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Gay Bombay

Gay Bombay
Globalization, Love and (Be)longing in Contemporary India

Special Anniversary Edition

May 2020 | 344 pages | SAGE Select
This was the first ethnography of gay life in contemporary India. It talked about the early age of the internet in the country and the creation of online-offline gay communities from the mid-1990s to the mid 2000s. The anniversary edition has chapters from leading global scholars about the continuing importance of the book, as well as an updated preface from the author. It has an interview as an afterword that talks about the path ahead for queer rights in India, in the context of the recent Supreme Court judgement decriminalizing homosexuality. 
Preface to the Special Anniversary Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Gay Bombay and Queer Futures Ulka Anajaria, Professor, Brandeis University
Gay Bombay to Boston to Bangalore and Back Kareem Khubchandani Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Tufts University
The Heart Has Its Reasons
From This Perspective
Up Close and Personal
Media Matters
Straight Expectations
Disco Jalebi

‘Gay Bombay remains a crucial pivot not only for my own research but also for the field of queer Indian studies.’

Kareem Khubchandani
Tufts University

‘Shahani’s Gay Bombay traces the modern and the old with charming first person. This book takes you to the television studios, the editing rooms, the dance floors, the chat rooms and the private parlours to discover gay Bombay in all its subtle victories, intimate vibrancy and surprising diversity.’

Late Wendell Rodricks
Fashion designer, author and activist

‘For someone like me who has been part of the queer community movement in Mumbai since 1999, Parmesh’s Gay Bombay (the 2020 special anniversary edition) reads like a personal diary. The book does a laudable job of providing an engaging portrayal of queer lives in contemporary India.’

Balachandran Ramiah
Core administrator of the Gay Bombay group, and a petitioner in the Supreme Court against Section 377.

“What makes his work seminal is not just the fact that this was the first scholarly attempt to study and chart the growth and changes of the gay community but also in its seamless stitching together of the personal and public through anecdotes and research. It is personal and yet universal in its ability to point out the expectations and realities of the Indian gay community.”

Gaysi Family, 29 May 2020

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