Abha Talesara, 25, often draws uncomfortable stares when she raises questions on queer issues at public events.
Now, the independent filmmaker will have a space where confronting such issues will not be taboo. The city’s first book club for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community will launch on March 4.
“Though it is easier to discuss issues concerning the LGBT community amongst few friends, there is no formal space in the city to discuss queer literature,” said Talesara, who has registered for the Queer-INK Book Club that will provide a platform for book lovers to discuss their favourite authors and books.
Launched by Queer-INK, the country’s first e-store selling queer books, the club members will meet every fortnight. “We intend to look at non-mainstream issues and facilitate interactions on genres such as the history of queer life, erotica and queer lingo,” said Shobhna Kumar, founder, Queer-INK.
“We will mutually decide the names of authors and books to be discussed in the forthcoming week. This will make the meetings more interactive and help us promote reading as a habit within the community,” Kumar added. “The book club is open to everyone. Involving people from all communities will give us new perspectives,” said Talesara.
In its inaugural meeting, the members will discuss Ismat Chugtai’s short story, ‘Lihaaf’. In the other sessions, they plan to invite the authors of the books. “If they are not in the city, we will make use of video conferencing.,” said Kumar.
To register, contact Shobhna Kumar on 9821730721 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.