VOGUE India

Beneath the heteronormative mainstream of India’s cultural landscape lies a thriving queer community that’s alive with pride and promise. And Vogue India's August issue takes a peek behind the curtain of convention to spotlight the country's LGBTQ+ community. Suruj Rajkhowa and Yaikhom Sushiel talk about transforming into their glamorous drag alter egos when they perform. Tanisha RK, a polyamorous Bahujan and co-founder of a pleasure store, explores alternative ways of living and loving. The Aravani Art Project fights the stigma and systemic inequality faced by the transgender community in India through the reclamation of open spaces. India’s first transgender football team from Manipur challenges the archaic practice of binaries in sport. Designer Zain Ali’s photoessays bring a fresh sense of timing, framing and narrative on how male intimacy is communicated. And queer models Anjali Lama, Kiran Varghese and Anoushka Virk trace their journeys that began in front of fashion’s flashing lights. Plus, a focus on genderless dressing, a very special conversation between poet-performer ALOK and designer Manish Arora, and an in-depth look at the work of legendary queer photographer Sunil Gupta ahead of his first show in India in ten years.

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