Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Whispers

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Kashish and beyond...
Today, May 27, Mumbai opens cinema screen doors to Kashish, the country’s biggest Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festival, which will play at three South Mumbai venues in the city.

Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Ireland became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote as crowds cheered in Dublin in a spectacular setback for the once all-powerful Catholic Church. Pics/AFP
Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Ireland became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote as crowds cheered in Dublin in a spectacular setback for the once all-powerful Catholic Church. Pics/AFP

This is the sixth edition of Kashish, and we think that even as the city is rainbow-hued, with LGBT on the Mumbai radar the time is opportune for a quick glance at gay issues in other parts of the world.

A participant walks with a banner reading ‘Don’t judge’ as she takes part in the Gay Pride March in Bucharest recently. This year, the Romanian LGBT community celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first Pride March
A participant walks with a banner reading ‘Don’t judge’ as she takes part in the Gay Pride March in Bucharest recently. This year, the Romanian LGBT community celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first Pride March

The contrast of happy and sad is an indicator of the long, uphill battles for gay rights all over the world. So even as Kashish opens, here is a look at LGBT-centric events in other parts of the world.

People march holding a big Romanian flag during a protest against same-sex marriages, child adoption by same-sex families and the upcoming Gay Pride parade in downtown Bucharest recently. The protest was held by the far-right extremist organisation Noua Dreapta, which means The New Right
People march holding a big Romanian flag during a protest against same-sex marriages, child adoption by same-sex families and the upcoming Gay Pride parade in downtown Bucharest recently. The protest was held by the far-right extremist organisation Noua Dreapta, which means The New Right

Career guidance from CGSI
For students unsure what career path to pursue, the Consumer Guidance Society of India has an answer. Or at least, it can help youngsters find an answer. The CGSI’s free weekly counselling session for students (and others) conducted by self-empowerment trainer SS Motwani kicks off tomorrow (May 28) from 2pm to 4pm at its office near Azad Maidan.

For appointments, call the CGSI’s toll-free helpline, 1800 222262. Those seeking counselling need to bring along a brief writeup about themselves including education background, skills, strong points, weak points, available support and ambition as well as the area of special guidance desired.

“These sessions will help students and confused professionals to get clarity about their future and capability,” says Motwani, adding, “I am not in favour of the age-old ways of career counselling since it is not practical in the modern world.”

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