|Smt. Vanathi Srinivasan BJP Launching the book & Writer Aravindan Neelakandan receiving the 1st copy.
|Ms. Vanathi Srinivasan, the state secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party launched first book on Gendervariants, Genderqueer, LGBTQIA on 14th July, 2014, Time 11:00am at The Sixth Hindu Spiritual Service Foundation’s Service Fair in Chennai. First copy of the book was received by Writer Aravindan Neelakandan.
Gopi Shankar of Srishti Madurai received “Young Hindhu of the year 2014” for his work in LGBTQI & Genderqueer community in Tamil Nadu presented to him by Sakitya Academi Award winner Novelist Joe D Cruz organised by http://www.tamilhindu.com at 6th Hindu Spiritual Services Fair 2014, Chennai.
Vanathi Srinivasan, is a lawyer, she said that she understood that the LGBT and Genderqueer community went through a lot of suffering
|Sakithya Academi Awardee Joe D Cruz presenting the award to Gopi Shankar
and ostracism and that the phenomena of homosexuality and intersex issues were only natural. We now need to move beyond discussing their existence to solving their problems, one needs to move beyond a closed mindset and realize that they are also human-beings.
The BJP’s stand on Section 377 is different from hers, Vanathi Srinivasan says that nobody from the party stopped her from going. “I don’t believe my party functions with a closed mindset,” says Vanathi Srinivasan.
Many leaders in the BJP have been known to support IPC 377. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the BJP President, was quoted as having said in December 2013, “We will state (at an all-party meeting if it is called) that we support Section 377 because we believe that homosexuality is an unnatural act and cannot be supported.” He said that his party unambiguously supported the re-criminalization of gay sex. Spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had equated homosexuality with Western society.
Vanathi Srinivasan is a BJP leader who believes in inclusion, there are other leaders in the party with the same mindset. But they mostly remain an exception in a party that has either opposed homosexuality or chosen to remain ambiguous.
The book, titled “Maraikappata Pakkangal (Hidden Pages)”, is the first book on Gendervariants in Tamil penned by Gopi Shankar of Srishti Madurai. Shankar is the youngest panelist to share chair in University Grants Commission and Indian Council for Social Sciences Research sponsored national seminars where he conducted more than 80 Seminars on gender and sexuality. He also organized Asia’s first Genderqueer Pride Parade in 2012. This book is a scientific, sociological, anthropological, psycho analytical, religious, philosophical and political take on gender. There is scattered information on these genders variants, but no authoritative book so far. Certain interviews of controversial people are also present in the book. This book also interprets references to alternative genders in Hindu mythology, Quran and Bible.
Srishti Madurai was initiated by college-going students, and it is one of the inclusive groups of its kind which has involved academicians, Independent scholars, Human rights activist, Environmentalists, Animal rights activists and genderqueer activists on a common platform.