GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - The Alumni Association of the Department of Women’s Studies, Gauhati University, organised a screening of the movie Out North: MNLGBTQ History on Wednesday. The film is the first ever full length movie to document and honour Minnesota’s LGBTQ history. The movie lifts up the stories of well known and largely unknown Minnesotans who spoke up when it was a tremendous risk to do so.
Screening of the film was followed by an interactive session with Milin Dutta, LGBTQ activist and also the Trans Council Member of Minnesota, the USA.
Speaking after the screening, Dutta spoke about the consciousness and dedication of the people of Minnesota. Pointing out the importance of active community participation on the LGBTQ issues, he talked about the significance of acceptance. He further stressed the importance of family support, citing examples from his personal experiences.
According to Sister Prema, an organised LGBTQ community is missing in Guwahati. Recognising and accepting the LGBTQ community with compassion is crucial, she said.
Samuel, coordinator for the project ‘Love Guwahati’ under the Assam Baptist Convention, spoke about the marginalised LGBTQ community in the city and how they have been forced to take up begging, sex trade, dancing during child birth, etc. for their living.