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

Posted: September 3rd, 2013

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NY Mag’s Space of the Week – From Drab to Fab

NY Mag’s Space of the Week – From Drab to Fab

The apartment of Sholay’s Atif Toor and his partner Aamir Khandwala are featured as “Space of the Week” in the current issue of New York Magazine. View the slideshow and accompanying narrative on their journey to convert a drab and dull space into one of the most colorful and eclectic apartments featured in the magazine.   We are very proud of Atif and Aamir!

Posted: August 30th, 2013

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Asia Society Interview with Pakistan’s Bindiya Rana

Asia Society Interview with Pakistan’s Bindiya Rana

The Asia Society’s blog, which featured our own Ashu Rai a few months ago, has a new interview up with Bindiya Rana,  president of Gender Interactive Alliance in Pakistan, an organization that works for the rights and social justice for  the transgender  community in Pakistan.  Bindiya talks about her work with the organization in Pakistan which has been focused on providing access to basic health care and the well being of transgender people in

Posted: August 30th, 2013

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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.

Posted: August 29th, 2013

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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

Posted: August 14th, 2013

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“My Beautiful Laundrette” at IFC on Aug 19

“My Beautiful Laundrette” at IFC on Aug 19

Don’t miss one of our favorite queer films ever – “My Beautiful Laundrette” directed by Stephen Frears and starring the young and handsome leads – Daniel Day Lewis and Gordon Warnecke – with a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.  This classic desi-Brit queer film from the 80s is part of the final summer event in the IFC Center’s Queer/Art/Film series, organized by Adam Baran and Ira Sachs. The event will open with a 60s

Posted: August 14th, 2013

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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.”

Posted: August 9th, 2013

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March with SALGA in the India Day Parade on Aug 18th

March with SALGA in the India Day Parade on Aug 18th

On August 18, 2013, SALGA NYC (South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association) will be marching in NYC’s annual India Day Parade. 2013 marks the fourth year that SALGA will be marching at the Parade, after being banned from attending for a number of years. From SALGA’s website:  “Because we still face immense challenges in our respective South Asian communities, and recognize the Parade is not embracing of all communities (across

Posted: August 7th, 2013

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