The Bangalore Pride week was kickstarted on the 19th of November with a Cricket match at Hombegowda Grounds. It wasn’t advertised as much as the other events, hence the turn out wasn’t great. One of the organizers got on the mic and announced "We are gays, lesbians, hijras, kothis, transgenders... we are having a friendly cricket match today as part of pride, will you celebrate with us and play our game?” A bunch of guys who were hanging around on the grounds stayed to play.
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.
Date: 27th November, 2011
Time: 2PM (Assembly)
Venue: Tulasi Park near Majestic Bus stand (and march to Town Hall)
Calling all queer, intersex, transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual people and comrades, friends, families and supporters to march along as we lay claim to this city once again!
Amaltas and Humsafar Trust are organizing 3 consultations in November 2011 in Chennai, Baroda and Bhubaneshwar. We would like to invite the LGBT community to participate in this one day consultation. Your insights and advice would be very valuable.
Broom and MJ found that among the desi lesbian community, there was need for a space where they could ‘come out’, even if it meant only to themselves.
‘365 without 377’ is the story of their journey towards freedom.
Mrs. Keya Ghosh is a lawyer with the High Court at Calcutta. She has been a professor of English Literature at various colleges, as well as a lecturer in law. She is also a LGBTQI Rights Activist, and is one of the petitioners in the Parents' petition against Section 377,presented at the Supreme Court of India.
This movie discusses the issue of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India after the repeal of the 377 verdict through the eyes of three protagonists joining the 1 year celebration in Mumbai.
Filmmaker Sonali Gulati's documentary "I Am" delves into the world of homosexuals, their struggle to come out to their families and friends.
Researchers at the Jindal Law school are filing a petition in favour of the Naz foundation petition in the Supreme Court this Friday. For this reason, they are doing an empirical study to assess the positive impact that the High Court Judgment in the S. 377 case has had on the LGBT community in DELHI.
Priya had so much fun marching. "I was very excited and happy to be part of Chennai's first pride march. I wanted to show to my brother and the rest of the world, how much I support him. I wanted to show people that simple gestures like this from family member mean a lot to our gay brothers & sons".
QAM 2011 Flag of speech by Sonal Giani. The same has been translated from Hindi to English by Gaysi reader, Anwesha.
January 29th, 2011 was an incredible day on several accounts. (Many of which are not PG-13, so let’s skip those parts.) It was the day of the much-awaited (read: 18 months) Queer Azaadi March – my first ever out and proud march on the streets of Mumbai.
This is to inform everyone that there has been a significant development in the S.377 case in the Supreme Court today. All the final applications for interventions by parties interested in the Delhi High Court verdict came up before a bench comprising of Justices Singhvi and Ganguly. These included a few against the Delhi High Court verdict, but also for the first time, applications from civil society supporting it.
Breaking News – Oprah is the reason Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code was repealed! Absolutely! She is the reason why our play in the bedroom [ or any other room of your preference. Please remember obscenity laws were not repealed. Still in effect ] is now A-Ok !
We kick start Queer Azadi Mumbai's Pride Week festivities with a screening of this remarkable documentary on the queer community in India. Featuring interviews with queer men and women, straight supporters and parents.
Comparing the Queer scenario in India to that in the West is like comparing Karela (Bitter Gourd) to an Apple. Although both belong to the Edible Fruit family; Apple is what we are trained to like right from infancy...as for Karela, it’s shrugged aside for its ugly appearance, bitter taste and we couldn’t give a damn about all the goodness it contains.
We invite you to join us in this celebration and protest and to raise your voice against the discrimination!
We can always sit back and pass judgement on how it should have been organised or could have been organised and what was wrong with it and how other places do it better. Or - we could make ourselves useful and actually contribute towards making this a successful and happy march.