It's not often you get asked to guest edit something, especially a zine COMPLETELY dedicated to the queer South Asian experience. To say I felt like Meghan Markle being asked to edit The September Issue of Vogue is an understatement.
I'm so grateful to The Rights Collective for inviting us to do so; they do such brilliant work to tackle gender inequality and I've long believed that feminism and LGBTQ rights are inextricably intertwined.
Our combined passion was sharing the stories of South Asian diaspora, and celebrating the queer South Asian community both here and abroad in this issue. Given it's LGBT History Month (just!), we wanted to shine a light on the people and stories that deserve to be heard. Plus my Mum contributed to it too, isn't that fucking brilliant owat? (given how my coming out journey started).
Stories and art have the power to shift something in people's hearts and minds. They connect with us in a way that facts and figures can't. Reading these personal stories again and again, I couldn't help but be touched by these incredible people who navigate our dual identities across sexuality, race and culture.
A huge thank you to all the contributors (both the writers and artists) who were kind enough to share their talent and skills to support this zine. It wouldn't have been possible without them. And a massive shout out to our designer who created magic ✨, Jayesh Patil.
Have a read of the full zine here.