Celebrate Bollyween With Us! 10.27.18

Celebrate Bollyween With Us! 10.27.18

Get Ready for Terrifying Thumkas! We’re cooking up a haunted wonderland for Halloween weekend with Bollywood beats that will have you bumping in the night! Stay tuned for all the Desilicious details… PS 450 450 Park Avenue btwn 30th and 31st Street Saturday, October 27th  |  10pm – 4am Music by Ashu Rai Visuals by Atif $20 Cover 21+ to enter with ID

Posted: February 2nd, 2018

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Four Desi Web Series to Check out on National Coming Out Day

Four Desi Web Series to Check out on National Coming Out Day

Happy National Coming Out Day! For the occasion, the Teal Mango has rounded up four  web series featuring South Asian characters that you should check out. Each reflects the diversity of the LGBT experience while also, in many cases, highlighting the challenges members of the community face in South Asia and the diaspora to this day. They include:   “The ‘Other’ Love Story” Directed by Rupa Rao The series follows two

Posted: October 12th, 2018

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Why Celebrate Desi Independence?

Why Celebrate Desi Independence?

On August 14th and 15th, we celebrate the 71st birthdays of Pakistan and India respectively. Why celebrate an independence hastily crafted by British colonizers triggering one of the bloodiest upheavals in human history? In these unsettling times marked by nationalism, authoritarianism and a creeping tribalism here in the U.S and across many parts of the globe, national independence days are taking on an alarmingly jingoistic edge. And yet, as an LGBTQ

Posted: August 11th, 2018

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Trump Administration Drains HIV/AIDS Funding to Pay for Child Detentions

Trump Administration Drains HIV/AIDS Funding to Pay for Child Detentions

How low can you go, Cheeto? Slate reports that the Trump administration is quietly siphoning funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to pay for their recklessly implemented zero-tolerance immigration policy which has led to the detention of thousands of children who have been separated from their parents. Slate was able to acquire documents from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) an agency that is part of the Department of

Posted: July 14th, 2018

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Mr Gay World Runner Up—Samarpan Maiti—Bringing Queer Visibility to India

Mr Gay World Runner Up—Samarpan Maiti—Bringing Queer Visibility to India

“My mother says that I made our country proud and that must be celebrated! Sadly in our society people don’t have that same respect for us…” Meet Samarpan Maiti—model, actor, scientist, activist, and runner-up in the Mr Gay World 2018 competition held in May in South Africa. While many of us question why we even need a Mr Gay World in 2018—which raises all sorts of issues around commodifying looks, body shaming, etc.—Samarpan is

Posted: June 19th, 2018

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LGBTQ in India: Progress and Risk

LGBTQ in India: Progress and Risk

As we celebrate Pride across the globe this June, the NY Times recently highlighted the continued challenges faced by LGBTQ folks in India under the regressive  Section 377 of the Indian Penal code criminalizing gay sex. This summer, India’s Supreme Court is expected to consider petitions made by members of the LGBTQ community who are mobilizing for change. As  the court reviews the law’s constitutionality, lawyers and activists who have been

Posted: June 9th, 2018

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Unofficial 2018 NYC Desi LGBTQ Guide

Unofficial 2018 NYC Desi LGBTQ Guide

It’s that time of year again and we’ve got your list of desi queer things to do when the South Asians take over town! Below is a round up of NYC Pride related events—including marches and parties.  Bookmark this page and keep checking back for updated info.  Email us if you’ve got a desi queer tip in NYC.   Sunday, June 3rd Queens Gay Pride Parade & Festival 12PM Kick off Pride

Posted: May 31st, 2018

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Bibi Stardust Bridal Style Salon on May 3rd

Bibi Stardust Bridal Style Salon on May 3rd

Planning on getting hitched? Our friends at Bibi Magazine and Stardust have a once-a-year event just for you! Come enjoy cocktails, cuisine, a fashion show and shopping in one of Manhattan’s newest venues. Love is love and couples of all gender combinations are encouraged to attend. RSVP at BibiBridalStyleSalon.com to be added to the guest list. To get you in the nuptial mood, read all about Karthik and Sandeep, who’s storybook wedding story was featured

Posted: April 19th, 2018

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Queer Eye’s Tan France on Style, Culture and Pakistani Cooking

Queer Eye’s Tan France on Style, Culture and Pakistani Cooking

“One of the main reasons I took the job is because I wanted to represent a community that’s never been represented before. I’m not talking about underrepresented—I mean never been represented.”  Conde Naste Traveler recently interviewed Queer Eye’s style expert Tan France about growing up in the UK, breaking reality TV barriers, and his passion for Pakistani cooking. Netflix’s latest revamp of the “classic” show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” premiered in February to rave

Posted: April 1st, 2018

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