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Celina re-launches India's
first registered Gay magazine called 'Bombay Dost'
Gorgeous Celina Jaitly,
who has always vociferously campaigned for the rights of the gay community, once
again proved her commitment towards this cause when she re-launched India's
first registered Gay magazine called 'Bombay Dost' at Oxford Bookstore,
Churchgate last evening.
The host of the evening, Vivek Raj Anand (CEO of Humsafar Trust) spoke about how
it was an overwhelming moment for the entire community as the defunct magazine
was being re-launched in a bigger and bolder avatar after 7 long years. He also
thanked Celina for being one of those rare angels who has always been ready to
openly embrace the community's issues and help them in every possible way.
The founding editor Ashok Row Kavi spoke about how the magazine had people from
every strata of the society relating to it and how they had responses from as
far as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Celina herself passionately spoke about not considering this as a charitable
act. She elaborated on how this is a human right for every individual and made
it clear that gays deserved not just acceptance but also the love and compassion
of everyone. She even generously volunteered to help the trust with her own
finances until they could find more sponsors.
The event came to a close after Celina and the other guests interacted with the
DARPAN, January - March
2000 The Lesbigay Mirror to the World
DARPAN, meaning 'Aaina' is the Gay Mirror to the
World, at least where Delhi is concerned. This is the only Gay Publication in
the capital and is a great effort to encompass all things quintessentially GAY
in Delhi, in the printed form. It's available at the People Tree Bookshop
(Delhi's alternative Book Store), 8 Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi
110 001 and also at the NAZ offices located at
D-45, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi. The new, current issue is
available there (January 2000). Suggested donation is Rs. 40 though any
extra contributions will be welcome and will be well
On opening the 24 page issue, on is confronted with a
pleasant gray and black layout which makes for easy reading. The editor's note
is well written, highlighting the Gay issues that need to be addressed, Fag Gag
is a great piece which had me in splits with it's sarcastic sense of humour
though the Net Watch page nearly caused an epileptic fit; for God's sake, they
had the Gay Delhi website address WRONG! Absolutely unpardonable!
The article on Elton John and also the fashion report
were, unfortunately, disappointing. They seemed to be taken straight from some
firangi magazine and planted in Darpan just to fill the pages. This is supposed
to be a Delhi/India gay magazine so let's concentrate on articles which deal
with us, please.
Gay Literature was thoughtful and informative, giving
reviews of Gay and Lesbian Writings by self identified Gay men; the issue paper
highlighted the Mamta/Monalisa suicides in Orissa but the Sex, Saran and
Videotape article was unnecessary...it's been done to death in all the national
press and to read yet another interview with the filmmaker is definitely pushing
it. The subheading in the International Gay Tribune page, entitled, 'Media
Saran' would have sufficed instead of the two page article on the movie, 'Summer
in my Veins'.
Ports of Support, giving detailed listing of all the
Gay/Bi/Lesbian organisations in India is an excellent resource page and Judicial
Aids and Safe Play are well written articles providing much needed
In conclusion, one has to say that it is a fantastic
effort by a dedicated team of people and the magazine is definitely worth
I end this review by quoting Darpan on Darpan, "It has
been called the single most irregular magazine. And unfortunately, we agree. All
that we can say or do at this time, is take a pledge. We will be out every
quarter of every year for all time to come, so help us Lord.
While the pressure for gay men marry is
a universal one, the weight of that pressure in india, where tradition is
entrenched, disobeying the wishes of your parents-even if you are an
adult-is akin to revolution.
Above: Though most Gay men and Lesbians keep low profiles, several
came out for this 1998 issue of Tetu Magazine but the article is
in French and magazine was only distributed in France.
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