Wednesday, March 27, 2013

CSB Xclusive! Nolan Lewis - Mr. Gay India 2013

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[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Nolan Lewis - Mr. Gay India 2013
Photography by: Blake Woodhams

Introducing to you all this year’s Mr. Gay India, Nolan Lewis! Nolan would be the third Indian to represent our country at Mr. Gay World (MGW), ever since the pageant took off in 2009. Scheduled to take place from August 1st – August 5th, MGW 2013 will be held at Antwerp, Belgium. 

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Nolan Lewis - Mr. Gay India 2013

Nolan was born and brought up in Mumbai and has been a model since his college days. However realizing that modelling could not be a stable career option, he was on the search for other avenues that offered a regular income. He says now he is a self-employed man and is loving what he is doing currently. “I’m a tarot card reader and a crystal healer. Occasionally, I also write astrological columns for newspapers.” Even then, he decided to give modelling another go and has now signed a contract with a model agency. He has also done a video shoot for the popular Indian girl band - Viva’s music video, ‘Jahan Ho Pyar Ka Mausam’, along with Zoltan Parag, the first Indian to participate in Mr. Gay World pageant. 

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Nolan Lewis - Mr. Gay India 2013

For this 28 year old guy, Mr. Gay World was not something that he had planned out. Nolan was in Johannesburg in April last year, completing a photo-shoot for South African documentary photographer, Blake Woodhams. Coincidentally, Johannesburg was hosting Mr. Gay World 2012 that very evening. “We watched the pageant, grabbed a few drinks and made a joke about how we should forward my photographs to MGW for 2013’s registrations.” And then that’s what he did. A few weeks later Nolan received a registration form and a questionnaire in his inbox. “Since India does not have a local sponsor, MGW had their director in the Philippines, Ms. Noemi Alberto, conducted my auditions via Skype. A few video-conferences later, I was chosen as Mr. Gay India 2013 over six other Indian guys.” 

The fact that India does not have a MGW representative is proving to be quite a challenge for Nolan to participate in the pageant. “I don’t have anyone sponsoring my airfare or wardrobe. That’s the basic entitlement of any contestant representing a country at an international level.” Nolan is currently on the lookout to find some corporate endorsements and a fashion designer volunteering to showcase his or her work at MGW 2013. 

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Nolan Lewis - Mr. Gay India 2013
Photography by: Blake Woodhams

Nolan hopes to change this situation for the future MGW Indian contestants. “I will have a chat with MGW about hiring me as the recruiting agent for the next delegate from India, since there’s no one as of now.” So would he be kicking off a Mr. Gay India pageant from next year onwards? “I can only comment about the possibility of a full blown pageant, once I’m back from MGW. But you are going to have someone representing India each year from now for sure!” 

All the best Nolan for MGW and also for the initiative that you are planning to bring for the future MGW aspirers! 

You can reach Nolan and support him by clicking here. 

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Nolan Lewis - Mr. Gay India 2013
Photography by: Blake Woodhams

Come to think of it, a Mr. Gay India pageant is not a bad idea after all. India has seen a remarkable progress ever since the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality in 2009. The post 377 era has afforded a favourable pitch for a host of LGBT entities - from a gay travel boutique, a gay event management firm, a fashion store to a queer book store, an LGBT discount card and an annual international LGBT film festival; India has seen it all! A gay pageant would be a perfect piece for this melange aiding ourselves to be visible more conspicuously.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

CSB Promotion: Queer Ink Offer For CSB Readers!

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[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Queer Ink Offer For CSB Readers

Queer Ink (http://queer-ink.com) is an online book store providing access to hundreds of books on gays, lesbians, hijras and transsexuals. Founded by Shobhna Kumar and her partner in 2010, this portal has become the one stop site for anyone seeking LGBTIQ literature. 

In an interview for CSB Anniversary magazine, Shobhna had said, “We believe that there are vibrant communities of sexually and gender diverse people who successfully negotiate their lives in the mainstream. These stories need to be told and heard to dispel ignorance and therefore hatred and discrimination.” 

Queer Ink has now more than 500 titles in the English and Indian regional languages covering fiction and non-fiction with genres - drama, folklore, historical fiction, humour, mystery, poetry, auto/biographies and collection of short stories, mythology, etc. The E-books section has free downloads of magazines, reports and journals with LGBTI India content. Shobhna reveals that they also receive enquiries for gay erotica. “Yes, we can obtain it for you but we cannot list it on the website because of the IT Act 2000 which restricts online sales of such material.” 

CSB readers can now get 40% discount for the purchase of imported books, above spend of Rs.300. 

Just the enter the coupon code: CrazySam40 while you are making the purchase. 

This offer is valid until March 31, 2013. 

Happy shopping and happy reading!!

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Queer Ink Offer For CSB Readers
Model: Julián Escamilla
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