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But one factor that may have been eclipsed was the impact this could have for queer South Asian Americans.

Many South Asian Americans treat queerness as an “otherness,” passing it off as an intangible Western concept.

So maybe this is a thing — this might be real,’” said Khudai Tanveer, membership organizer for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.

LGBTQ issues in South Asian culturesGowri Vijayakumar, an assistant professor of sociology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University, makes the point that South Asian and South Asian American communities are not uniformly repressive of the LGBTQ community, and that many strong social movements exist in South Asia today.

“To me, queer South Asian representation would actually be South Asian celebrities in the media who are embracing queer ideology and a radical leftist politics, who are allying themselves with other queer, black, indigenous, people of color folks, and using their platform to actually elevate these issues,” Raja said.

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