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Date(s) - 04/05/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm





Alliance Francaise du Bengale and Varta Trust, in the run up to the May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2017, bring you an evening of book launches and a film screening on challenges faced by queer people around their genders and sexualities.

IDAHOBIT is organized every year worldwide to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the stigma, discrimination, violence and socio-economic exclusion experienced by LGBTIQ people.

This event will focus on the issue of how online or digital spaces are helping queer people to network, mobilize resources and assert their identities and rights.
19:00 Welcome note

19:10 About IDAHOBIT – a brief presentation

19:25 Book launches:

“Social Media, Sexuality and Sexual Health Advocacy in Kolkata, India”, Rohit K. Dasgupta, Pawan Dhall, Dr. Paul Boyce – See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/in/social-media-sexuality-and-sexual-health-advocacy-in-kolkata-india-9789386432650/#sthash.5tmMCr0Z.dpuf

“Digital Queer Cultures in India – Politics, Intimacies and Belonging”, Rohit K. Dasgupta – See more at https://www.routledge.com/Digital-Queer-Cultures-in-India-Politics-Intimacies-and-Belonging/Dasgupta/p/book/9781138220348

Painter and graphic designer Rudra Kishore Mandal will be in conversation with Rohit K. Dasgupta and Pawan Dhall. This will be followed by the launch of the two books, and the floor will be open for audience questions.

Limited copies of the books will be available at the event.

20:00 Film screening: “Tomboy”, 2011, Céline Sciamma, French with English sub-titles, 1.30 hours. A family moves into a new neighbourhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighbourhood children – See film trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvfdCI4MArQ

21:30 Vote of thanks and refreshments