My Chacha is Gay from Eiynah NM on Vimeo.
Wow. I cannot believe how quickly this past year with Chacha has flown by. Mostly because my life has been a whirlwind of interviews, articles and discussions. A lot of them focused on Chacha and LGBT issues in South Asian communities.
This time last year I put up what I thought to be an unpublishable children's book, because simply, one does not mix anything but married heterosexuality and Pakistan. The response I received from the world was overwhelming and hugely supportive. I began my journey to crowdfund the publishing. It was a success! With the largest contributions coming from Pakistan. I thank you all for supporting the project and making it such a success.
We often write places like Pakistan off, and say they simply are not ready to accept things outside of the religious norm. But if this past year has proven anything, it's the fact that Pakistanis are just as ready as anywhere else to accept things like the modern notion of 'family'.... With a few roadblocks of course. But it is up to us to push the boundaries set in centuries past.
Below is an infographic I put together, documenting Chacha's eventful year!
|Photo courtesy of Ali Sajid Imami|
|Photo courtesy of Louella Harley|
|Photo courtesy of Munr Saadt|