Screenwriters Association (SWA) workshop: Writing about the LGBTQ community – on 2 June

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Screenwriters Association and KASHISH Arts Foundation will bring its members an hour-long workshop on ‘Writing about the LGBTQ community’. With more and more diverse sexual and gender identities being talked about across the globe, it is important to know exactly what they are so that screen writers can write about them accurately. This workshop will be an immersive look into easily misunderstood terms related to sex, gender and sexuality.

This workshop, which will also bring writers a social and human context about what it’s like to be LGBTQ in India and how to write effectively about the community, is an important one for screenwriters to understand the sensitivities involved in depicting the LGBTQ community with all the dignity and respect it deserves as much as anybody else in society.

The workshop is scheduled for Sunday, the 2nd of June, at 5 pm at the Screenwriters Association, 201-204, Plot No. B-29, Off New Link Road, Opposite Citi Mall, Andheri West, Mumbai.

SWA Writing For  LGBTQ workshop mentors

Shibu Thomas — a Mumbai-based journalist and is working as a Senior Assistant Editor at one of India’s leading newspapers, The Times of India.

Shibu covers the legal beat and writes on human rights, gender issues and the legal impact of gender-based violence (GBV). In 2016, he was selected by the United States’ Department of State for the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Shibu’s recent focus has been on media, gender sensitisation and queer activism. He is on the board of The Humsafar Trust and has been involved as an editor of Bombay Dost – India’s oldest LGBTQ magazine since 2010. He has conceptualised Likho – a project that seeks to sensitise mainstream media on LGBTQ issues. He is also Communications and Operations Director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

Koninika Roy has a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sophia College, University of Mumbai. She has been the Advocacy Manager at The Humsafar Trust (HST) since 2016.

She handled events, sensitization and mainstreaming of LGBTQ issues as well as cases of discrimination and harassment against LGBTQ individuals. She acted as a coordinator for Yaariyan, the LGBTQ youth initiative of HST and was an active member of Umang, the LBT initiative of HST.  She also co-authored a manual for counsellors for counselling parents of LGBTQ titled ‘Strengthening Bridges’.She is currently part of the Managing Committee and Governing Board of the Integrated Network for Sexual Minorities (INFOSEM) which is the largest network of LGBTQ organizations in India.

RSVP to attend: This is a free event, which is open to ALL SWA members on a first come first served seating basis. To register, RSVP by sending an email to event@swaindia.org.

At the workshop you can also register to attend KASHISH 2019, with a special 20% discount for SWA members. KASHISH Arts Foundation organizes the annual KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival which will celebrate its 10th anniversary edition in June. Every year the festival screens more than 150-160 LGBTQ films from 35-40 countries, with almost 30 LGBTQ films from India. But are the films from India sensitive to the diversity of the community?

Your thoughts, please