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Let’s celebrate a queer theology for everyone!

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 27, 2019   /  03:22 pm
Let’s celebrate a queer theology for everyone! Dance maestro: Seasoned dancer Didik Nini Thowok performs during his show titled Dua Wajah: Tradisi Peran di Istana dan Masyarakat (Two Faces: Roles Tradition in the Palace and Society) at Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Jakarta. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

Commercials — don’t you just hate them? They are often so clichéd and trite. But in India, there is one commercial that is inspiring and questions gender social constructs. It starts with a teenage girl on a bus, wondering if her mother would be disappointed if she became a lawyer instead of a doctor. At the age of 4, the girl’s biological mother died and she was adopted by her current mother, who brought her up with a lot of love and care. They are also the best of friends. The camera pans to the mother sitting beside her: she is a transgender woman. The 2017 Vicks Vaporub #TouchOfCare commercial is based on the real-life story of Gauri Sawant, a transgender activist from Mumbai who, in 2000, founded the Sakshi Char Chowghi Trust that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She adopted a girl named Gayatri, whose biological mother was ...

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