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Canvas, Phone Bank and Vote Like the World Depends On It…

Canvas, Phone Bank and Vote Like the World Depends On It…

..because it does. What’s at stake? Everything. We’re in the final stretch and we’re all getting nervous with dark money and voter suppression tactics potentially tipping the scales against progress. If your state has early voting, please make sure to vote as soon as possible.  Otherwise, there’s a lot one can do in the days leading up to November 6th, even in our “safe bubble” of New York City.  Swing Left’s

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Panel and Performances Celebrating the Demise of Section 377

Panel and Performances Celebrating the Demise of Section 377

We were thrilled to co-sponsor Wednesday night’s #Micropolis event at WNYC”s  Greene Space to celebrate the recent demise of India’s archaic law, Section 377, which outlawed gay sex. The evening featured moving panel discussions, fab drag performances, beats by Ashu Rai and was hosted by Arun Venugopal. Thanks to Riddhi Sandil, Gayatri Gopinath, Lal Batti and Sundari Indian-Goddess for an engaging and informative evening—and for the years of solidarity + activism…moving the needle on LGBTQ movements across the diaspora. If you missed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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