Thoughts — LGBTQIA+

Your First Relationship ≠ Your Last

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Your First Relationship ≠ Your Last

Think about your first relationship, the very first time you fell in love. How did it feel? For many of us, our first relationship may have started back in the fresh, first days of college (or maybe even during adolescence). The stolen glances, the secret hand-holding, maybe meeting each other during the lunch break, sometimes saving a seat for your partner, the butterflies, the joy over tiny (but thoughtful) acts, these are just some of the common memories that people may have. For many, being in love for the first time is usually associated with feelings of excitement, pleasure, elation...

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Leaving The Closet?

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Awareness

Leaving The Closet?

  Things to think about before making up your mind. Coming out and living openly aren’t something you do once, or even for a particular amount of time. It’s a journey that we make every single day of our lives. Every coming out experience is unique and must be navigated in the most comfortable way for your own self. Whether it’s for the first time ever or the first time today, coming out can be difficult and isn’t always simple. Throughout the coming out process, many people feel a combination of emotions ranging from scared, confused, vulnerable, and uncertain, to...

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Voices of Pride: Aniruddha's Journey

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Voices of Pride: Aniruddha's Journey

I met my mother thirty-three years ago, in the closed ward of a maternity clinic hidden away in one of Bombay’s many suburbs (the only one without a train station to its name, governed by two defunct political bodies, a local slumlord and a seedy bar.) It was an ordinary sort of day, and the morning newspapers reported nothing interesting – a slight surge in the steadily decreasing share market, the birth of an ageing actress’s secret seven-pound love child and the predictable death of an unscrupulous MLA suffering from pneumonia. Everything would change shortly after. I came out, bawling;...

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Voices of Pride: Soham’s Journey

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Voices of Pride: Soham’s Journey

Being queer is beautiful. Being queer is liberating. But it wasn’t always this way for me. When I first started to realise that I might be queer, my initial thoughts were scary. I didn’t know what to do with all these feelings and thoughts I was having and I certainly did not have a queer person around me to answer those questions. Was there something wrong with me? Was I going to have a hard time in college? Would I be bullied? 

 

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Voice of Pride: Akruti's Journey

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Voices of Pride

Voice of Pride: Akruti's Journey

Since childhood, I observed that the only  accepted and “normalised” form of romantic relationship was between two “heterosexuals”. As a teenager, I always felt like I was attracted to only men, but there were times when I felt this strange attraction towards women. Strange because, during that time I was not at all aware that sexuality is a spectrum and that it’s completely normal to be attracted to more than one gender.  Eventually I realised  that it was just  something that was taught to me. However, being attracted to women confused me. In the past one year, I have explored...

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