Desilicious Is Back on Saturday, September 14th!

Desilicious Is Back on Saturday, September 14th!

It took us all summer to recover from World Pride but now we’re bringing sexy back in September! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14th and join us at the DL for an unforgettable sunset Bollywood session. Stay tuned for all the Desilicious details!   BACK TO DESiLiCiOUS Saturday, September 14th | 5pm–11pm  Music by Ashu Rai Big screen visuals by Atif Arrive early for cocktail specials The DL Enclosed Rooftop

Posted: August 10th, 2019

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Remembering Queen Harish

Remembering Queen Harish

We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Queen Harish and three other folk artists were killed in a highway accident in India when their SUV crashed into a truck today, June 2nd. The group was on their way to Ajmer from Jaisalmer for a performance when the incident occurred. We had the privilege of having Queen Harish perform at two of our events—gracing the stage of Highline Ballroom at the

Posted: June 2nd, 2019

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Our Unofficial 2019 Desi Queer Guide for World Pride NYC!

Our Unofficial 2019 Desi Queer Guide for World Pride NYC!

World Pride is in New York City this year so get your Pride on with our round-up of parades, marches, parties, and exhibits during the month of June.   Keep this page bookmarked as we will update it regularly.  Email us if you’ve got a desi queer tip in NYC. PARTIES, PARADES AND MARCHES   Sunday, June 2nd | 12PM – 6PM Queens Gay Pride Parade & Festival Kick off Pride Month at the

Posted: May 26th, 2019

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Dutee Chand—India’s First Openly Bi Athlete

Dutee Chand—India’s First Openly Bi Athlete

“I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love.” Dutee Chand, the 100 m record holder and winner of two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, is the first Indian sports star to acknowledge being in a same-sex relationship. India’s fastest running woman, Chand, 23, was previously known for fighting for the right to compete in races against other women. She has hyperandrogenism, a condition that naturally

Posted: May 20th, 2019

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Bangladesh’s Trans Community Granted Full Voting Rights

Bangladesh’s Trans Community Granted Full Voting Rights

“From now onward, a third gender individual can be a voter with their own identity, as a hijra,” Abdul Baten, the Director of National Identity Registration declared. The trans community of Bangladesh has finally been granted the right to register to vote under a “third gender” identity category. Government officials allocated the category on the national voters’ list for the country’s trans community, commonly known as hijra. Prior to the change, Bangladeshi voters could only

Posted: May 3rd, 2019

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“The Portrait is Political” Opening on April 24th

“The Portrait is Political” Opening on April 24th

We’re excited about the opening of “The Portrait is Political” this Wednesday, April 24th from 7-9 PM at the Gallery at BRIC House in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The exhibition will feature “Jasmine Blooms At Night,” a series of small scale paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Jaishri Abichandani portraying South Asian American feminists and activists in the local community who are making a large social impact.  And her series features a portrait of

Posted: April 22nd, 2019

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Director Wanuri Kahiu Challenges Ban on Kenyan Lesbian Romance

Director Wanuri Kahiu Challenges Ban on Kenyan Lesbian Romance

The Kenyan film, Rafiki, a romance about two teenage girls falling in love in Nairobi received positive reviews internationally when it was released last year, but was summarily banned at home as the subject of lesbian love was classified as “incendiary.” The head of film classification expanded on the board’s opinion – “The attempt to normalize homosexuality is akin to air-conditioning hell.” Director Wanuri Kahiu is suing the government for infringement of

Posted: April 14th, 2019

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A New Generation of Desi Filmmakers Puts Gay Characters Front and Center

A New Generation of Desi Filmmakers Puts Gay Characters Front and Center

All of us desi queers binge watching Made in Heaven are witnessing a not-so-quiet  revolution on the digital screen. While Bollywood plays catch up on the silver screen with the recent release of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha, internet-driven platforms have been offering wider and fuller representation of LGBTQ Indian characters for the past couple years. Made in Heaven, the steamy web series directed by Zoya Akhtar that premiered on Amazon in March, chronicles

Posted: March 25th, 2019

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