Just finished a fabulous article by The Guardian‘s Yuvraj Joshi on the pros and cons of adopting a “Western” approach to same-sex relationships. brought me back to my “Gender, Sexuality & the South Asian Disapora” class from last semester (hands down one of the best courses at UNC…too bad they don’t offer it regularly).
In any event…the points Joshi makes are relevant to any community of color. In a world where “gay” overwhelmingly reads “white” in mainstream society, how do queers of color fit into the picture? Do we demand to be let into the niche that the white LGBTIQ community has created for itself, or do we form our own? How do we represent both “Third World” and queer identities, without letting one subsume the other?