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Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) : Pride March, 29th Jan 2011

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QAM March – Saturday, January 29, 2011

MARCH…… with Mumbai’s queer and straight supporters, family and friends on the 29th January, 2011 from August Kranti Maidan to Girgaum Chowpatty.

Time : 3PM (Assemble @ AK Maidan) to 6PM

Make your travel plans , apply for that leave, get your gear ready to flaunt it out in the Mumbai Pride March!

Please check out our QAM Facebook page and QAM blog for regular updates.

DONATIONS

Donations to take care of the expenses are welcomed.
You may have seen the donation box at the various GB events.

It is now possible to Donate ONLINE as well.

Click on the “Make A Donation” button and pay thru PAYPAL

DONATIONS are also collected at the following physical locations:

Ø Azaad Bazaar Store timing 1pm-9pm*
16th/33rd Road Bandra (West),
Opp Mini Punjab,
in the same lane as KFC ,
Mumbai

Ø The Humsafar Trust/Center for Excellence (CEFE)
Riviera CHS, Flat 1, Ground Floor
15th Road, Near RBI Colony
Santacruz (W) Mumbai 400 050

Ø at GayBombay hosted events (prior to the Azadi march)
Please donate generously.

THE BACKGROUND

On 16th August 2005, Mumbai witnessed a large-scale protest demonstration at Flora Fountain by several queer community groups and individuals. The activists erected a temporary structure and gave out leaflets and queer publications, and got many ordinary citizens to sign a petition for queer rights. The activists also carried placards, shouted slogans, sang songs of queer azaadi and held a candlelight vigil in memory those we had lost.

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28th January, 2011 : Panel Discussion on Gay Marriage

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On Saturday, January 29th, 2011 Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) returns to Mumbai with a march by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and groups, along with families, friends and supporters, to celebrate being part of this city, and to call on the government to give us the same rights guaranteed to all under the Indian constitution, whose promulgation we celebrate on Republic Day, January 26th.

The March will be from August Kranti Maidan to Girgaum Chowpatty, a route with great historical significance in our national freedom struggle. We will be meeting in August Kranti Maidan from 3 pm onwards, and starting the March at 4 pm.

Among the rights that queer people are calling for is the right to marry and enjoy the stability and protection of family life. Marriage is deeply engrained in Indian culture. Single people are looked at with suspicion or pity. Even strangers feel able to ask you casually if you are married, and feel sorry for you if you say you are not. When most gays and lesbian children come out to their families, the one biggest fear that their parents have is how will they manage without a long term partner.

Marriage also has practical aspects. Without marriage gays and lesbian couples cannot open a joint bank account, cannot apply for a home loan to buy a house together, cannot take out life insurance policies or make wills in each other’s benefit. If they work in companies which have employee family benefits, they usually cannot extent them to their same sex partner. If either of them falls sick and has to go to hospital, the partner does not have automatic rights to visit them.

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28th January, 2011 : Performance by Dancing Queen

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Come 28th January 2011 the stars in the sky above the amphitheater at the famous Carter Road, Bandra will have to shine harder to been seen, cos here come the Dancing Queens!

With the “jatkas” and “matkas” to shame the leading Sirens, yet the “grace” and “aada” to match the eternal Screen Queens…The people Mumbai brace yourself for this Visual treat!

Dancing Queens is coming together of 20 male dancers who impersonate as women and perform dance numbers of all time famous Diva’s of Hindi Cinema. The first performance of Dancing Queens was done as a fund raiser for Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2009. The show was supported by various Community Based Organisations and friends. But backed by ever growing vocal popular support, Its time for everyone to see the Diva’s put their Best foot forward to support this year’s Queer Azaadi March.

Performing the best of the folk dances, come with Family and friends , to witness the performance that will give the Munni’s and Sheila’s a run for their money. And oh yeah, its all for FREE!

Location : The Amphitheater, near café Coffee Day on Carter Road

Date : Friday, 28th January 2011

Time : 7:30 pm onwards

25th January, 2011 :Book Reading “Pink Sheep”

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163419_1408792038773_1801647828_785521_8191625_nWe continue Queer Azadi Mumbai’s Pride Week festivites at Azaad Bazaar with the reading of Pink Sheep by Mahesh Natrajan.

About the Author: Mahesh Natarajan lives with his partner in Bangalore, India. After a dozen years of advising clients on how to get the most out of off-shoring, he is now pursuing a career in counselling and psychotherapy. He writes about living as a gay man within the conservative societies of south …India. His stories revolve around the realities of queer life in modern-day India.

About the Book: The eighteen stories in this collection are prize winners in their own way. Each story deals with relationships – love, confusion, contentment, desire, fear, hurt, happiness, bitterness, victory, or loss – in a slightly different context. Natarajan highlights different aspects of gay life, and shows how these men yearn for the same things everybody yearns for – acceptance and a fulfilling life.

Date : 25th January, 2011

Time : 6.30PM to 9.30PM

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

Contact: +91-9930212636

Free Entry

 

Join us at the store for a reading and discussion, with light refreshments.

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.

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.