LGBTQ students of DU to hold meet today

Six students from Delhi University’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) community will be “coming out”.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 25, 2013 5:49 am

Six students from Delhi University’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) community will be “coming out” to discuss their preferences and experiences in a meet on Friday. This is the first time that gender queer students of DU will be coming together on a platform,provided by the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The idea for the meet was born during an interaction with the group’s mentor and former DU professor Ashley Tellis who has openly said he is gay. Organisers felt that the campus was still “not really safe” to conduct a programme of this sort or even speak openly on the subject.

“Not a lot of people are ready to come out in DU or talk about the LGBTQ community. In fact,there is no community as such because a lot of us don’t really come together,” another organiser said. Though no student party has objected to the meet so far,organisers said they expected some opposition on Friday.

A student preparing to address his counterparts on the complications of being queer said he was looking forward to bringing out the subjectivity and ethics of living as a queer on the campus.

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