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

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  1. We have a great gay hero of historical eminence. Besides choosing a Grand Marshal for your Pride Parade in 2013, I urge you to announce Bradley Manning as your Honorary Grand Marshal (even while he is being held by the Army and is on trial at that time). Below there are testaments to the effect of his brave act of providing Wiki-Leaks with information. His present and historical eminence is as great as that of Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks, Daniel Ellsberg, etc.

    I was disheartened for a while that so many gays, along with the general population, did not recognize the name Bradley Manning although they may have heard of Wiki-leaks being fed so much of their revelations by Manning. The greatest of U.S. whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsburg, is almost adamant in calling Bradley Manning his “hero.” Manning’s release of materials to Wiki-leaks started revolutions and, as he sees it, made internal dialogue possible about U.S. war crimes. If you don’t know his story — e.g., the conditions of his long, initial solitary confinement that the U.N. defined as torture — you are bound to hear it, but now is the crucial time when his future will be determined by the Army (not a progressive institution). Among sources of information: bradleymanning.org

    With Manning’s trial coming on 1 June, all informed, progressive people will be urging the release of Manning, but as a gay man I have to believe that we will show our awareness that we have a living hero, equivalent to any other in U.S. history, and in gay history. Support a great gay American when it counts most, rather than let him slide into dark years of prison life and then lament not having been faithful to another moral champion. We can stop his virtual assassination. Each time he testifies, his words, like those of other historical figures we admire, reveal a lucid intelligence and clear-headed morality. How can we assure that the gay community will provide Bradley Manning at least this much help as he faces Army judges, and let them know that they must not once again be ignorant of the moral imperatives that make gay people strong and united. If any of you know who we may importune that Bradley Manning be made Honorary Grand Marshal of the 2013 Pride Parade, please do a group response so we can all be working toward that end. (I imagine that Daniel Ellsburg and others would be willing to speak in his place or represent him in absence). More about his eloquent testimony:

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/03/04-3

    By Raf Sanchez, Fort Meade, Maryland

    4:12PM GMT 28 Feb 2013

    Private First Class Bradley Manning said he had a “clear conscience” as he pleaded guilty to ten of the 22 charges case against him and admitted for the first time stealing hundreds of thousands of secret files.

    “I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan was a target that needed to be engaged and neutralised but people struggling to live in the pressure cooker of asymmetric warfare,” the 25-year-old told a military court.

    His guilty pleas to charges of unlawfully storing and disseminating classified information, as well breaching military discipline, carry a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

    Prosecutors are continuing with the remaining 2 charges and will press for life imprisonment as they argue that the leaks directly benefitted al-Qaeda.

    The young soldier revealed for the first time how he approached both The New York Times and The Washington Post with the archive of US secrets but was brushed off by both newspapers and turned instead to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

    Pfc Manning described how he decided to begin leaking while serving as a junior intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009-10, where he came across detailed war logs that he believed were among “the most significant documents of our time”.

    He also accessed a 39-minute video showing Apache helicopter pilots laughing during a 2007 attack in Baghdad that killed a number of civilians and a Reuters journalist.

    “They seemingly delighted in the bloodlust they had,” Pfc Manning said. “For me this seemed similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass.”

    Describing his motivations for the leak, he also said he had been ordered to help Iraqi police track down a group of militants producing anti-government propaganda. As he examined their leaflets he realised they were in fact a “scholarly critique” of then-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

    When he objected to his superiors he was allegedly told to “drop it” and help Iraqi police “in finding more of these print shops”. “I couldn’t believe what I had heard,” he said.

    Pfc Manning said he was isolated from his fellow soldiers in Iraq and turned to strangers in online chatrooms, who “allowed me to feel connected to others even when I was alone”.

    The web discussions eventually led him into contact with a user he nicknamed “Nathaniel Frank” but believed to be Julian Assange, WikiLeak’s Australian founder.

    The two spent hours in discussions and over the course of several months in early 2010 Pfc Manning began transferring files to the website. He insisted he was never pressured by WikiLeaks, saying they were “my own decisions and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

    Pfc Manning said his first effort at leaking had been with the Washington Post but that a woman who claimed to be a reporter had not taken him seriously. He then approached the New York Times but became entangled in a voice menu system and was never able to reach a human.

    The government argues that Pfc Manning indiscriminately leaked more than 250,000 diplomatic cables, endangering US informants living under authoritarian regimes around the world.

    He said yesterday he could not be “absolutely sure” that the cables did not include sensitive information but that they largely seemed to be a “catalogue of cliques and gossip”.

    Pfc Manning also described the “sense of relief” he felt after he transferred the first documents to WikiLeaks in January 2010.

    “I felt that I had accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience about something I knew was happening in Iraq and Afghanistan every day.”

    James Eilers

    James McColley Eilers
    JTEilers@mac.com http://bluele.blogspot.com

    May we appreciate or at least respect our differences,
    but treasure most what we hold in common.

    At any hour,
    for reliable news: http://www.democracynow.org

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