The Q Musical

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The night before the republic dawn,
at the sea-kissed carter road amphitheater
YOU WILL WITNESS a tidal wave of musical performances.

BE THERE to experience and to shake a leg, a hip, your vocal cords,

join us as we rise up with the crescendo.
- equally and univocally FOR EQUALITY.

*because music, like love, knows no gender*

The Q Musical
@ The Cater Road Amphitheater
on Saturday 25 Jan 2014
from 05:30 pm onwards.

<details on performances to follow soon>

*This Is An INCLUSIVE Event
a part of the Qam Mumbai (Mumbai Pride Month) Celebrations

Best of KASHISH at NCPA

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kashish 1QAM 2014 EVENT: Film Screening + Dance Performance Combo = An entertaining evening of Dance & Drama!

The evening will feature award winning and popular films from KASHISH 2013, South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, alongwith a scintillating dance performance by Dancing Queens, India’s only transgender dance troupe.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in association with Dancing Queens and QAM presents:

Event:
Best of KASHISH film screening
& Dancing Queens dance performance

Date:
January 26th, 2013

Timing:
3pm to 9pm

Venue:
Little Theater
National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA)
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021
Phone:022 2282 4567

Let’s Make Some Posters

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Poster Making

Have you ever wondered who make those amazing posters for Mumbai pride march? The answer is ‘WE’.

We shall provide you everything, including cardboard, colors and appreciation! You just have to be there and put your pride expressions on canvas.

This is one of our mainstream events which pulls out so many curious eyeballs, so get ready to sensitize people about the queer issues and rights. You don’t have to be a queer or an artist to express yourself. If you believe in equal rights then you’ve qualified for this event.
Come and join us, Let’s create posters to make change.
When – 19/01/2014, By 2.00pm
Where – Gulabi Mela, No 97, Bhalla House, Opposite St Andrews Church (Near Kobe’s sizzler), Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050
How Much – Its FREE

Also,

When – 25/01/2014, By 5pm
Where – Q’Musical, The Cater Road Amphitheater
How Much – Its FREE

Contact Person
Ankit Bhuptani - Phone – +91 9920879663

Queer & Political

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Queer & PoliticalDate: 18th January 2014

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: Morello Hall , Holy Family Hospital, 6th Flr, Holy Spirit Complex, Hill Road, Bandra West

Please RSVP: queerandpolitical@gmail.com

Concept:

The Queer Movement in India is a little over 20 years old but is relatively still a new movement in the political landscape of the Indian Sub continent. The pre and post independent social movements in India have had a far reaching influence in our social ideologies, our value systems and our identity as Indian citizens. Besides the rhetoric of Indian identity, one asks what it means to be gay, queer , lesbian , transgender in the Indian context. How do the diverse social ideologies that pervade our existence further compound with our ideology of being Queer. These ideologies shape our politics, the candidates we vote for and the political parties we support.

Is our Queer identity influenced by other contemporary social movements or does it have its own identity? The time to ask this question has arrived.

After a long protracted legal fight in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court on section 377, we are back to ground zero. As a sexual minority community we are recriminalized and now face the uncertainty of several review petitions being heard out in the Supreme Court. We may face the prospect of our fate being decided by the Parliament. Our fate of not only being decriminalised but also having rights that uphold our dignity. But , do we think that our Parliamentarians are ready to discuss issues of sexual orientation in the Parliament and do you think they will do justice to these discussions.

The time for political dialogue amongst the queer community has arrived.

Can the Queer Movement in India continue to remain apolitical ?

Can the Queer movement only take another route to fight for its rights apart from legal protocol?

Is the Queer Movement a vote bank that can make a difference to election outcomes?

How do we interact with our elected representatives?

How do we let them know what we want as Queer Voting Citizens of this country?

For this we as queer citizens in India need a political ideology that is strategic, goal oriented and principled in our belief systems.

Queer & Political aims to ask all of the above questions. However to drive home the point lets ask a straightforward question

” As a queer citizen of India, whom will you vote for in 2014 and why ?”

Format:

1. As members of the queer community arrive, they will be asked to answer the above question on a graffiti wall. Individuals could choose to answer with names or anonymously.

2. 5 panelists – 2 gay men , 2 LB women and 1 transperson would constitute the panel.

3. The panelists would be required to read through the graffiti wall and take notes.

4. The gathering convenes and each of the panelists is given 7 minutes each to voice his/her personal opinions, analysis and conclusion of what is written on the graffiti wall. They can give their opinion on who they feel is a more promising candidate/party in the upcoming Parliamentary elections for the Queer community.

5. Post this exercise , the floor will be thrown open to the queer community. People can ask questions and panelists may choose to answer those questions. the question can also be answered by other queer community members in the audience.

6. The minutes of the proceedings will be made and a concise report of this exercise will be maintained.

Precautions:

1. Queer & Political is an absolute safe space for queer community members. Only Queer community members will be allowed for the discussion.

2. Attendees will be requested to RSVP for the FB event or send in an RSVP mail to queerandpolitical@gmail.com

3. There will be no cameras allowed inside and no pics will be entertained even on phones.

4. The transcription of the minutes will be anonymous and no quotes will be ascribed to any participant.

5. This is a no holds barred political discussion on being queer in India and all care will be taken to ensure that participants do not feel threatened in voicing their opinions.

6. No personal attacks or aggression will be tolerated.

7. Media is not allowed for this event.

Nagrik Nukkad (Citizenship Café)

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Nagrik Nukkad (Citizenship Café)
What is it: A two-hour long discussion that makes you a more empowered citizen of India, using the Preamble of the Indian Constitution as a core document, which details your rights and duties and the State’s responsibility towards you. The Nukkad is a space for dialogue on what it means to be an Indian citizen – irrespective of your sexuality – and provides, in very real terms, an understanding of just how valuable you are to your country.

Who are We, The People: For the last six years, We, the People – a collective committed to educating people about that sterling text, the Constitution of India – has been celebrating November 26 as ‘Constitution Day’. Each year, from November 26 to January 26, they hold a national campaign called Constitution Connect, in order to create awareness of what it means to be a citizen – not simply because you are born/naturalized into this country, but because of the values enshrined in the Constitution of India. In the past two months already, 23 Nukkads have been held across 12 locations across India, and over 800 people from all walks of life have been part of this.

Why this matters: Queer Ink is proud to collaborate with We, The People to spark this conversation to empower the queer community of India. The recent Supreme Court judgment on Section 377 affects our constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy, expression and equality, and left many of us with a disempowering sense of dejection and fear. It’s time we reclaim our dignity and awaken to just what exactly do the words, Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, mean to us on a real, everyday basis. Let’s discover the roles we play. Let’s get a sense of our power and its chummy accompaniment, duty.

Who can attend: Everybody. Parents, siblings, queer folk, straight folk, youngsters, old people. Everyone who wishes to feel empowered is welcome.

How much will it cost: At one level – everything. Your life’s at stake here. But if you’re talking about money, then there’s no charge. The workshop is free.

What’s the catch: You’re a smart one, and that’s why you need to be here. Mail us/ call us quickly because the workshop can only accommodate 25 people.

What do you bring along: Hope, and perhaps a lollipop for your facilitators

RSVP: events@queer-ink.com or call us at 022-65146967
Where: 403, Morya Landmark II, Opp Infinity Mall, Andheri West. (At the large Infinity Mall signal, turn right if you’re coming from Juhu side, or left, if you’re approaching from Goregaon/Malad)

Dushyantapriya: Marathi musical drama with a queer theme

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FIRST OF THE EXCITING QAM MUMBAI EVENTS TILL THE PRIDE MARCH 2014 !!!

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Attempting to break boundaries of conventions of love, marriage and gender stereotypes, Dushantapriya is the first ever queer adaptation of Shakuntalam

Ticket rates: Rs 500 / Rs 200 / Rs 150

You can book on:
http://events.ticketplease.com/Dushynatapriya/DushynatapriyaEventDetails.aspx?id=35&kp=vp
or
Contact Vicky Patil : 9730739225
or
Buy tickets at the venue

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“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field! I will meet you there.” says the 13th century poet Rumi. Taking the same line of thought and attempting to break boundaries of conventions of love, marriage and gender stereotypes, Dushantapriya is an inspiration from Kalidasa’s Sanskrit play Abhigyan Shakuntalam written by Sarang Bhakre.

This play within a play, has Rohit; a 20 something lad from small town Karjat playing the role of deer in the staging of Shakuntal. In an unforeseen circumstance, the girl playing Shakuntala leaves the play. Just two weeks are left for the opening of the play and this news sends shivers down the director’s spine. This is when Rohit offers to do the proxy of Shakuntala. He does it with such an ease that the director decides that all the women roles will be done by boys and they’ll meet the deadline. This puts two men Rohit and Sushil opposite each other on stage doing roles of lovers breaking the conventional boundary of man and woman! A character points out, “We have had a history of men doing the roles of women extraordinarily well…take Balgandharva for instance!” Now the fun does not stop here. Chetan and Abhi, two straight guys and befitting the macho stereotypes are forced to play Priyamvada and Anasuya, the friends of Shakuntala. This is completely unacceptable to Chetan and Abhi but keeping the job means doing the roles.

With such an intricate crisscross of emotions and blurring the ideas of gender & sexuality, this play intercuts between the real lives of these characters vis-à-vis the characters they are portraying on stage! Till now they had only heard that “life imitates art and vice-a-versa” but will this happen with them as well? How will Rohit differentiate between the character of a woman which he does with such ease and his real life? Will it have any impact on how he leads his own life? Will his suppressed emotions be let free with this? Will Sushil be able to reciprocate romantically to a man portraying the role of a woman? What effect will this have on his relationship with Rohit off-stage? How will the two straight men do the roles of women? Will they have some take away on gender and sexuality by the end of the play? To answer these questions and many more watch the first ever queer adaptation of Abhigyan Shakuntalam.

Contribute for PRIDE !!!

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Queer Azadi Mumbai is looking for enthusiastic volunteers, if you feel you are up for it then read on.

If you strongly feel like supporting Mumbai Pride Events and Pride walk but just can’t because of unforeseen circumstances, no issues! There are ways you can also contribute!

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Here are the options

1) Become a Volunteer
This is the most effective and constructive way to contribute towards Pride,
We are looking for volunteering with:
· Photography
· Videography
· Editing event videos
· Report Writers
· Crowd Managers
· On ground helpers
· Translators (English, Hindi, Marathi, other)

We will value efforts of our Volunteers and acknowledge them on our Official Facebook Page. If you wish to Volunteer then write to us qam.editorial@gmail.comor krishnas.ankit@gmail.com with subject as ‘QAM Volunteer’
For more info, you can also reach us on +91 9920879663 .

2) Spread the word

· You can also contribute towards Mumbai Pride by sharing QAM events through Facebook, Twitter, Watsapp, BBM etc.
· You can write about QAM on online social media spaces. Worthy articles will be shared on our Official Facebook Page.
· You can offer to stick QAM Calendar at your college or work place with permissions from concerned authorities.
· Inform friends and family about QAM events and activities.

3) Donate

Economical support is very constructive way to Support PRIDE!!
QAM is a completely non-profit collective that relies on people like you to keep up the momentum! Please donate generously to make this year’s QAM more memorable and eventful than before! Rest assured that every rupee that you give will be well spent!

Ways to Donate

· Online Donation
Please email qam.editorial@gmail.com with a request to donate and we will provide you with NEFT details of our account.

· Donate In Cash
o You will find Our Official QAM Box at our all QAM Pride Events
o You can also donate at the following address
The Humsafar Trust, 3rd Floor, Manthan Plaza, Naheru Road, Near Vakola Market, Vakola, Santacruz (East), Phone – +91 22 26673800
Donate by Cheque
You can drop your cheque at the following address

The Humsafar Trust, 3rd Floor, Manthan Plaza, Nehru Road, Near Vakola Masjid, Vakola, Santacruz (East), Mumbai- 55, Phone – +91 22 26673800

Queer Musical, Call For Entries

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Are you a singer? well, not the bathroom ones. the stage types?
do you mimic? asking, because we have an audience for you
any instrument that you know to play and want to flaunt?
do you wish to shake a leg and get all groovy?
do you have something to say? and want to say it aloud in the form of a spoken word piece?
or do you have some other innovative dhaansu idea?
send it to us.
you could mail us at harish.iyer@hotmail.com (Subject : QUEER MUSICAL) or call at 9833100340. do send us links of your work, if any.

we are inviting entries for one of the most exciting events of Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride Month (The Mumbai Pride Month) – THE QUEER MUSICAL. Last few years we had the event in the sea-kissing carter road amphitheater. We hope to hold it there this year too. This year the event is on Saturday 25 January 2014. (the day before republic day)

The Pride is an event where all sexualities march together claiming their right of an equal share of the sun above and earth below and spaces in between. The Pride and the event preceding it is an assertion of the fact that we exist, and we are not a number, we are but a formidable force that celebrates its existence.

Chalo jaldi karo.. send us your entries. 

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The Amazing Q Hunt 2014, Call For Entries

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The Amazing Q Hunt 2014

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January 26, 2014, 8:00am onwards

On our Republic Day, rise early, get ready, wear your running shoes and step out to experience the city like never before. Coz we are back this year to make you run, sweat, stimulate your guts and tantalise your senses with The Amazing Q Hunt – 2014, the ride of the year.

Explore Mumbai with brave adventures. Walk through the streets, speak with the locals, hop in and out of BEST buses and local trains. But you gotta think, slog to find your way. Every stop is a new challenge. This is no ordinary race, this is The Amazing Q-Hunt.

Starts at 8:00am at a location riddled only to the participants.

Each entry will consist of two persons.

Registration cost is Rs. 800* per entry plus a completion deposit of Rs. 200* which will be given back only after completion of the race. The entry charge goes towards the expenses, including travel across the city. The rules and regulations shall be explained at the start of the event.

Register by paying cash at the following events / venues:

Dushyantapriya
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Veer Savarkar Sabhagruha
Shivaji Park, Dadar
3:00pm-6:00pm

Queer Games & Kite Flying
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Juhu Beach
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Gulabi Mela / Q fete
January 19, 2014
Bhalla House, Nr. Kobe’s Sizzlers,
Hill Road, Bandra (W)
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Please contact me at these events for registration

You can also coordinate via email on theamazingqhunt@gmail.com

* Before January 20, 2014. From January 21, 2014, the total registration cost will be Rs. 1,500

We are also looking for volunteers. Those interested, please mail in to the email address above with ‘Volunteer’ as subject

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Pictures Against Prejudice, Call For Entries

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In light of the recent Supreme COurt ruling re-criminalising homosxuality in India, the theme of Pictures Against Prejudice has been changed to ‘In and out of the Closet’.
Entries are welcome from all over the world – photos/cartoon/caricature – and the last day to submit is 15th January, 2014.

Have a look at our Last Year Collection here

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Send your Art Work on team.getoverit@gmail.com

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