An app in Tamil to connect the global queer community


This is Pride month and Chennai-based vogue choreographer Karun Raman simply received a well timed shock. He has been chosen as the South India ambassador for Balma, a social community app for the South Asian LGBTQIA+ community. The app, created by London-based Peter Singh, will launch in July.

“The interesting fact about the app is that it is available in eight languages and includes Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali,” says Karun. Given that Tamil is one in all the oldest languages with a wealthy tradition, it deserves to discover itself on a global platform, he provides.

Discussing the giant community of Tamil-speaking individuals settled throughout the world, Karun says he believes that this app will assist deliver them nearer. “Often there are people who do not get onto social networking sites as they are not confident of interacting in English. This will help them chat in a language they are comfortable in,” says Karun.

Karun’s plan is to connect individuals from the community in rural areas. “Just like they have TikTok and other similar apps, they can now have Balma. They can also gain awareness about topics such as HIV through the app because it is not just about networking, but also about more knowledge.”

Despite having a big LGBTQIA+ inhabitants, Karun says that Tamil Nadu is just not given sufficient consideration. He is of the opinion that the community right here is shut off from the remainder of the world. “Which is why during my fashion shows, I try to use queer elements to make a point that ‘Hey, I am a Chennai guy and I am here to slay’,” he says.

While there may be nonetheless a month to go for Balma to be accessible on iOS and Android (Playstore), its Instagram web page is up and operating. Every Friday, there may be an Insta dwell session referred to as #fabfridays that options inspiring Queer icons from the community throughout. Karun was on the present final week speaking about the significance of embracing who you’re and being there for brand new entrants to the community.

“Despite people being more open, relaxed and accepting, I don’t know why well-known people from the city are still not opening up. I often get messages from young students who face issues and are sometimes suicidal. It helps to speak up and be there for them and guide them,” says Karun, who’s now beginning a vogue college named Beautiful Chaos.

“I’ll be teaching grooming and train students for international pageants.”

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