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A Month of Pride and Party Pooping

As we walked towards the exit we had the venue staff telling us that we could not leave since there were police outside. A guy wearing a pony tail, beard, kohl eyed and wearing a vest was standing there instructing the police to go and check on the party. His name is Haji Ahmed Sahab Bawa (HASB) claiming to be a member of the NCP. He also was showing videos that he had clicked inside the party.

Protest Against Political Homophobia

Haji Ahmed Sahab Bawa, a Muslim rightwinger, screamed and name called 270 guests and cops watched meekly, until we decided enough is enough, people mustered courage and took the fight to the police station...and after 2 hours of 50 odd people standing outside the station, we were told there was nothing wrong with party, all the permissions were in place and it was wrong that the party was stopped.

Queer Pride : Bangalore 2011

The Bangalore Pride Week was a huge success. The cricket match, the panel discussion, garage sale, kooth party and the march. There is so much to tell. It was festive and nice. The entire queer community in Bangalore was excited. A lot of people contributed in several ways. Oh and of course, there were sex toys, kissing booths and many such scandalizing things.

The Indians Without Laws

Forget willing your property to a long-time partner, the law doesn’t recognise her; Don’t dance too hard in a gay party, you could be booked for indecent behaviour; Facing domestic

Magazines From Chennai For Queers

Priya M Menon, TNN | Nov 9, 2011

 

Chennai: They were once a silent part of society, but the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender (LGBT) community has been striving

Q Fest 2011 in Pune Needs Funds!!

Open Space, Birds of a Feather, The Queer Chronicle and a group of very enthusiastic volunteers worked tirelessly for 3 months to create Pune’s first queer film festival, The Q Fest’10. The festival was attended by over 400 people on both days.

Pink Shades at MAMI

Gone are the days when a gay man was always a limp-wristed comic character who was ridiculed, shunned or beaten up. Even mainstream actors are not afraid to play out gay, lesbian, transgender character or situation. But do these characters have depth and detailing, or are they merely for a sensational spin? Where does censor become an impediment in depicting something meaningful and serious? And do they have an audience at all?

Non-hijra Transgenders Struggle For Identity

Hijra isn’t the only transgender identity. There are others, such as female-to-male transgenders, who don’t draw attention to themselves, and struggle to find recognition as anything but a ‘deviant’ community, …

GB Party (Mumbai) Cancelled : Moral Policing Continues…

That day the venue was visited or called by (a) the excise department, (b) the entertainment tax department, (c) the guys in charge of the public performing license (for the DJ music) and (d) a group of plainclothes guys, from which part of the police is unclear, who walked up to the manager and asked if there was a gay party (chakke log ka party) there that night, and when the manager said yes, he was told he better cancel it or there would be trouble.
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