Meghna Chatterjee

Meghna (she/her) is a 20-year-old writer with a penchant for queer rights activism. She recently completed her Bachelor's degree in English, and often be found nursing her literary whims when she's meant to do something more important.

Pride Archive: A Chronicle of Queer History and the Birth of Pride Month

“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us”  – Marsha P. Johnson Pride Month has been celebrated across the globe for several decades now. Every year in June, parades and revelry take to the streets, voices turned high in a celebration of love. Pride however, was born not out of love, …

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‘The Crimson Project’, and the battle against menstrual taboo

The taboo surrounding menstrual hygiene hangs like a dark cloud above India’s head. Sedimentation of generations’ worth of myth, superstition and a general dearth of awareness, specifically in the country’s rural corners, has shrouded the idea of menstruation in societal shame. In an attempt to battle such stereotypes, Enactus SVC took to the streets to …

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Queer Conversion Therapy in India- Inception and Aftermath

Even today, conversion therapy is largely used on queer people to, as the urban lingo goes, ‘pray the gay away.’ Quite simply put, ‘queer conversion therapies’ are pseudoscientific practices used to try and change one’s sexual or gender orientation. Stemming from largely homophobic ideals, these ‘therapies’ include psychological, spiritual and physical interventions, always to the detriment to …

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Lesbian Pulp Fiction and the Art of Looking

Nearly 80 years after the demise of the genre, the lesbian pulp fiction phenomenon that gripped the mid-20th century seems now both ridiculous and sad. The overbearing melodrama of the novels, rife with love, heartbreak and reconciliations, appear almost comical in retrospect. However, the thought of these women-centric novels being written for a largely male …

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La Manif Pour Tous: the French rage against artificial reproduction for non-heterosexual families

The group had initially emerged as a collective protest against the French law supporting same-sex marriage in the year 2012. In the first year, about 200,000 people gathered to protest against the Taubira Law that opened marriage for same-sex couples. The number quickly escalated to a million in the following year. The demonstration had support from most …

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Sex Workers in the Era of a Nationwide Lockdown

For several months now, a strange stillness seems to have gripped the red-light areas in India. While the maxi-clad women still hang about doors, ready to beckon customers in, their gazes now, are barely met and remain unreciprocated. Ever since the government declared a complete and unprecedented lockdown in the month of March, the unemployment …

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