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PEN/OutWrite | 22nd August 2018

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Posts By PEN OutWrite

The locked door – The life and death of Dr. Srinivas Ramchandra Siras | Rishi Majumder

13th June 2016 |

13 June, 2016

Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras didn’t deserve to die. More to the point, he didn’t deserve to live like he did.

If you watch Aligarh, Hansal Mehta’s film on Siras’ life, read about Siras or talk to those … Read More

Nigeria: Jail the Gays or Kill Them

10th June 2016 |

by Nick Patricca with Unoma Azuah

Originally published in WINDY CITY TIMES:  Open to Thinking on Wednesday 01 June 2016



“A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of the same sex: … Read More

Love: Act of Resistance, Act of Life

17th May 2016 |

LGBT*IQA Association Okvir, Bosnia and Herzegovina

People of Bosnia and Herzegovina are heavily post-traumatized by the war, queer persons included – internal dynamics still interwoven with imprints of memories of loss. Violence has become relativized, the boundary between life … Read More

Being Queer in Tehran

14th December 2015 |

Originally published in Slobodna Bosna.

Three Iranian writers and LGBT activists, Elham Malekpour, Maryam Sheikh and Babak Salimzadeh, were guests at the PEN International organisastion and PEN Centre of BiH in Sarajevo and Tuzla; these young civil activists spoke with … Read More

Resolution: Anti-LGBTQI Legislation in 75 Countries restricts the right to freedom of expression

13th November 2015 |

Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 81st World Congress in Québec City, Québec, Canada, 13th October to 16th October 2015

In October 2014 at its 80th Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, PEN International delegates recognized the harmful … Read More

Faces and Phases | Zanele Muholi

30th October 2015 |

“I arrived on the scene to find Disebo’s half-naked and lifeless body surrounded by community members. The wire that was used to strangle her had punctured her skin and was still lodged inside her neck, while about 20 cm of … Read More

The Right to Read Female Writers | Leopoldo Brizuela

29th September 2015 |

“Reading women was a way of transforming our Homeric burdens of pain, hatred and violence into a new, and alternative, productive force” says the author of “Inglaterra. una fábula y de Una misma noche.”

Ever since I first started writing and, especially … Read More

A New Form of Engagement | Jude Dibia

13th August 2015 |

Very recently the Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari was in Washington to meet with President Obama to discuss issues pertinent to both countries,  probably more so for Nigeria with its prevalent security issues caused by the Boko Haram sect.

I found … Read More

I sensed something was wrong | Christina Mavuma

11th August 2015 |

My visit to the clinic was the worst day, I will never forget.

This is one of the problems I never imagined myself experiencing, but unfortunately I came across it.

On the 17th of October 2012, I went for a check-up … Read More

Obscure Oddities | Moraa Gitaa

2nd July 2015 |

Ben Curtis, AP

Louis Beautah is a disturbed and depressed man. Deep down he feels like a failure because of something he’s always known – his oddity or absurdity. The anomaly he has spent his life running away from. He’s … Read More