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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
Now in its fourth year, The Nigah QueerFest ‘10 is Delhi’s annual celebration of queerness. The festival this year brings back the curated film festival and our popular performance component along with a visual arts exhibition, workshops, and more.
As was mentioned in the Pride schedule, last Monday was the first meeting of family and friends of LGBT people in Bangalore. It was moderated by Vinay and organised by Docsid, and we are all excited at the response at the meeting. The discussion was honest and far-ranging, and the end, the participants decided to continue these meetings and also act as a support group for other parents. Vinay and Docsid did a marvellous job in pulling this off! Below is the report - it is rather long, but worth reading in full.
Lavender Nights III asks you to show your colors and express yourself for Bangalore Pride Week 2010
On 28th of November 2010, we are having our third queer pride march in Delhi. The march will start from Barakhamba at 3 pm and would end up at Jantar mantar at around 5.30 pm. We request you to come and speak, sing, read the judgement and anything that you want to do on this occasion. But please do give us your names and also what do you want to do.
Bengaluru Pride has started ! There are many diverse events - panel discussions, poetry, stories, art, photos, theatre, films, books, a mela and of course, the Pride March. We invite all of you and your friends to come and participate.
Delhi Queer Pride March will be held on November 28th this year.
To support the cause and show the spirit, Delhi Queer Pride Committee invites for a Fundraiser party. Your presence is your support. Lets spread the word.
Bengaluru will celebrate its third Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba in November this year. The Queer Habba events will be organised during the latter half of November and will culminate with the Pride March itself on Nov 28th (coincident with the Delhi Pride March). These events are being organised by CSMR (Campaign for Sexuality Minorities Rights), a collective of LGBTQ and allied groups in Bangalore.
With almost 5 months to go for Pride March on 30th Jan, 2011 the Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) committee has called for a meeting with all organizations, individuals and fellow queer friends concerned.
The city of Kovai celebrates it's very first month long Pride Festival, concluding with a Pride March on the 27th.
Cutting to the scene at Azad Maidan, honestly can’t say much...on second thoughts might as well get one of the journos covering the event to write this damn post ...since they were the ones hogging the attention of those in-charge and the most sought after.