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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 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 ,

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.


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


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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27th January, 2011 : Queer Gear for the Straight Ear


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Where: Carter Road Promenade – Amphitheatre, Khar, Mumbai
When: 27-JAN-2011, 7 pm – 9 pm

Queer Who All:

  • Kkris & Shor Bazaar
  • Alisha Batth & Alisha Pais
  • Anand Bhaskar & MH04

Listen to Mumbai’s best Queers and Queer supporter bands playing for QUeer Azaadi Mumbai’s Pride week this January.

An openly gay man and rock musician, Kkris and his group of queer-friendly Rockers have been playing in Mumbai for quite some time.

Shor Bazaar’s gigs include songs like “Savita Bhabhi” sung to India’s one and only ‘sex-icon’ on cartoons, who inspired the senses and sensual
desires of every straight man and lover. Their numbers are peppy and occasionally also comprise Hindi songs suited to younger audiences. Shor Bazaar is a five-member
band conceptualized / formalized / broughttogetherized in September’07.For more, visit Shor Bazaar at http://bazaarshor.blogspot.com/

Alisha Batth is the country’s budding Lesbian Punk performer. Although her lingua franca is English, her roots are in the North-East of India. And Alisha Pais is her ‘partner-in-crime’. They’re known to charm everyone with their vibrance, duo-dynamics and husky, yet sex vocal chords! Watch them sing Fiona Apple or Etheridge with a whiff of pink. Carter Road’s definitely gonna sway to these notes!

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26th January, 2011 : Ek Madhavbaug & Dancing Queens


Ek Madhavbaug & Dancing Queens will be performed on 26th January 2011 as part of QAM Pride Week Celebrations and Fund raiser.

Venue : SNDT University Auditorium, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai

Time : 5.00 pm to 9 pm

Suggested Donation : Rs. 150 /- for the entire evening. Entire amount collected will be utilized towards meeting Pride Walk Expenses.

Seating capacity : 125 seats

Ek Madhavbaug is one of the pioneering Marathi language plays written on homosexuality and acceptance of the Gay community. The poignant play tells the story of a 21 year old youth coming to terms with his sexuality. The play is seen from the view point of his mother. The Mother discovers that her son is Gay and through his diary, relives his journey of discovery of his own sexuality.  The play strikingly brings out the emotions of a mother and son and will leave no soul untouched through its intensity and heartfelt content.

Chetan Datar had performed the original Marathi Play at the Humsafar Trust in 1998 and since then it was a dream that we shared with Chetan to translate the play into the hindi language and provide it a larger platform

The performance reading is done by actress Mona Ambegaonkar. She has given award winning performances and is still remembered for her work in television serials like KADAM, CID and AMBER-DHARA. Her films include MANGAL PANDEY, WHITE NOISE, and amongst her plays are KASTURI, RADHA-NIVAS, SITA-SURPANAKHA & SANDRA AND WHATEVER YOU SAY.

The hindi version of the play was first performed at Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 at PVR Juhu in April 2010 to packed audiences and received standing ovation from the audiences

Do come with your friends and family if you want them to understand you better !

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. The show was a big success and nearly two-hundred friends (within and outside the community) attended and were entertained with mesmerizing performances. The show managed to raise Rs. 30,000/- for QAM 2009 in a single night. It also got coverage from leading news papers which brought visibility to the initiative.

Do come with your friends and friends of friends and their friends !


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24th January, 2011 : Screening of KASHISH Queer Shorts @ Cafe Goa


For all those of you who missed it last April, KASHISH brings back a collection of the ‘BEST of KASHISH 2010’ in celebration of Queer Pride Week.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in association with Bombay Elektrik project and Queer Azadi Mumbai will screen 8 queer short films from across the world spanning Gay, Lesbian and Transgender experiences that are funny, campy, dramatic, emotional and fabulous!

Be there at Café Goa, Bandra January 24th 8pm – 11.30pm to catch up on the KASHISH dose of queer cinema.

BOY MEETS BOY | Korea / 2008 / 13 min

BUTTERY TOP | USA / 2009 / 4 min

ENGAYGING LIVES | India / 2010 / 26 min


I AM GAY | Sweden / 2008 / 15 min

MAKE UPS | India / 2005 / 9 min

MIRROR MIRROR | Australia / 1997 / 10 min

THE POSTCARD | Korea / 2007 / 15 min

Date: January 24, 2011

Venue: Café Goa, Agnelo Building, Khadeshwari Mandir Marg, Off St. John Baptist Road, Bandra(W), Mumbai, Ph: 022 26459151

Link: http://tiny.cc/ec473

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23rd January, 2011 : QAM Mela


One of the first events of QAM Pride week on 23rd January 2011, QAM Mela is more of a fun raiser than fundraiser for the LGBT citizens of the metropolis primarily but not limited to them only. At copper gate next to candies (Pali hill, Bandra), activities are lined up all day long from 1pm to 9 pm promising nonstop fun at a minimal entry charge of Rs. 20 for all to come and enjoy.

Be it lucky draw for prizes, fancy outfit auction or Improv Comedy Theatre workshop, Hair and Make up workshop or learning to dance Jazz , it’s all under one roof. If you are in no mood to be participative, you can get clicked by our photographer with funky Rainbow props, do a tarot card reading or buy a variety of Queer Books, chic clothes and funky jewellery (credit card facilities available).

Date : 23rd January, 2011

Time : 1PM to 9PM (Inaugural @ 7PM)

Venue : Copper Gate ( Next to Candies, Palli Hill), Bandra (west), Mumbai.

Entry Fee : Rs. 20/- ONLY

See you there with friends, having a ball. Block your date now!


GB’s QAM Fund-Raiser Party



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…


[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.


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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