5 queer Indian influencers you should be following on Instagram
Over the years, Instagram has lent itself to become a space where a diverse range of people can find a platform for their voice. This is evident through its Indian queer community, which ranges from artists, authors, poets, illustrators, and designers, who all have the common goal of educating their audience about pertinent issues around homophobia, transphobia, and inclusion. From raising awareness about socio-political issues surrounding the LGBTQ space through art, to creating campaigns for queer advocacy, these are the Indian LGBTQI+ influencers on Instagram you should keep an eye out for.
With 52.4k followers, Priyanka Paul is a self-taught poet and illustrator who aims to inspire through her art. The 21-year-old mostly works around themes of social justice and self exploration, and has various accolades attached to her name including being part of Gucci’s The Future is Fluid campaign in 2019. Paul’s punk and pastel art is especially renowned for its portrayal of urban feminism, advocating for causes such as body positivity and sexual liberation for women.
The former professor of Gender Studies at Ambedkar University posts confident and vibrant portraits of themselves, with captions about the meaning of gender, what it really means to identify as a transgender individual, as well as things we must keep reminding ourselves to move towards a more socially just environment.
@the.effeminareRun by fashion illustrator, model, and TedX speaker Anwesh Sahoo, The Effeminare for its founder is “A parallel universe where I get to be an illustrator and draw everything I love, from fashion illustrations to a Utopian world I’d want to be a part of.” On Sahoo’s account, not only can you view his diverse and colourful illustrations made for an extensive clientele, but also his opinions on issues like gender conformity, illustrated in ink and colour.
Indo-Canadian LGBTQI+ activist is a published author of poetry and fiction, as well as the creator of the children’s book The Boy and the Bindi. Their art not only reflects their trans, non-binary and queer identity but also their Sikh-Punjabi heritage. Rehal’s art enlightens us about day-to-day changes we can make in our lives to be kinder to the community, like learning to use the right gender pronouns. Other socio-political issues on the artist’s agenda are those of inclusivity and body positivity.
Author of best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men, and creator of the album Part‑Time Woman, Vivek Shraya is an artist whose genre of work ranges from music and literature to visual art, theatre, and film. You can view snippets of her work––be it behind the scenes images or brand collaborations––on their feed. Shraya’s work aims to educate and inspire their audience about topics including mental health, queerness, and inclusion.
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