FOF #2973 – Queer Nightlife Around the World

Jul 18, 2021 · 1985 views

Kareem Khubchandani explores alternatives to alternative LGBTQ+ spaces around the world in the new collection of essays “Queer Nightlife” published by University Michigan Press.

It’s hard to talk about the lives of LGBTQ+ people without talking about the nightlife scene where so many folks find their home. But for all the attention focused on Stonewall, Fire Island or PTown, most of queer experience, especially for trans and people of color, exists in spaces that most don’t even know about.

In the new book Queer Nightlife, writer Kareem Khubchandani and a collection of academics lift the veil on these special spaces where creativity flourishes as an alternative to the alternative spaces we know and love.

But what’s happening to them now that digital media and over policing is changing the nightlife landscape?

Today Kareem Khubchandani, author of Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife joins us to look at queer nightlife and spaces all around the world.

(aka LaWhore Vagistan)


‘Sari’ – LaWhore Vagistan, feat. Auntie Kool Jams

Written by: Kareem Khubchandani & Vyjayanthi VadrevuDirector, editor: Sarah Hill ( producer: Kevin Chin (…

Kareem in her music video for Sari, Not Sorry.

Listen as Kareem (also known as LaWhore Vagistan joins us to look at gays on overstuffed trains in India, cruising for sex in front of ice cream shop in Puerto Rico, the last lesbian bar in Maine, how Paris is Burning created a Hawaiian ball scene, and LGBTQ stories from Ghana to Cuba.

Plus, Helen, the original pop diva from India who shaped queer music around the world.

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