Negotiating Intersectional Non-Normative Queer Identities in India


Academic work dealing with queerness in HCI is predominantlybased in the Global North and has often dealt with one identitydimension at a time. This work-in-progress study attempts to com-plicate the notion of queerness in HCI by highlighting how in themulti-religious, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural context of India,LGBTQ+ movements and spaces are deeply fractured on the basisof various identity intersections. We interview 18 LGBTQ+ activists,lawyers, and allied activists in the Delhi, India to understand theissues faced by queer Indians from minority groups and their use ofsocial media and discuss how they negotiate their non-normativeidentities to create safe spaces, gain access to resources, and engagein care work. The argument that we are bringing into HCI schol-arship through this paper is geared toward a future endeavor fordesigning safe space for marginalized groups in the global southkeeping in mind negotiations of power, legitimacy, and resources.

Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts