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Queering Desi

Queering Desi

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Queering Desi
Queering Desi

Queering Desi

Queering Desi

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Queering Desi is a podcast that celebrates the unique experiences of South Asian LGBTQ+ people. Each week, a guest will chat with long-time community activist and writer, Priya Arora, about their journey and what it means to be true to who you are.To help us share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual, this podcast aims to be a breeding ground for discussion and a platform for being loud and proud, no matter who you are!(Production: Precision Podcasting; Music: Chetan Davdra; Art: Fatemah Baig)

Latest Episodes

YaliniDream

On the season finale of Queering Desi, Priya chats with YaliniDream, a Ilankai Tamil Blood, Manchester-Born, Texas-Bred and Brooklyn-Brewed storyteller and spiritual creator who blends poetry, theater, dance and song, with expertise in integrating arts and organizing. Yalini shares their inspiration for the work they do, and how they see it as a facilitation between the Earth and Sky. They talk about their early experiences around faith and intangible forces, and how the pressure to assimilate impacted them. Yalini also talks about ancestral trauma how their ability to connect with the power of ancestors helped them recognize the colorism, racism and social conditioning that impacted them. Priya asks how queerness and sexuality intersected with Yalini's journey, and Yalini talks about being able to be present with their own desires. Later, Yalini shares advice for her younger self and Priya and Yalini delve into the casteism and anti-blackness rampant in the South Asian community.

73 MINAUG 22
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YaliniDream

Sundeep Morrison

On this episode, Priya talks to Sundeep Morrison, a queer Punjabi Sikh writer, actress, director, author and activist. Priya asks Sundeep about what drives her art, and Sundeep shares her experience with the Oak Creek shooting. The two chat about the aftermath, and the ways that racism still affects them post-9/11. Sundeep shares how she turned this story into "Rag Head," her one woman show, and her connection to the Sikh faith. The two then talk about their experiences with gender and sexuality in South Asian spaces and not feeling "queer" enough. Later, they talk about spirituality, and the perpetuation of patriarchal structures in religious spaces. [Content warning: This episode mentions assault around the 25:40 mark.] Don't forget to tune in to Sundeep's radio show, Deep Talks, every Wednesday at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific (followed by Queering Desi at 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific) on Rukus Avenue Radio (http://www.rukusavenueradio.com/) . You can follow Sundeep on Instagram (@sundeepmo...

33 MINAUG 9
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Sundeep Morrison

Sikh Knowledge

EThis week on #QueeringDesi, we welcome Sikh Knowledge!

39 MINJUL 11
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Sikh Knowledge

Charmaine Hussain

This week, Priya chats with Charmaine Hussain about her experience as the mom of a queer and trans teenager.

53 MINJUN 27
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Charmaine Hussain

Sameer Jha

This week, Priya chats with Sameer Jha about their journey as a queer and trans youth activist.

51 MINJUN 27
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Sameer Jha

Raj Kalra

In this episode, Priya chats with Raj Kalra and talks all things weddings and parenting: sides of South Asian LGBTQ lives that we don't often see.

51 MINJUN 20
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Raj Kalra

Vishaal Reddy

In this episode, Priya chats with Vishaal Reddy, an actor, writer and producer. Vishaal is also the star and creator of the new limited series, "Insomnia," about a bisexual Indian man who moonlights as an escort.

38 MINJUN 13
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Vishaal Reddy

Fatimah Asghar

In this episode, Priya chats with Fatimah Asghar, a poet, filmmaker, educator and performer.

27 MINJUN 2
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Fatimah Asghar

Breaking Bread with Nik Sharma

In this week's episode, Priya talks to Nik Sharma, the writer, photographer, and food blogger behind A Brown Table. The two chat about Nik's early beginnings growing up in a bicultural household in India, from how he found his love for cooking to startinghis own blog and switching careers. Nik shares the racism he faced through the early days of his blog, and how these experiences impacted him. Later, he talks about coming out as a gay man, representation, and how his identities influence his work. Finally, Priya asks Nik about his favorite foods, tips for whipping up a meal with whatever's left in the fridge, and his favorite recipes from his new cookbook, Season.

47 MINFEB 28
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Breaking Bread with Nik Sharma

Queering Bollywood with Shelly Chopra Dhar

This week, Priya chats with Shelly Chopra Dhar, director andco-screenwriter of the new Bollywood film, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga,” Bollywood’s first mainstream queer love story since “Fire.”The two talk extensively about the film, from what it was like to cast the film to the lukewarm box office response in India, and why we didn't see more of Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) and Kuhu's (Regina Cassandra) relationship on screen. Shelly talks about her intended audience, and Priya even asks about the male savior trope in the story. Later, Shelly talks about her experience as the parent of a queer child and shares advice for other parents.

34 MINFEB 13
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Queering Bollywood with Shelly Chopra Dhar

Latest Episodes

YaliniDream

On the season finale of Queering Desi, Priya chats with YaliniDream, a Ilankai Tamil Blood, Manchester-Born, Texas-Bred and Brooklyn-Brewed storyteller and spiritual creator who blends poetry, theater, dance and song, with expertise in integrating arts and organizing. Yalini shares their inspiration for the work they do, and how they see it as a facilitation between the Earth and Sky. They talk about their early experiences around faith and intangible forces, and how the pressure to assimilate impacted them. Yalini also talks about ancestral trauma how their ability to connect with the power of ancestors helped them recognize the colorism, racism and social conditioning that impacted them. Priya asks how queerness and sexuality intersected with Yalini's journey, and Yalini talks about being able to be present with their own desires. Later, Yalini shares advice for her younger self and Priya and Yalini delve into the casteism and anti-blackness rampant in the South Asian community.

73 MINAUG 22
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YaliniDream

Sundeep Morrison

On this episode, Priya talks to Sundeep Morrison, a queer Punjabi Sikh writer, actress, director, author and activist. Priya asks Sundeep about what drives her art, and Sundeep shares her experience with the Oak Creek shooting. The two chat about the aftermath, and the ways that racism still affects them post-9/11. Sundeep shares how she turned this story into "Rag Head," her one woman show, and her connection to the Sikh faith. The two then talk about their experiences with gender and sexuality in South Asian spaces and not feeling "queer" enough. Later, they talk about spirituality, and the perpetuation of patriarchal structures in religious spaces. [Content warning: This episode mentions assault around the 25:40 mark.] Don't forget to tune in to Sundeep's radio show, Deep Talks, every Wednesday at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific (followed by Queering Desi at 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific) on Rukus Avenue Radio (http://www.rukusavenueradio.com/) . You can follow Sundeep on Instagram (@sundeepmo...

33 MINAUG 9
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Sundeep Morrison

Sikh Knowledge

EThis week on #QueeringDesi, we welcome Sikh Knowledge!

39 MINJUL 11
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Sikh Knowledge

Charmaine Hussain

This week, Priya chats with Charmaine Hussain about her experience as the mom of a queer and trans teenager.

53 MINJUN 27
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Charmaine Hussain

Sameer Jha

This week, Priya chats with Sameer Jha about their journey as a queer and trans youth activist.

51 MINJUN 27
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Sameer Jha

Raj Kalra

In this episode, Priya chats with Raj Kalra and talks all things weddings and parenting: sides of South Asian LGBTQ lives that we don't often see.

51 MINJUN 20
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Raj Kalra

Vishaal Reddy

In this episode, Priya chats with Vishaal Reddy, an actor, writer and producer. Vishaal is also the star and creator of the new limited series, "Insomnia," about a bisexual Indian man who moonlights as an escort.

38 MINJUN 13
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Vishaal Reddy

Fatimah Asghar

In this episode, Priya chats with Fatimah Asghar, a poet, filmmaker, educator and performer.

27 MINJUN 2
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Fatimah Asghar

Breaking Bread with Nik Sharma

In this week's episode, Priya talks to Nik Sharma, the writer, photographer, and food blogger behind A Brown Table. The two chat about Nik's early beginnings growing up in a bicultural household in India, from how he found his love for cooking to startinghis own blog and switching careers. Nik shares the racism he faced through the early days of his blog, and how these experiences impacted him. Later, he talks about coming out as a gay man, representation, and how his identities influence his work. Finally, Priya asks Nik about his favorite foods, tips for whipping up a meal with whatever's left in the fridge, and his favorite recipes from his new cookbook, Season.

47 MINFEB 28
Comments
Breaking Bread with Nik Sharma

Queering Bollywood with Shelly Chopra Dhar

This week, Priya chats with Shelly Chopra Dhar, director andco-screenwriter of the new Bollywood film, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga,” Bollywood’s first mainstream queer love story since “Fire.”The two talk extensively about the film, from what it was like to cast the film to the lukewarm box office response in India, and why we didn't see more of Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) and Kuhu's (Regina Cassandra) relationship on screen. Shelly talks about her intended audience, and Priya even asks about the male savior trope in the story. Later, Shelly talks about her experience as the parent of a queer child and shares advice for other parents.

34 MINFEB 13
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Queering Bollywood with Shelly Chopra Dhar
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