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Q & A with Faraz Ansari on His Upcoming Queer Short Featuring Shabana Azmi

Q & A with Faraz Ansari on His Upcoming Queer Short Featuring Shabana Azmi

Fresh from the success of India’s first LGBT+ short film Sisak winning 59 international awards, filmmaker Faraz Ansari has now embarked on another ambitious short film—Sheer Qorma. The film, under production, tells a story of a daughter (Divya Dutta), who is in a same-sex marriage and returns with her partner (Swara Bhasker) to seek the approval of her mother (Shabana Azmi). The stellar cast and story are already creating a buzz in

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Desi-Queer Flashback 1986: Launching Trikone Magazine

Desi-Queer Flashback 1986: Launching Trikone Magazine

Sandip Roy’s latest article details the founding of “Trikone,” the first South Asian LGBTQ magazine over 30 years ago. Arvind Kumar and Ashok Jethanandani were gay desi Silicon Valley software engineers living as an out couple in the Bay Area in the late 1980s. Together with a friend, Suvir Das, they toiled after hours to photocopy and staple together this truly grassroots publication that grew out of a desire to connect isolated LGBTQ desis “in

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Thanks and Stay Tuned for More Desilicious

Thanks and Stay Tuned for More Desilicious

Hai, hai…what an evening! Thanks for joining us at Back to Desilicious at the DL and making it one of our most dynamic parties yet. Special thanks to the fiery hot Chutney for bringing it live on stage. We have more Desilicious fun coming up so watch this space for party updates. We were excited to announce our first-ever holiday adventure group trip at the party. We’re taking Cartagena by

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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