Keep­ing it Queer!

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TO CEL­E­BRATE the life and jour­neys of the In­dian LGBTQ com­mu­nity, In­dus Vox Me­dia, which was launched by Amit Doshi in March 2015, has con­cep­tu­alised a pod­cast, ti­tled, Keep­ing it Queer. Five in­flu­en­tial peo­ple with dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this pod­cast, dish­ing out their quirky ex­pe­ri­ences on the com­mon theme of grow­ing up queer in In­dia. While some faced ho­mo­pho­bia, re­jec­tion and so­ci­etal pres­sure, oth­ers met with warmth and un­der­stand­ing. The show is hosted by co­me­dian Navin Noronha and has ac­tivist Har­ish Iyer as its first guest. Har­ish, known for his out­spo­ken views on hu­man rights is­sues, seems to be the show’s ideal choice as the open­ing man. The re­main­ing four guests on the pod­cast in­clude bi-sex­ual ac­tivist Sonal Giani, film­maker Srid­har Ran­gayan, gay rights ad­vo­cate Vivek Patil and trans­gen­der rights ac­tivist Urmi Ja­dav. This show cer­tainly takes for­ward the vi­sion of the net­work to dis­rupt and pop­u­late the oth­er­wise limited au­dio talk con­tent in the coun­try. No won­der, in less than a year since its in­cep­tion, it has grown to be­come In­dia’s largest pod­cast net­work and an in­dus­try model for dig­i­tal au­dio con­tent, what with their quirky and ur­ban au­dio con­tent. We like!

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