On 2 July 2009, the Delhi High Court read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, decriminalising consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex. It was sweet victory after decades of struggle.

With the judgement being challenged in the Supreme Court by a handful of people, and the unprecedented media attention now being given to queer issues, this is the perfect time to have a festival of queer films in Bombay.

Through screenings of exciting films from around the world, Queer Nazariya wants to reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; to create an affirmative space and a meeting place for all those queer folk out there who do not fit in with society’s norms of sexuality or gender.

We also hope to reach out to that same society, for Queer Nazariya is a festival for everybody. Come watch the films, talk with us, have a samosa and chai, and you’ll know (if you don’t already)that LGBTI people are like anyone else: we have the same emotions and desires and needs; we hold up every kind of job as productive members of society; we are rooted in the same soil and nourished by the same culture; we have the same rights that any other citizen does – to live, to love, to be able to find employment and homes without fear of violence or discrimination.

Along with the screenings, we will have discussions around a few key issues, showcase some queer art and memorabilia, and keep the celebration going through parties, song and dance!