The Alumni Association of the Department of Women’s Studies, Gauhati University organised a screening of the movie OutNorth: MNLGBTQ History on Wednesday.
The screening was followed by an interactive session with Milin Dutta a LGBTQ activist and also the Trans Council Member of Minnesota, USA. OutNorth: MNLGBTQ History is the first ever full length movie to document and honour Minnesota’s LGBTQ history. The movie lifts up the stories of well known and largely unknown Minnesotans who found each other and spoke up when it was a tremendous risk to do so. It also explores some of the important ways that Minnesota has played a significant role in the national movement for LGBTQ equality.
Speaking on the occasion, Dutta talked about the consciousness and dedication of the people of Minnesota. Pointing out the importance of active community participation on LGBTQ issues, he talked about the significance of acceptance. He further stressed on the importance of family support, citing examples from his personal experiences.
According to Sister Prema, an organised LGBTQ community seems to be missing in Guwahati. Recognising and accepting the LGBTQ community with compassion is crucial she said. Samuel, coordinator for a project Love Guwahati under the Assam Baptist Convention talked about the marginalised LGBTQ community in the city and how they have been forced to take up begging, sex trade, dancing during child birth or for circumcision in Islamic communities as for their living.