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“Raise Your Rainbow”…Join Us @ Humsafar Trust to celebrate

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Raise your Rainbow- A QAM Event
Date: 2 July 2012
Venue : HST DIC, Vakola

Queer Azaadi Mumbai(QAM) will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the Delhi High Court Verdict on 2nd July 2012. QAM will be celebrating this event with the theme “Raise your Rainbow”. One of the activities under this theme will be a get together of all queer supporters to celebrate this event. The event will be held at The Humsafar Trust , Drop In Centre at Vakola from 6 pm onwards till 9 pm.

This event will not be structured and the community and its supporters are free to “Raise their Rainbows” in a spontaneous manner. We will be having the following activities that have been decided by QAM to provide the community a platform

1. Slide show of all the Pride Pics 2009-2012 on the Screen

The slide show will run throughout the length of the program and will be a compilation of images available in public domain of all the Pride Parades and QAM events held so far.

2. Screening of 365 without 377 (subject to permissions)…others docus welcome

This is a documentary that was produced when we celebrated the first anniversary of section 377 at Azaad Maidan and will be played for those who have still not seen it. Apart from the 3 main protagonists it includes a whole host of people who have made QAM events successful and fun.

3. Arrangement of Speakers and mike for an Open Mike session – Theme: Raise your Rainbow

A mike will be organized for anyone who would like to raise their rainbow with an impromptu speech , poem , song or even plain “naarebaazi” to motivate the supporters.

4. Dancing Queens To Raise their Rainbow

A performance from “amchya Sundaris” who will bring in the anniversary with their matkas , jhumkas and their ghungroos.
The venue will be decorated in Pride Colours and we hope the community will join in to Celebrate the occasion.

The evening will be emceed by Praful , Pallav and Harish .

Dress Code:

Wear your Pride Colours

Dos & Donts:

· All supporters irrespective of sexual orientation and identity are welcome.

· Do not abuse the place by smoking,alcohol or any form of substance abuse such as gutkha, weed etc. the building is a no-smoking zone

· HST is a safe space and we request that the space or the event is not used for sex , sexual advances that may make participants/supporters feel insecure.

Please feel free to invite your friends to the celebrate with us

the short link to the facebook event is  http://bit.ly/qam2julyevent

 

Aside

2 July 2012 will be the 3rd year anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Indian LGBTIQ history, the reading down of section 377 by theDelhiHigh Court thereby decriminalising consensual same sex relationships.  These last 3 years have seen the LGBTIQ community bloom in Mumbai  especially with the emergence of a rich and diverse queer culture characterised by its parties, pride marches , on ground activism be it against TV channels or the police. While we revel in this open culture , we must remember to not be complacent yet.  The verdict of  the section 377 battle is yet to be announced by the Supreme court. We yet have 17 SLPs challenging the decriminalisation and queer parties still get raided, as the community gets discriminated time and again.

We hope that the coming days help us march forward as a community and our Government and Judiciary  do not slip back into any regressive stands or policies. This 3rd year anniversary hence is not only a time to celebrate but also remind this country that we wait with bated breath in the coming days to see what the LBTIQ community will have to face.

On this occasion Queer Azadi Mumbai  urges one and all to be  a part of the 2nd July celebration by “Raising your Rainbow”. How do we raise our rainbows?

(That is totally upto you and your creative self and your comfort levels, but we outline some of the activities below.)

  1. Wear a pride accessory, an earring , a bracelet , a bandana , a cap , a haversack
  2. Carry a Pride flag on your car , on you , on your work table, or from your balcony
  3. Meet up at local restaurants , clubs or shops and sport your pride wear or accessory
  4. Go for your morning jog in Pride Colours , wear a Pride tie to work
  5. Just pray to mother nature for a rainbow in the sky
  6. Just be creative and invent more ways to Raise your Rainbow

By doing so i.e. any of this OR some unique creative rainbow rising, you would individually contribute to making this world a more colourful, equal and happy place. We want this activity to be spread across the city ofMumbai and you do not need to be in one place , venue , or at any particular time to Raise your Rainbow. What matters is that we spread message of equality and celebrating differences that needs to reach more and more people

Please remember to report what you are going to do on the QAM FB page / tag us on twitter and we will ensure to let everyone know how you are Raising your Rainbow!!

 

 

Raise your Rainbow on 2 July 2012