Monthly Archives: August 2008

Press release


August Kranti Maidan to Girgaum Chowpatty
16th August 2008
Starts at 2 pm

Ab Azaadi door nahin….

India achieved Independence on 15th August 1947, but its countless queer citizens are still not free. We have no rights, and a British Raj law (Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code) treats us as criminals. That is why we’ve chosen 16th August (one day after India’s Independence Day) as Queer Azadi Diwas, so that we may be seen and heard, and to bring to the notice of both our society and our government issues that concern us.

Who is ‘queer’ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, hijra, transgender, kothi, panthi, intersex… all who identify with words like these have gathered here today under the umbrella of the “queer” community.

This event is not just for the queer communities. Our family members and friends will join us on the march, along with NGOs, women’s groups, human rights organizations, and trade unionists; educational institutions and their students.

We invite you to join us on our march as well and to raise your voice along with ours.
Aanchal Trust, Astitva, Dai Welfare Society, GayBombay, Humsaaya, Humsafar Trust, INFOSEM, Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action, Queer Media Collective, Rainbow Pride Connexion, Sakhi Char Chowghi, Salvation Star, Sarathi, Symphony in Pink
For more details:


1) Humsafar Trust: Is an organisation with a holistic approach to the rights and health of sexual minorities, and promotes rational attitudes to sexuality. It was set up in April 1994 by a group of self-identified homosexual men who wanted to reach out to the MSM (men who have sex with men) population in the Mumbai metro and surrounding areas. The Trust has been working in the area of HIV intervention in Mumbai and Thane district with the MSM/Hijra population for more than a decade now.
Contact: Ashok Row Kavi (9820330169) Nitin Karani (98200 92561)

2) GayBombay is a safe, social space for the gay community in the city of Bombay. Founded in 1998, its activities include Sunday meets (regular and special subjects), film festivals, treks, parties and many others. The website is http://www.gaybombay. org and its mailing list gaybombay @ has over 5000 active members.
Contact: Vikram (

3) LABIA (Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action): Is an autonomous and non-funded queer feminist collective of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, since 1995. Our activities have included networking with individual queer women as well as queer groups in India and in other countries, campaigning for the rights of peoples and communities of marginalised genders and sexualities with other like minded groups, and organising jointly with the struggles of other marginalised groups, feminist and people’s movements.
Contact: 9833278171

4) Aanchal Trust: Was set up to counsel and support Indian women questioning their sexuality, regardless of caste, class, creed, religion and economic status, and in complete confidentiality. It aims to work towards the creation of safe spaces in India for women’s sexual and mental health issues, free from isolation and fear.
INFOSEM (India Network For Sexual Minorities) is a collective national effort by sexual minorities to ensure equality for themselves in all spheres of life, free from discrimination
Contact: Geeta Kumana

5) Salvation Star’s vision is to create a progressive LGBT lifestyle through specialised and quality events and entertainment, & foster a healthy, safe, and fun LGBT community culture
Contact: Nakul (98205 16912)

6) Symphony in Pink: SIP is a social group that provides a space for lesbians who want to meet other lesbians in Mumbai. We get together for fun and enjoy many social activities including movie nights, weekends, pubbing, friendly sports and just plain hanging out. The idea is simply to get women who love women together in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere to meet and mingle.

Other contacts:
• Lakshya Trust (Baroda and Surat) — Manvendra Singh Gohil (93230 49357)
• Sarathi (Nagpur) — Anand (93256 32795) Email:
• Samapathik Trust (Pune) – Bindumadhav Khire (09890744677)

Come to QAM 2008


16th August 2008
Time: 2 pm to 4:30 pm
The march will start at
August Kranti Maidan
 and end at
Girgaum Chowpatty
Route is August Kranti Maidan to Nana Chowk – take Kennedy Bridge – turn right on to S V Patel Road (also known as Sandhurst Road) and reach Sukh Sagar – climb the bridge to Chowpatty

Media will be present at the march, and if this is an issue for you, we will be providing masks. But we urge you not to let this be an overriding concern for one simple reason – there are going to be many more than just queer people at the march. There are many others who are coming like and they will make this march really special.So please consider coming,and please consider bringing your family and friends too.