Even after being in the 21st-century discrimination against LGBTQI+ is one of the major issues of the world. People are treating their fellow humans differently because they think it is unnatural and hence treat them disrespectfully. Everyone should get to choose whom they like and be free to live with their choices. Maya/Alex Mathew believes that this change is only possible if everyone sees people for who they are and understand their perspective of life. In this talk, she breaks the wall of myths and stereotypes that are barriers promoting this culture of inequality. Among all the fun and frolic we are continuously dealing with things that aren’t great with the LGBT
community in India. Coming out of the closet, discrimination, and harassment at workplaces and
public spaces and marriage equality to name a few. While we wait for the minds of the people to look at
us with an open mind, we’ve got each other’s backs and have to help and grow as a community.
Maya the Drag Queen is from Kerala, India and to be a drag queen in Indian society takes a lot of
guts, confidence, and determination. Maya has been performing as an Indian drag queen since Sept
2014. Her first performance was at The Humming Tree, Bangalore, and continues to perform
regularly at Kitty Ko, Bangalore. Her ideals are to fight against inequality, towards individualism,
gender equality, and feminism. Along with that, she loves to act, sing, dance, and entertain people.
She is an actor, singer, loves to vogue and dance to Bollywood numbers, LGBTQIA Influencer, TEDx
speaker (3 times), professional host & emcee.
Her purpose is to mainstream “drag” as an art form in many platforms that will give her voice. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

We are Queer & We are Here | Maya the Drag Queen | Alex Mathew | TEDxIITRoorkee