links for 2010-05-08

  • "Historically, within the South Asian cultural context, gender and sexuality have often been represented as more fluid. But something about the transnational circulation of the idea of "coming out" seems to be understood to be in opposition to the South Asian identity and sense of community. This is not to depict South Asians as uniquely more homophobic than other cultural groups or on the other hand to deny that homophobia related violence is endemic in the South Asian community. But homophobia cannot be understood without taking into consideration the long trajectory of violent historical events such as colonization, displacement, migration and assimilation that resulted in the creation of a very powerful sense of community. This sense of community has served to unite South Asians internationally, but has also functioned to silence those that lie in the periphery. "