Pictures Against Prejudice, Call For Entries

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In light of the recent Supreme COurt ruling re-criminalising homosxuality in India, the theme of Pictures Against Prejudice has been changed to ‘In and out of the Closet’.
Entries are welcome from all over the world – photos/cartoon/caricature – and the last day to submit is 15th January, 2014.

Have a look at our Last Year Collection here

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.425081597561166.90652.415804931822166&type=1

Send your Art Work on team.getoverit@gmail.com

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Dirty Talk 6.0, Call For Entries

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Dirty Talk 6.0 : January 31st, 2014 : Call For Entries
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Q. What happens when you criminalize the gays?

A. You have rainbow prison outfits! How wonderful!

Ladies, Gentlemen, Criminals! Welcome back to the 6th edition of Dirty Talk! As you may have heard, the highest court of the land has just criminalized …umm…everyone. Yet, being the real troopers that we all are, when the law takes away our liberty and freedom, we come back with more humor, snark and fabulousness.

In 2014, we are bigger, badder, bolder but most importantly we have grit, drive and determination to be dirty the only we know how to – By being ourselves.

Its been a long while since back in the day during the first pride in 2009 where we last walked as proud and gay convicts with rainbow stripes. Now having gone back and totally not being okay with it, it’s time to stand in solidarity and have our voices resonate louder through the streets ( ok, microbreweries) of Mumbai.

Join us at Dirty Talk 6.0 on Friday, 31st January 2014 as we parade our haute new rainbow prison outfits.

From my humorous disposition, you can probably see that I am already practicing my stand up act for the evening (fingers crossed, I am not booed off the stage). But Gaysi wants you! If you are interesting in performing, no better time than now to be heard.

Send us an email with a copy of your act and become infamous. A little bit of ass kissing (puns intended) and bribery might even launch your career into overdrive (although MJ is a very hard person to please – gay lord do I know that!)

Few things to keep in mind:

1. Send us your entries at gaysifamily[at]gmail[dot].com

2. Only original Queer content

3. Please remember that your gloriousness will only be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes of performance time. We have limited time and multiple royal acts to accommodate.

4. You are not allowed to read out from a piece of paper, so start memorizing your pieces. Bonus points to those who can dramatize their piece.

5. We will be running rehearsals where the performers can practice their pieces and Miss Universe victory waves.

Remember;

6. Last date for submitting entries is – 10th January, 2014

So come forward, and lets be fabulous!

Gaysi Family

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Review of The Amazing Q Hunt by one of the podium finishers

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“Barbie prince calls you to the Garden of Cypress”. That was the first clue of the Amazing Q Hunt organized by Shushil & team as part of pride festivities. The hunt was simply amazing. Out in the sun after a long time, we did crack interesting clues like first one. We ran, made cow dung cakes, discovered new localities, conversed with several unknown faces, had neem/karela juices, joy ride in sea, found interesting straws and glasses (oh chilled glasses, we almost lost the hunt 😦 ), photographed ourselves with missing horse, landmark art galleries, libraries. The best part was selling balloons to three different set of persons. My favourite was last couple to whom I explained pride festivities, expected pride march, meaning of lgbt & ‘Q’ in Q hunt while selling two balloons. Oh man I did it! first pride selling:). Then we were sent to ‘ashes of dreams’ to calculate our savings. Finally we reached last destination & were offered hot green chillies. Dear organizers, chillies were much better than dhoklas you
made us to eat in the morning :). Yep we had a rocking time. Q Adda plz dont
wait for pride festivities for this amazing hunt. At least you may think of making it a
quarterly feature. It was a memorable hunt, hunted lovely friends, bonded well with competitors. Sushil, Aryan, Nitin, Arjun, Ankit, mihir and team! Keep it up. We thoroughly enjoyed. Congrats to winners, but yeah next time clear the podium for us…. 🙂
Key takeaways 🙂
1.) Do not be farsighted 😦 look for things, places and of course love nearby.
2)When caught in a `No’ Zone, fake that you are from Dubai! No, not to police but ever willing businessmen/sellers or tell them how u may miss ur next flight 😦
3) When there is need to beat long queue, emote how ur love was left inside without mobile :).
4) And yeah start running, or you may have already lost….
For further details on the QAM Pride March or any of the Events please contact
Harrish Iyer : +91-9833100340
Praful Baweja : +91-9870213831
Sibi Mathen : +91-9867397744

Q’nema – Queer Film festival – January 30 and 31 at IIT Bombay, Powai

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Saathi, the LGBTQ resource group of IIT Bombay in association with Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) and KASHISH Mumbai International Queer film festival is hosting Q’nema 2013 at IIT Bombay, Powai.

This year, Q’nema will be a two day fare showcasing Queer film culture worldwide. It will feature award winning films from the 3rd edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. In attendance, we also have a few surprise guests!

Date & Time: 30 Jan 2013 and 31 Jan 2013 (2 days) – 6PM to 10PM

Full address of the Venue:
PC Saxena Auditorium
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai – 400076

Kindly carry a Government/Employee issue Identity Card with you to gain entry into the campus.

All are invited!

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Online Fundraising for Mumbai Pride Parade

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2013 is the right time to fight against gender & sexuality discrimination. 

Like every year, in less than 30 days now – on 2nd February, Queer Azaadi aka QAM Mumbai would do Mumbai Pride Parade on the streets & before that organise Pride week events across our city with the intention of creating heightened awareness for Equality

Of course, we will have a lot of majja-masti all throughout with Rock Concert, Dirty talk, Q – hunt, Dancing Queens, Ek madhavbaug, Bar Night & much more. 

For all this, WE NEED MONEY. We have gathered only half the sum till now. So, please lighten your purse & Your Wallets. Maybe its time to remove your much loved credit card out. 🙂 

humaari maddad karo!

http://gaysifamily.com/2012/12/15/queer-azadi-mumbai-qam-2013-time-to-show-you-care/

Ek Madhav Baug at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, 9pm show on 15th and 16th January

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Alternate Initiatives presents “Ek Madhav Baug,” a Hindi play by the late celebrated playwright Chetan Datar. “Ek Madhav Baug” is a pioneering play about homosexuality and acceptance of the gay community. A 70-minute soliloquy, it has been translated into Hindi by Mona Ambegaonkar and Vivek Anand, and is enacted by Mona Ambegaonkar.

This poignant play tells the story of a 21 year-old youth coming to terms with his sexuality. The play is seen from the point of view of his mother who discovers that her son is gay and through his diary, relives his journey of discovery of his own sexuality.

Ticketed Performance at Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu on January 15th and 16th at 9pm. The play will be presented in Hindi.

Show Timings- 9pm
Ticket price:- Rs 125/-
Box Office no for Prithvi: +91 (22) 26149546
For online booking click below
http://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/Ek-Madhav-Baug-Hindi/ET00010685

(click on timings next to show)
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QUEER AZAADI MUMBAI PRIDE FESTIVITIES 2013

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13-JAN-13 SUNDAY 

GBs Kite Flying 
Juhu Beach. the lane next to the Tulip Star Hotel (the old Juhu Centaur). 
The lane runs between the hotel and the Janki Kuntir colony 
3:30pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/327297340716211/

Yaariyans Queer Games
Juhu Beach. the lane next to the Tulip Star Hotel (the old Juhu Centaur). 
The lane runs between the hotel and the Janki Kuntir colony 
4pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/369323616497364/

15-JAN-13 TUESDAY

Ek Madhav Baug
Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Mumbai
9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/398271370259000/

16-Jan-13 Wednesday

Ek Madhav Baug
Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Mumbai
9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/398271370259000/

20-Jan-13 Sunday

Gay Bombays Family Meet
Karma lounge, Opera house, Grant Road
3 to 7pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/325829244189915/

26-Jan-13 Saturday

The Q-Hunt
All over Mumbai
8am to 5pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/154171491397901/

27-Jan-13 Sunday

Dirty Talk 3.0
Apicius – Kitchen & Bar, 8th Floor, Blue Wave, Off Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Mumbai. 
Tel No. 022 26734338, 022 26734337
5pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/340064176101770/

28-Jan-13 Monday

Pictures Against Prejudice
Bombay Connect Conference Room, The Hub, 4th Floor, Candelar Building, 26 St John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W)
11am to 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/109150912594472/

29-Jan-13 Tuesday

Pictures Against Prejudice
Bombay Connect Conference Room, The Hub, 4th Floor, Candelar Building, 26 St John Baptist Road, Near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra (W)
11am to 8pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/109150912594472/

Q-Bar Night
The Little Door, Andheri West

30-Jan-13 Wednesday

Q’NEMA
IIT Bombay, Powai
6pm to 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/269991709796511/

31-Jan-13 Thursday

Q’NEMA
IIT Bombay, Powai
6pm to 10pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/269991709796511/

1-Feb-13 Friday

Queer Rock Concert
Carter Road Amphitheatre, Bandra (w)
6 to 9pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/492108840840668/

2-Feb-13 Saturday

Queer Kreeda
August Kranti Maidan, Grant Road
12pm to 2pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/216446895158642/

QUEER AZAADI MARCH
August Kranti Maidan, Grant Road
2pm
http://www.facebook.com/events/123754891125525/

*Flashmob- Surprise! 

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