Xukia launches Assam’s first LGBTQI (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer-intersexed) multilingual publication
Xukia-a collective and network consisting of queer and feminist individuals in Assam proudly announces the launch of the first ever multilingual LGBTQI publication in the state. The publication which is named “The Forbidden: ek xukia dristanto”, aims to provide a platform for those voices that get suppressed amidst a prioritization and hierarchy of other issues.
Apart from public demonstrations, followed by two Pride Parades (2014 &2015), a Film Festival in August 2014, Xukia as a network and collective of Queer identified as well as allies has been continuously in an attempt to reach out more to the community and build up a queer discourse and vocabulary in Assam and the northeast. While public protest is much needed, Xukia realizes that given the trivialization of queer issues in academia and otherwise in the northeast and elsewhere, a writing space/forum is equally important.
The publication is one of the initial efforts and in doing so, it puts forward a range of articles (academic as well as non-academic), poems, coming out stories, personal accounts, individual quotes and FAQ’s. These pieces traverse from poignant narratives of individuals from and outside the community, fiction writing to extremely radical commentary on the legal apparatus to the trajectory of the movement itself.
It is important to mention here that being the first queer publication in Assam, it was also difficult to receive writeup’s given the apprehension and some level of uncertainty and curiosity. Different writings brought in different ideological standpoints that complement and challenge each other opening up spaces to think, reflect and discuss.
The Forbidden: ek xukia dristanto is currently available in the districts of Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia, Sibasagar, Dhubri, Barak Valley along with Kamrup Metro. The publication is also available in an e-copy version and can be downloaded from the network’s website (www.xukia.in).