Gender Diversity

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Falling in love (with myself)

Sexual Diversity
‘Waking up to messages like, ‘Hey, beautiful’, and being stared at during video calls, even when I’m not wearing kajal, made me fall in love with myself a little more... When you live with a disability, you want to be with someone who loves you with your disability, not in spite of it,’ says Sweta, as she shares her story with Rising Flame.

Crossdressing: Top facts

Sexual Diversity
‘She is a tomboy. Always dresses up like a man'. ‘Long hair, nail paints and a nose ring on a man?’ Why do people of one gender like to dress up in clothes that are socially not deemed fit for their gender. This is called crossdressing. Let’s find out more about it!

'Roommates are like couples'

Sexual Diversity
When Parth left his home to study engineering, he was apprehensive about who his roommate would be in the hostel. His father convinced him that roommates are like couples. What happens when he gets stuck in that situation literally?

Life still very hard for LGBTQIA+ community

Sexual Diversity
It has been close to two years since homosexuality was declared legal in India. Life is still hard for couples from the LGBTQIA+ community, as they do not enjoy the same rights and freedoms as their heterosexual counterparts. Let’s see what these challenges are:

I have a gender-neutral bathroom in my office!

Sexual Diversity
When Sonal, a transwoman, shifted to Bangalore and joined a new company, little did she know that her HR would not only help her find a home to stay in but also make sure she has a gender neutral bathroom to use. She bagged a job at the LGBTQ sensitive workplace through the RISE job fair and shares her story with Love Matters.

I wasn’t allowed in because of my clothes

Sexual Diversity
Rajneesh was turned away from his favourite pub because he chose to wear a dress. It made him feel horrible and he could not take the humiliation. Rajneesh tells Love Matters India how Abhi helped him cope by just listening to him patiently.

I look like my mother when I become ‘Shabnam’

Sexual Diversity
Nitish’s mother loved playing with him when he dressed up in her saree. Today, when he becomes the drag queen ‘Shabnam’, he feels she is by his side and will always be.

The day I wore a saree

Sexual Diversity
*Anshuman wanted to follow his heart when deciding what to wear for his college farewell. He shares that bitter-sweet memory with Love Matters India.