beckettaddison: Hey guys :) I really love your blog. I've learned so much since following! I have a question. Do you know of any books or movies with a bisexual (or even lesbian for that matter) Asian Indian character? My whole life it's been extremely difficult to find someone to look up to, whether it be a character or someone in real life. We're seeing more bisexuals in the media, however I can't think of any of colour who are from South Asia.
Hi beckettaddison! It’s incredibly important to see bi people of color in literature. Here are the books we know of with South Asian Indian characters:
Babyji by Abha Dawesar was recommended to me as a book about a bi woman, but it may actually be a lesbian book. Anamika is a 16-year-old girl who carries on relationships with three different women, hr maid, a school mate, and an older divorced family friend, while she tries to discover herself. She’s a science buff, and relates everything that happens to her to quantum physics.
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi is about Karim Amir, a teen living with his parents in a London suburb, until his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia, and falls in love with one of his disciples. Hijinks ensue.
The main character of Makara by Kristen Ringman is a deaf selkie girl from Ireland, but she’s in love with Neela and lives with Neela’s family in Tamil Nadu.
You can also check out Suleikha Snyder’s books. I know for sure that Spice and Smoke has characters in bisexual relationships and one of the characters (Avi) specifically identifies as bisexual. Her book Bollyamorous has bisexual (male) characters too.
basically, she’s awesome.
What about the movie “Beautiful Boxer,” about a Thai trans kid who resorts to boxing to earn money for the surgery and even boxes as a trans person?