, their employees and the society at large.
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About the Editor
The author is Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. and the founder of the award winning Godrej India Culture Lab (indiaculturelab.org). He is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India and has guided many of the country’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys. He is a member of the FICCI taskforce on diversity and inclusion and a board member of Khoj International Artists’ Association.
He holds an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. He has been a TED Senior Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Learn more about him on his website www.parmesh.net.
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