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Bibliography on Hinduism and Homosexuality 


Contributed by Chad Bauman, Butler University 

Abraham, K C.Abraham, Ajit K.  “Homosexuality:  Some Reflections from India,” Ecumenical Review,  January 1998, 50:1, pp 22-29.

Agoramoorthy, Govindasamy and Hsu, Minna J. “India's Homosexual Discrimination and Health Consequences,” Rev. Saúde Pública, August 2007, 41:4, pp. 657-660.

Bacchetta, Paola.  “When the (Hindu) Nation Exiles Its Queers.”  Out Front: Lesbians, Gays, and the Struggle for Workplace Rights. Winter 1999, No. 61, pp. 141-166.

Boyce, Paul.  “Moral Ambivalence and Irregular Practices:  Contextualizing Male-to-Male sexualities in Calcutta/India.”  Feminist Review.  August 2006, 83:1, pp. 79-98.

Goldman, Robert P. “Transsexualism, Gender, and Anxiety in Traditional India.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 113:3. 1993. 374-401.

Isherwood, Christopher.  My Guru and His Disciple (University of Minnesota, 2001).

Kole, Subir K.  “Globalizing queer?  AIDS, Homophobia and the Politics of  Sexual Identity in India.” Globalization and Health (BioMed Central Ltd.: 2007).

Kripal, Jeffrey. Kali's Child (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998).

Devdutt Pattanaik. The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore (Routledge, 2002).

Rambachan, Anantanand “There are many branches on the tree of life:  The Irreconcilability of Hinduism and Homophobia,” in Heterosexism in Contemporary World Religion (Snow Lion Publications, 2002).

Reddy, Gayatri. With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity to South India (Univ. of Chicago, 1995).

Vanita, Ruth. Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West (Palgrave Macmillan/New Delhi: Penguin, 2005).

Vanita, Ruth, ed.  Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society (Routledge, 2001)

Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai, eds, Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History (St Martin's Press. 2000).

Ruth Vanita.  “Wedding of Two Souls:  Same-Sex Marriage and Hindu Traditions,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.  Fall 2004, 20:2 pp 119-135.

Roy, Abhik.  “Regenerating Masculinity in the Construction of Hindu Nationalist Identity: a Case Study of Shiv Sena.” Communication Studies, June, 2006.

Sharma, Arvind.  "Homosexuality and Hinduism," in Homosexuality and World Religions (Snow Lion Publications, 2002), pp 47-80.



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