What is Gaysi?
Gaysi Family was started as a blog to provide a voice and a safe space to desis (people from the South Asian Subcontinent) that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer. What began as a simple idea of sharing stories about what it meant to be gay and desi (thus, Gaysi!) has evolved into a space with a roster of authors worldwide, diverse content and traffic from countries all over.
Gaysi has been regularly featured in several mainstream media publications such as Time Out (Mumbai & New Delhi edition), The Hindu, Asian Age, HT Delhi, Mumbai Mirror, DNA etc. Gaysi has made international news on Boing Boing, Huffington Post, Gay Star News and Diva Magazine; and popular online media platforms such as Scroll, Buzzfeed, Scoopwoop, and Storypick.
What do we do?
Gay Family Blog is an online forum and website for Gaysis with something to say, whether it’s personal opinions, coming out stories, poems, erotic fiction, book reviews, movie reviews, event notices or anything at all that is related to being Gaysi or Queer.
Since 2011 we have also managed to create offline spaces to screen queer films, hold book reading evenings, open mic event, called Dirty Talk, with known artists, celebrities and people from the queer community; and self publish a queer magazine, called The Gaysi Zine.
Dirty Talk, is primarily an open mic for and by the Queer community. We hosted the first edition of Dirty Talk in January 2012 during Mumbai Pride Week, and it was a roaring success with a turnout of over 100 people.
We chose to do an open-mic event because we find that it is what most closely relates to the Gaysi Blog. With Dirty Talk we have been successful in creating a space, where people can speak their minds (through poetry, prose, monologue, song, dance, standup etc), which in turn is the best translation of what we promote and like to promote online via our website.
Over the last 2 years, we have hosted six events and the money raised has been given to queer support groups pan India, and Mumbai Queer Pride Festivities. We have hosted these events at popular Mumbai hangouts and watering holes such as Big Nasty, Three Wise Men, The Little Door, Barking Deer Brewpub and Apicus Bar & Kitchen.
With performance gigs by well-known musicians & stand-up comedians like Ankur Tewari, Imaad Shah, Vasuda Sharma, Sidd Coutto, Ash Chandler, Sorabh Pant, Anuvab Pal, All India Backchod (AIB), etc.
Encouragement & Support extended by well-known celebrities like Stephen Fry (Dirty Talk was featured in his recently released BBC Queer documentary “Out There”), Imran Khan, Konkana Sen, Gul Panag & Kalki Koechlin.
The Gaysi Zine
The Gaysi Zine is a self-published print magazine aiming at making Queer as a more relatable everyday concept. We bring forth stories that are powerful and deserved to be printed.
The previous issue had writings from known authors like Parvati Sharma, Arunava Sinha, Benjamin Law, and was launched in Delhi last year at Max Mueller Bhavan.
We have partnered with various indie bookstores such as Foyles, and Gay’s The Word in UK and various local ones in India to sell the zine.
Essentially it has become our way of connecting more people in the broader community to much needed stories and resources that explore what it means to be queer.
Gaysi Social Media Presence