Thoughts — Voices of Pride

Voices of Pride: Aniruddha's Journey

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Relationships Voices of Pride

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

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Awareness Voices of Pride

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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Voices of Pride: Amitoj''s Journey

Hello From The Thought Co. Voices of Pride

Voices of Pride: Amitoj''s Journey

This blog mentions suicide and homophobia which can be triggering. Having struggled with my mental health since the past 4-5 years, I finally took that leap and started reading blogs and following all the essential accounts in late 2020. This was the same time I started opening up to people about my issues. The first person I opened up to was my cousin – who I’ve always looked up to as an older sister. I’d be struggling with suicidal thoughts, and after two attempts, she found out. When she realised that she couldn’t convince me otherwise, she told our older...

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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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Voices of Pride: Aarohi's Journey

Hello From The Thought Co. LGBTQIA+ Voices of Pride

Voices of Pride: Aarohi's Journey

I’ve always liked women in a way that I liked men but I’ve never been able to say it out aloud because of the obvious reason – “what would people say?” My relationship with men has always been a bit of a problem because it would never end up working out. My exes thought that my sexuality seemed ‘fishy’ and would end up breaking up with me because they would presume that I’m a lesbian. I ended up doubting my sexuality for the next seven years. I would decide not to constantly think about it but that would never happen....

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