Monthly Archives: November 2012

India’s 10 day Galaata Against Uganda’s Kill Gay Bill!

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On this World AIDS day 1st December 2012, the sexual minority groups in Mumbai under the aegis of Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) protest the plight of our fellow community members in Uganda, now facing an imminent legislation where death sentences and life imprisonment are being contemplated by their Parliament.

The Indian LGBT communities condemn the government of Uganda and urge it to follow the directions of the UN Charter on Human Rights where LGBT citizens of a country must be treated equally without discrimination and freedom to follow their right to happiness. The Indian sexual minority communities urge the Ugandan government not to come under pressure from fundamentalist groups andlegislate discrimination against helpless and voiceless communities which only wish to exist in peace as a fundamental right.

The current HIV prevalence in Uganda is estimated at 6.5 percent among adults and 0.7 percent among children. HIV prevalence is higher in urban areas (10 percent) than rural areas (6 percent). An estimated 43 percent of new infections occur among people engaged in “mutually monogamous” heterosexual relationships. (ref: http://www.avert.org/)

Women are disproportionately affected, accounting for 57 percent of all adults living with HIV.

The number of new infections (an estimated 120,000 in 2009) exceeds the number of annual AIDS deaths (64,000 in 2009), and it is feared HIV prevalence in Uganda may be rising again.

In spite of the above statistics the Ugandan Government is pushing to implement an Anti –Gay bill that will only drive an already stigmatized population underground. In fact gay men find no mention in Uganda’s strategy for HIV prevention.

This will create fear of access to services and absence of health seeking behaviour amongst gay men and increase the HIV prevalence amongst them in a country where already there are one million people living with HIV.

QAM urges the Government of India and its Parliament to protest against the move by Ugandan Government to criminalize same-sex behaviour with all its other implications.

As an Indian community that is affected by similar Common Wealth Laws, we hope that the Indian Government continues to end discrimination against its LGBTI communities. We hope that the verdict in section 377 case be announced and positive steps to end the stigma and discrimination in India are followed.

QAM will meet on 1st December 2012 at The Humsafar Trust to be a part of the World AIDS day activity as well as participate in an HIV/AIDS march on 4th December 2012 to highlight the issue of discriminating laws and policies that devastate LGBTI communities in Uganda.

In view of the developments in Uganda and the health and human rights issues that it would raise, we have decided to protest from AIDS day to Human Rights day and our protest would be called

“India’s 10 day Galaata Against Uganda’s Kill Gay Bill”

‘Queer’ stands for all LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) as well as for Hijra, Kothi, Panthi individuals. This is a sexual minority group not accepted by Indian society that recognises only two genders and considers only heterosexual relationships valid. Queer Azaadi March(QAM) is an expression, a voice, a celebration and a platform to ask for equal rights of these individuals conducted in form of an annual parade in Mumbai. QAM also advocates for LGBTI equality through media, new age media and more importantly in real spaces.

Contact:
Pallav Patankar: 9619012251
Harish Iyer : 9833100340

Please find a PDF copy of this press release here.

Mumbai Pride March on February 2, 2013

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It’s official now!

Mumbai Pride March on February 2, 2013

Please mark your calendar and plan your holidays in advance.
Pride week flags off on January 26, 2013! Planning begins now. Do take part in planning and organizing the event and attend pride planning meetings.
Watch this space for updates. To receive email updates, hit the follow button on the sidebar.

.QAM 2013 Date AnnouncementPhotograph courtesy : Sachin Jain

Yaariyan’s Q-Fete aka Gulaabi Mela – A QAM Fundraiser on 02 Dec 12

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ImageYaariyan’s  Q-fete or Gulabi Mela, an Unique Event which will be a Fundraiser for Mumbai Pride! Come join us with you friends to experience food, drinks, games, tarot reading, Queer Books, awesome accessory stalls, exotic underwear, along with makeovers, workshops, DJ and a dance floor! Everything you can imagine and more!

Where : MoonGlow Lounge, above Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Juhu (Next to Prithvi Theatre) (You  need to take the spiral staircase on the left side of Gloria Jean’s)

When : SUNDAY, 2nd December 2012, 2pm-9pm

How much : Rs. 30/- (Yes, just THIRTY) uptil 5pm
Rs. 50 after 5pm to enter the first and only all day party and fair yet and all of this goes to QAM so show up in huge numbers.

WorkShops:

3:30pm – Face Reading and Numerology workshop

4:30pm – Street Jazz workshop

5:30pm – Live Musical Performance

6pm – War of Go-Go Boys!

6:30 pm onwards : Gossip’d DJ Nik will set the dancefloor on Fire!

Note :
1.You have to be 18 years old or above to attend this event.
2.Alcohol will only be served to those over 21years of age.
3.Smoking is not permitted on the premise.
4.Drugs and other illegal substances are strictly prohibited.
5.Outside Food and Drinks are not allowed.

to connect to the facebook event CLICK HERE

Yaariyan’s Pink Mumbai Darshan (fundraiser)

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In an era of internet dating, we have forgotten the good old days of cruising and the infamous hotspots of Mumbai, it’s time for us to rediscover that almost forgotten heritage with people who lived through those heydays of non internet cruising spots. We bring you this time a one of a kind – never done before – Queer Mumbai Darshan.We invite you to join us aboard our Yaariyan tour bus as we take you through a unique experience through space and time and tell you about the pink pages out of Mumbai’s history books; while we visit important cruising, social and cultural spaces of the city.

Time : 3pm onward on Sunday 4th November 2012

Place : The Humsafar Drop in Centre, 3rd Floor, Manthan Plaza, Vakola Market, Mumbai.

Note : Pre-registration is essential to guarantee a seat on the bus (Call Kam 9768965825 to Register)

Cost : Rs. 200 (includes transport, food and drinks) and all the it goes towards Mumbai Pride Walk 2013

We begin at 3 at the Humsafar Office at Vakola, where we have some yummy h’orderves and Mocktails to build up strength for the journey ahead while we give you a brief introduction of the tour and of the Mumbai Gay scene before the Internet age and how queer organizations and spaces came about.

Then we climb the Yaariyan tour bus and drive through the city stopping at various special queer spaces.

A few of the highlights of the tour is going to the famous and infamous Maheshwari garden. Which on Sundays turns into a social spaces for gay men.

We also, walk past VooDoos touted to have been Mumbai’s first and only club that catered to gay men.

And we end it all at Gokul Bar over food and drinks, the watering hole at Colaba which used to be a regular haunt for many a gay man in the early years.

Contribution: The contribution for this event is a mere Rs. 200 per head, ALL of which will be forwarded to the Queer Azaadi March – Mumbai.

Please call or SMS and tell us if you would like to attend in advance so that we can block a seat for you Kam 9768965825

So dont miss this amazing opportunity to check out the gay sights and sounds of the city of Mumbai