Listen to Mumbai's best Queers and Queer supporter bands playing for QUeer Azaadi Mumbai's Pride week this January.
Thank you all for participating in the T-Shirt slogan contest! We got a lot of great slogans both here, as comment, and on Twitter. They ranged from witty to profound to defiant and silly.
Ek Madhavbaug & Dancing Queens will be performed on 26th January 2011 as part of QAM Pride Week Celebrations and Fund raiser.
The eighteen stories in this collection are prize winners in their own way. Each story deals with relationships – love, confusion, contentment, desire, fear, hurt, happiness, bitterness, victory, or loss – in a slightly different context. Natarajan highlights different aspects of gay life, and shows how these men yearn for the same things everybody yearns for – acceptance and a fulfilling life.
Be it lucky draw for prizes, fancy outfit auction or Improv Comedy Theatre workshop, Hair and Make up workshop or learning to dance Jazz , it’s all under one roof. If you are in no mood to be participative, you can get clicked by our photographer with funky Rainbow props, do a tarot card reading or buy a variety of Queer Books, chic clothes and funky jewellery (credit card facilities available).
Hey Gaysi, Pride March To You Means? [ Pick any two ]
Visibility and Representation of Queer folks
A way to get the media talking about the queer community
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.
Get dressed for pride 22nd - 28th January 2011 ...evenings with film screenings book readings and a whole lot of shopping and getting styled ..
Gaybombay, as a safe, social space for the gay community, has pledged its support to the March, and encourages the gay community to participate in it. In order to better support this initiative, we would like to announce a fund-raiser party.
Remember our T-shirt contest? We're having one again! Some of us have been super busy, representing Gaysi, and actively supporting QAM with their events & the upcoming Pride march. And to show our further support, we've decided to hold a slogan contest.
*An open call to community writers, singers, poets, authors, musicians, performance artists*
Queer ink announces a special Queer Azaadi Mumbai production..
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.
This year, QAM (Queer Azaadi Mumbai) is bigger, bolder and out there, doing a week full of festivities and events in different pockets of Mumbai between 22nd and 29th January, 2011 - from movie screenings, plays, meet-the-author to drag shows, street performances and graffiti and finally, the much awaited Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March!
We invite you to join us in this celebration and protest and to raise your voice against the discrimination!
Given the roaring success of Q-Fest Pune 2010, it would have been difficult to digest the fact that 10 years ago, being gay in Pune was almost equivalent to a life sans social interaction. With the renowned Sambhaji Garden at Deccan and unsavory loo-cruising, the only means of interaction with the queer community, it indeed was a sea change for many in Pune, to witness the metamorphosis.
Screening of queer movies '1977' and ' More than a friend' followed by a discussion to be led by members of LABIA (Lesbians And Bisexual In Action).
This is an attempt to create awareness and sensitize people about queer issues which are so rarely if at all talked in public. It is also an initiative to mobilize people to participate in the Queer Azadi March, Mumbai 2011.
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.
It was a jubilant warm November afternoon. More than 3000 colorful people, irrespective of their gender identity, participated in the march, and danced like crazy to the beats of ‘dhol’. Last year, I felt alienated amongst them but this time I felt like I belonged there. It felt right. Though I wonder if there is really a change in the perception. There were not many people wearing masks or veils. Many were open with big smiles to the shutter of the thousand cameras.
As soon as we walked in we were surrounded by a world of some beautiful and some not so beautiful men (euphemism for ugly). They were there in all shapes, colors and sizes. And it was undoubtedly a celebration of physical perfection. You had to preen, pout, parade and of course pray that you were not missed by the hunk you were gazing at while sipping on some terrible house wine. Thankfully for me, after being offered BJs from complete strangers (which statistically can be broken down to 15% flattering and 85% grossing out at the same time) and being ass pinched for the 70th time (bum still raw and healing after that night of pinching- nope you perv. nothing else happened!), I met an old acquaintance, lets call him Hardy Boy.
A queer cultural festival you don't wanna miss! The event is being held in association with OpenSpace India's Queer Film Festival 2010. Email: QFest.Pune2010@gmail.com