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From:eesh0130
Date:March 13th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
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1. Are any of you "out" to your family? What were their reactions? Or do you try to keep things on the down low as much as possible?

yes. at first the father thought i was sick and the mother thought i was goin through a phase. then they educated themselves and i had a chance to talk to my mother at length about queer/trans issues, so now they're more accepting. my father is still confused about anything non-hetero and i don't think he even has the language to begin discussing this with me. i think my mother still wants me to be straight coz now she's concerned for my safety. my sisters are cool, but still require time to realize that they can't go around making homophobic and transphobic comments..(anymore..?)

2. Is there a queer community where you live? Is it an ethnic one? Do you feel you fit in?

um, there's a queer people of colour community where i live, and i live with a couple queer people with south asian backgrounds. i've started feeling comfortable in this community but i don't fit in entirely because i don't know how much a 'desi' community includes people from the indentured labourer diaspora, i.e. brown people from the west indies, mauritius, etc. so i'm still looking for a queer west indian community.

hope this helps.
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From:cicatricex2
Date:March 15th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
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that's interesting. I haven't met very many people of the disaspora brown varity so I haven't even considered what it's like for them queer wise among other south asians...hmmm

thanks :)
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