Have you read much Indian LGBT books? I haven’t. Save for a couple of stories in a collection titled Noir something, I haven’t even heard of many books that tackle these issues in India. Of course I run in the “let’s read a story about lord shiva” literature groups so maybe that’s not the right place to look. But nevertheless, I decided to put together a list of books from India/similar cultures, set in India/similar places, by Indian/Asian authors featuring awesome LGBTQ characters. Now, as I said before, I haven’t read these so if any of these are disrespectful please let me know so I can kick it out of this list.
1. THE MAN WHO WAS A WOMAN AND OTHER QUEER TALES FROM HINDU LORE – DEVDUTT PATTANAIK
The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore is a compilation of traditional Hindu stories with a common thread: sexual transformation and gender metamorphosis. In addition to the thought-provoking stories in The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore, you’ll also find: an examination of the universality of queer narratives with examples from Greek lore and Irish folklore a comparison of the Hindu paradigm to the biblical paradigm a look at how Hindu society and Hindu scripture responds to queer sexuality a discussion of the Hijras, popularly believed to be the “third gender” in India–their probable origin, and how they fit into Hindu societyWith the telling of each of these tales, you will also learn how the author came upon each of them and how they relate to the context of dominant Hindu attitudes toward sex, gender, pleasure, fertility, and celibacy.