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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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26th January, 2011 : Ek Madhavbaug & Dancing Queens

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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 !

ALSO COME MAKE POSTERS FOR THE PRIDE WALK FROM 5PM TO 6PM AT THE SAME VENUE

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23rd January, 2011 : QAM Mela

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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!

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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!

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.

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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.