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About Queer Azaadi Mumbai

QAM is an LGBT collective in Mumbai! It organises The Mumbai Pride March every year and supports events, charities and fund raising initiatives in the LGBT space.

22nd Jan, 2011 : Human Rights Documentary Film Screening

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We kick start Queer Azadi Mumbai’s Pride Week festivities with a screening of this remarkable documentary on the queer community in India. Featuring interviews with queer men and women, straight supporters and parents.

Date : 22 January, 2011

Venue : Azaad Bazaar, 33rd Road, Opposite Mini Punjab, KFC Lane off Linking Road, Bandra West.

Contact: +91-9930212636

Time : 7PM to 8PM *The screening starts at 7pm. Please be seated by 6:45pm*

Language: English
Duration: 50min
Free Entry

So bring your straight friends, relatives or just your fabulous selves!

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GB’s QAM Fund-Raiser Party

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Gaybombay’s Queer Azaadi March 2011 – Fund-Raiser Party at Dio’s on 22 Jan 2011 – It’s a Saturday Nite Party

The Queer Azaadi March planned by Mumbai-based queer community organisations is going to be held on 29th Jan 2011

Gaybombay, as a safe, social space for the gay community, has pledged its support to the March, and encourages the gay community to participate in it. In order to better support this initiative, we would like to announce a fund-raiser party as follows:.

Dio’s in Tardeo is a large theme lounge, done up in gold, lime, chocolate, lime and fusia pink, with French windows that overlook Bombay ‘s beautiful skyline.

Besides a great dance floor, the venue also includes lots of space and an open air terrace for those who would like to take in the breeze.

Date: 22nd January, 2011

Time: 9 pm – 1.30 am.

Cover Charge: Rs 650 (to defray the expenses of the party) (Please note NO CREDIT CARDS)

Venue: Dio’s, Tardeo

Address: Dio’s, is situated at
Konarkshram, 5th.floor,
Behind Everest Building , Next to Sardar Pav Bhaji,
Tardeo Road , Tardeo,
Mumbai 34. (Mumbai Central is the closest station).

Please note that you have to be above the age of 21 to attend

GayBombay parties. Please carry proof of age with you: a driving license, college identity card, etc.

The Cover Charge includes: In-house DJ and a dance floor; delicious snacks; 4 drinks with mixers,

Extra drinks will be sold at Rs 100/- per coupon.

Dinner will not be served.

Some don’ts:
GB, as a support group, has created this comfort/safe space for gays. Many people at the event may be “newbies” (those still coming to terms with their sexuality and/or those who have mustered the courage to come to such an event for the first time). We request you to be Sensitive to the comfort levels of others and to behave and dress accordingly.

No dark rooms and no sex on the premises; if found indulging in any “hanky panky” you shall be asked to leave the party.

Use of any illegal substance is strictly prohibited.

A special REQUEST: During and after the party please DO NOT gather outside the venue. The management has requested us to ensure that, in the middle of the night, the peace of the neighbourhood is not disturbed.

Smoking will be allowed only on the right hand side of the terrace as soon as you enter the premises.

A few dos:
Have a smashing time.
Carry your Alcoholic Drinks Permit.

This event is organized by: http://www.gaybombay.org.

Right of admission reserved.

The Karela Story So Far…

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[Guest Post by “S”]

 

Under a headline saying “Gay party has been exposed”, the local Hindi-language newspaper, Amar Ujala, had published a photograph of 20 frightened-looking men sitting on the floor, many trying to conceal their faces with shawls and scarves.

A series of bullet points beneath the photograph highlighted what the editors presumably thought were the most shocking aspects of the story: a doctor, MBA students and teachers were present; this “indecent” party was organised under the guise of a birthday party at a dharamshala (spiritual dwelling or sanctuary); and alcohol was served.

[…]

Last month, out and proud gay men and women marched in Delhi’s annual gay pride march. Many posed happily for the news cameras. Rainbow flags were in abundance, as was western terminology such as “gay”, “queer” (even transcribed into Hindi on some signs) and “LGBTQ”.

As I looked at photos of the event taken by my Facebook friends, I realised that most came from middle- or upper-class families and would have a degree of ease with the English language. I have often wondered about the need to use western models of emancipation such as “gay pride” marches and rainbow banners in cultural contexts that are vastly different.

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In so many countries, invisibility is the norm and the preferred option for those who have same-sex desires. I have no doubt that most of the men and women who were busy marching in Delhi waving their banners would not like to be seen at a downmarket venue like the dharamshala in Saharanpur and I am not even sure if many of these newly minted “queer” activists from India’s big cities would find common cause with the small-town types arrested at this “gay party”.

An article by Parvez Sharma (Director: A Jihad for Love) published in the Guardian; filled with questions. And lots of them. Some I have no answers and for the rest, this is what I have to say…

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Voices of Pride 2011 : Call For Submission

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QI2*An open call to community writers, singers, poets, authors, musicians, performance artists*

Queer ink announces a special Queer Azaadi Mumbai production..

Voices of Pride 2011

an original evening of spoken word, poetry, & song

by and for by our LGBTQI community

28 January 2011

At Coppergate, next to Candies, Pali Hill

Featuring

YOU!!

QAM_2011_logo_blackDo you have a sexy story, a hilarious comedy routine, a proudly pink poem, or a superqueer love song to share with your community?  Queer Ink is excited to launch its open mic series for 2011 with a special Queer Azaadi Mumbai event.  Everyone is encouraged to submit work and share your voice.

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QAM Pride Week : January 22 to 29, 2011

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This year, QAM (Queer Azaadi Mumbai) is bigger, bolder and out there, doing a week full of festivities and events in different pockets of Mumbai between 22nd and 29th January, 2011 – from movie screenings, plays, meet-the-author to drag shows, street performances and graffiti and finally, the much awaited Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March!

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Support QAM : Donate

Volunteer : You could also show your support by volunteering to help organize any one of the QAM calendar events. Just leave a note in the comment section and we will get in touch with you.

365 days without 377, 2nd July 2010 Rally at Azaad Maidan

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QUEER AZADI ZINDABAD!
On the 2nd July 2010 we will celebrate celebrate an important anniversary.

On 2 July 2009 the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgement. Sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex had long been criminalised under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The Court ruled in favour of scrapping this clause, thus fulfilling our most basic demand. Why then are we still asking for Queer Azadi (freedom)?
We ask for freedom because discrimination against us still exists. Many people continue to hate and fear us ‘queers’. ‘Queer’ stands for all LGBTI people, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, and for Hijra, Kothi, Panthi – all those who are not accepted by a society that recognises only two genders and considers only heterosexual relationships valid.
Besides, the Delhi High Court’s progressive judgement is being stridently opposed by religious fundamentalists of every hue, who proclaim that our lives and desires go against “Indian culture”, that we are “diseased”, and so on. Yet we have always been a part of society, and we have the same rights to equality and dignity that belong to every individual in this democracy.
We wish to place our main demands before our government and our society:
* The 377 case will now be heard in the Supreme Court, hence our demand for this law to be read down continues.
* The Constitution must include provisions to deal with all discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or gender.
*Those amonst us who are transgendered are not recognised by society. Equal citizenship rights and opportunities should be extended to all who do not fit into either of the two categories of male and female.
* The medical establsihment must be made aware of the reality of our lives and our needs, and cease all insensitive and cruel attempts to ‘cure’ us.
* Every individual is under tremendous pressure to marry a person of the opposite sex, as marriage is seen as a must in our society. We are launching a campaign against all such forced marriages.
* We call for an end to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We want freedom from violence and hate within families, in educational institutions, at places of work and in public spaces. We especially demand that fundamentalist forces stop abusing us and poisoning people’s minds against us.
We invite you, too, to join us in this celebration-cum-protest and to raise your voice along with ours!
—Queer Azadi Mumbai

Venue : Azaad Maidan

Time : 4pm to 6.00 pm

Photo Movie by Minal Mehta

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In delighted recognition of the governments decision not to oppose the Delhi High Court ruling on 377 that is before the Supreme Court, we are posting a new photo movie. The photos are by Minal Mehta. And aptly, just in case the march seems a long time ago as regular life has resumed and consumed, the music she picked is called ‘What the Memories Say’ by Jason Tayaello.  Thank you Minal for these great images and for a change to meander down recent memory galli (and for bringing them over). Enjoy.

*new* Queer Azaadi March Photo Movie with Music

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This series of photos were taken by Sachin Jain and Bruno. Sachin chose the music and after a lot of experimenting, one bad upload, more experimenting on export parameters, here it is. Its really something special. Thanks Sachin and Bruno. (and thanks Sachin for bringing the images over)

or go directly to Youtube ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQgDHkmd43w

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