Hinduism Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBTQ Hindu Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders:

ARTICLES

Bhattar, R. and Victoria, N. (2007). Rainbow Rice: A Dialogue between two Asian American Gay Men in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  The Vermont Connection. Vol. 28.

Burlington, VT. http://www.uvm.edu/~vtconn/v28/Bhattar_Victoria.pdf

Cremier, L. (2014). Silences on Hindu lesbian subjectivity.

https://contingenthorizons.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/ch11-31-46-cremier.pdf.

Kannan, S.W. (2011). Living in the shadows: Lesbians in India. Retrieved from: https://www.e-ir.info/2011/08/18/living-in-the-shadows-lesbians-in-india/

Shekar, M. & Venkatachalam, H. (2016). Tradition: Same-sex marriage and Hinduism. In Hinduism Today: https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=5650

Swadhin, A. (2011). Diwali: A time to be merry and gay.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/amita-swadhin/diwali-a-time-to-be-merry_b_1031781.html.

Hindu American Foundation: Hinduism and Homosexuality https://www.hafsite.org/media/pr/haf-policy-brief-hinduism-and-homosexuality

 

BOOKS

Devdutt Pattanaik

I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities. Element. 2017

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077N6V411/r.

Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You. New Delhi: Zubaan Books. 2015. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9383074841/

Gayatri Gopinath

Impossible Desires: Queer Diaspora’s and South Asian Public Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press. 2005.

https://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Desires-Diasporas-Cultures-Modernities-ebook-dp-B00EH BSN8E/dp/B00EHBSN8E

Rakesh Ratti

Lotus Of Another Color: An Unfolding of the South Asian Gay and Lesbian Experience. New York: Alyson Books. 1993.

https://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Another-Color-Unfolding-Experience/dp/1555831710

Ruth Vanita

Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2013.

Maira, Sunaina

Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2002.

https://www.amazon.com/Desis-House-American-Culture-History/dp/1566399270

 

MOVIES

Harjant Gill (2007). Milind Soman Made Me Gay.

https://www.amazon.com/Milind-Soman-Made-Me-Gay/dp/B00B97E19Y

Milind Soman Made Me Gay is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of home and belonging. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life “back home,” are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an ongoing struggle to find a place of belonging.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Hindu American Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/HinduAmerican/

The HAF is a non profit organization headquartered in Washinton, D.C. The HAF has advocated for a mutual respect and understanding of Hindu Americans by promoting accurate portrayals of Hinduism in education and advocating for the rights of Hindu Americans in policy. The HAF has an article written about the importance of addressing the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ identifying individuals from a Hindu perspective and context.

KhushDC

https://khushdc.blogspot.com/

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and additional gender or sexual minority South Asians in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Galva

https://www.galva108.org/

The Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association is an international organization dedicated to providing resources and support to LGBTQ+ Vaishnavas and Hindus and allies. Part of their mission is to spread the teachings of Lord Chaitanya to promote inclusivity and inform audiences of the experiences of those who identify as part of the third sex.

Sadhana

https://www.sadhana.org/

Our LGBTQI Committee has been brainstorming how Sadhana can be a resource and support to LGBTQI Hindus in the United States. We have begun building a database of Hindu mythic stories, sacred scriptures, traditional practices, and academic texts that portray same sex desire as natural and joyful, and that foreground the lives of tritiya prakriti individuals. We are also working on expanding our service to LGBTQI communities by creating a database of

queer-friendly Hindu temples and spaces, priests eager to perform same-sex marriages, and queer community centers for people of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean descent.

SALGA-NYC

http://www.salganyc.org/

SALGA-NYC serves to promote awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and safe inclusive spaces for people of all sexual and gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.

Satrang

http://satrang.org/

Satrang serves the South Asian LGBT*Q community by promoting awareness, acceptance, and empowerment through social, educational, and advocacy-related events. We envision an inclusive and visible community in which South Asian LGBTQ-identified people feel whole and heard.

Trikone

http://www.trikone.org/

Trikone is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of South Asian descent, who trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the oldest group of its kind in the world.