Joshua Muyiwa is a writer and poet. He currently writes a weekly column titled “Gazing Outwards” for the Bangalore Mirror, a city newspaper on issues of race, sexuality, police violence and change in the city of Bangalore in India.
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Hello? How Can I Help You Today? : Mental Health concerns for LGBTQIA+ people during Covid-19
LGBTQIA+ people are often already isolated, invisibilised in their families and sometimes also facing abuse. In this article, mental health professionals speak about the vulnerability of these groups and people during the lockdown and how fragile links of community and support are still being built.
Who Run The Instagram Live? Girls!
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays during the bubonic plague, and now women and queer artists use the internet and social media to open up spaces for marginalised communities and bodies.
No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth
The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.
Queerness and Privacy: Baby I Love It When You Never Hold Back From Me
What is the social and cultural understanding of privacy? In the wake of the judgments on decriminalising homosexuality and assuring people of their right to privacy, one writer ponders on the value of privacy in relation to the lived realities of queer and gay people.