in association with
(Glimpses of Bollywood’s dancing divas)
‘Dancing Queens’ is a performance by drag queens of aamchi Mumbai. They will walk you through some of best Hindi film dance numbers filmed on Bollywood divas.
The proceeds of the event will be used to (partly) meet expenses of the Queer Azaadi March to be held on 16 August 2009.
Come and encourage the dancing divas.
Venue and time details of ‘Dancing Queens’: 1 August 2009 at 6 p.m. at Kherwadi Social Welfare Community Center (Parishram Bhawan), Near Nirmal Nagar Police Station, Kherwadi, Bandra (East), Mumbai.
Nearest station: Bandra.
Location map for Nirmal Nagar Police Stn: http://tinyurl.com/NirmalNgrYahoo
Tickets are available at:
Humsafar Trust : (Manisha / Girish) Ph: (022) 26650547 / 26673800
Humsafar CEFE: (Dyaneshwar Raut) Ph: (022) 65760357
Update: Some pics of the event can be seen here: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/abhijit.aher/DancingQueenEvent#
Minutes of 25 July meeting at Awaaz-e-Niswaan posted here
The next planning meeting for the QAM 2009 will be:
Date: Saturday 25, July 2009
7/1, Sarabhai HassanAli Roopwala Bldg, 1st floor,
Moreshwar Patankar Marg (Pipe Line Road) पाइप लईन रो़ड़
Kurla West, Mumbai – 400070 (26523402)
When you come out of Kurla station, take the first right lane adjoining the Police Station. Its a crowded lane. After walking a few min and crossing the Moreshwar Patankar School, its a white building on your right. You can see the board of Awaaz-e-Niswan. Entrance is next to a medical store.
Also accessible by all buses coming to Kurla Station कुर्ला स्थानक के लिये सारे बस जो आते हैं.
All LGBTI-identified individuals and organisations are welcome and encouraged to attend.
presents Queer Nazaria
‘We won. We are legal’ On 2nd July 2009, the LGTBI community has been decriminalised by the High Court decision in Delhi which read down Section 377 of the IPC. It is the achievement of a long term struggle which opens a new era of freedom for sexual minorities in India. This milestone judgement, which gave us recognition, opens the doors towards inclusiveness, social and cultural acceptance and further gains in areas of civil, political and human rights. ‘There is a long road ahead to end discrimination, to ensure equal rights and the ability to exercise them are in place’, states Sunil Gupta, a Delhi based photographer and openly gay man. The spirits are high and with this first stunning achievement, we are full of hope that many more victories are to come. The film program takes us to different parts of the world and attempts to look at the queer individual and the LGTBI community in society and society’s gaze back. Glancing at this reflected image, the question that manifests asks – is it enough that a society only protects us with a set of rights or do we also need the freedom to act as who we are within that society. Legal recognition and human rights are very important but social acceptance is equally, if not more, crucial. These films will extend this essential idea of acceptance to include our sexuality, our gender presentation, our choice of sex work as livelihood, and how we love.
After each film there will be an informal discussion to share points of view amongst the audience. This film program is a teaser to relish before the Queer Azaadi Mumbai March on 16thAugust, which kicks off at August Kranti Maidan in which we will celebrate diversity and proudly state ‘hum sab ek hai’.
The Queer Azaadi March (QAM) is the collective result of several of Mumbai’s very own LGBTI individuals and organizations. This is our home, and QAM is our march together for the freedom of expression of our sexual identities and pride in being ourselves. QAM ’09 looks forward marching together with our family, friend, supporters and the people of our much loved city toward a better future for Mumbai’s queers, for acceptance, tolerance and understanding of our lives and personalities.
We would like to thank all the artists, producers and distributors for giving us their oeuvres free of cost. We are also thankful to the Alliance Française de Bombay for giving us their auditorium and screening facilities. Without this generosity we wouldn’t have been able to bring you these films.
Friday 31st July 2009 @ 6.30 pm
Alliance Française de Bombay – 40 Theosophy Hall – Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 40002