When Gopi Shankar Madurai was 21, he scoured the stands for LGBTQIA+ books in Tamil. But nothing was available except for a few autobiographies and memoirs of a few transwomen. Years later, the intersex activist's book, 'Maraikappata Pakkangal (Hidden Pages) Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation', is to be released at the Chennai Book Fair on Saturday. Gopi, founder of Srishti, an LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual) non-funded student collective, began working on the book in 2011, and took two years to complete it. Unable to find a publisher, he self-published it but not many copies were sold.
January 13 / Times of India