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Rainbow Flags Will Fly in Gujarat

Rainbow Flags Will Fly in Gujarat

Since the historic strike down of Penal Code 377 in 2009, we’ve seen Pride marches in India expand beyond Delhi (pictured above) and Mumbai to cities like Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. Thanks to the efforts of  Gujarat LGBT Pride Festival (GLGBTPF) and Foram Foundation, rainbow flags will be flying on Sunday, October 6th in Surat, Gujarat. Organizers hope the first LGBT march in this conservative state will increase awareness, particularly among

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Pakistan bans first gay community website. Really?

Pakistan bans first gay community website. Really?

Don’t Hate Us, Know Us! ہم سے نفرت نہ کیجئے، ہمیں جانئے You’d think that the Pakistani government, beleaguered by corruption, power shortages, and sectarian violence would have better things to do than pick on a local LGBTQ group. A website that provides advocacy, education and support is a danger to the public according to the government.  Read more about the shutdown of Queer Pakistan. The website is accessible outside Pakistan (for now) and has

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Jaishri Abichandani Open Studio

Jaishri Abichandani Open Studio

Artist and activist Jaishri Abichandani invites you to her first Open Studio in two decades of practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her new body of work including sculptures, drawings, paintings and an assortment of pieces from over the years. Please do see the work in person, as you know some things can’t be captured on camera, they have to be experienced! Jaishri beautifully documented the emerging scene at Desilicious back in

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Inside Gay Pakistan

Inside Gay Pakistan

News alert: men have sex with men in Pakistan! While the net is atwitter about Mobeen Azhar’s recent BBC article  which comes across as an exposé on the country’s burgeoning underground gay scene, this is old news for most of us gaysis. Underground parties, Grindr hookups, and  “marriages of convenience” aren’t unique to Pakistan and may only be a surprise to audiences who don’t read about Pakistan beyond the headlines.

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Preserving Stories of Partition

Preserving Stories of Partition

As we mark Pakistan and India’s Independence Days, a group called  The 1947 Partition Archive expands its mission to collect oral histories of Partition. While there is no accurate count of lives lost at this tumultuous time, estimates are that up to 2 million died on both sides of the border and over 10 million people were uprooted. Guneeta Singh Balla began the archive two years ago to document the stories

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Desi, Queer and Undocumented in America

Desi, Queer and Undocumented in America

South Asian Americans make up one-sixth of the undocumented population in the United States according to South Asian Diaspora blog. DREAM act activist, Bupendra Ram, shares his story of fleeing Fiji for the U.S. and the challenges of growing up undocumented and queer. “I am undocumented, queer and South Asian,” he says. “I cannot tell my undocumented story without telling my queer story. It’s part of the work of being whole.”

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Bolly Beats in Toronto Will Leave You Spinning!

Bolly Beats in Toronto Will Leave You Spinning!

Take a spin to Toronto and get your groove on for a great cause with a Bollywood dance party in support of the Friends For Life Bike Rally. Club 120 will be site for a night of  Bollywood  and global beats with music by Atif of Sholay Productions. Bollywood Spin Dance Party  A night of  the best Bollywood and global beats Club 120 120 Church Street, Toronto Friday, May 10th

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Kareem: PhD by Day, High Heel Diva by Night

Kareem: PhD by Day, High Heel Diva by Night

Check out Kareem Khubchandani on I Am Big as he describes his journey in creating Jai Ho Queer Bollywood night in Chicago with a shout out to Sholay as a source for his inspiration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAiVa9E_CaM

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