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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
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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.

Queer Azaadi Zindabad – Marching in 2009

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Queer Azaadi Zindabad

Queer Azaadi Zindabad

All you photographers out there. Please leave your email IDs in the comment section so we can get in touch with you. We would like to collect as much documentation as we can. Or leave links to your blogs, picassa, flickr, facebook (public link) etc. Many people were taking photos so there will be lots of different views. Also anyone with video footage. please leave your email or contact.

(this photo is from sachin. thank you dear friend, its beautiful)

We marched and it was fantastic

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We had a fantastic March from August Kranti Maidan to Chowpatty. Estimates suggest 1500-3000 LGBT people and friends/family came for QAM 2009, making it the largest Pride march in India and definitely the most inclusive across the whole beautiful, wide-ranging LGBT community. Thank you to everyone who turned up and raised their voices along with us, and to those who couldn’t make it but were with us in spirit. The media coverage page of this blog, which features news reports/photos/videos, is being updated continously–please add it to your feed/favourites/watch list.  Queer Azaadi Zindabad.

We Are Marching on 16 August

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After some thoughtful discussions, we are completely in agreement that the Queer Azaadi March will happen  as planned, in full glory. We took this decision with a deep belief in our collective and individual responsibility for your health and our health, and faith in your sense of responsibility to our health and your health. It is important to remember that the March is in an open and outside environment, not in an enclosed environment, especially one with recirculated air. No outside events have been cancelled.

It has been recommended by the medical community that any immuno-compromised persons,  elderly persons, and people already ill with active health complications such as diabetes should avoid crowded gatherings. We are in agreement with these recommendations and believe that people will and should follow them.

People with fever, coughs, colds, difficulty breathing or manifesting any of the symptoms of swine flu are encouraged to stay home and take care of their health. They will be there in spirit and we can all march together next year. Send a friend instead holding a placard with your name.

Like last year, there will be many people in masks. Bright colourful, sparkly, fanciful, feathered, beautiful masks. Any people sporting swine flu preventative masks or bandannas will fit right in so you are invited to wear them. Whether worn to protect yourself from a virus or from homophobia, all masks are welcome. Both types of masks  will be distributed free in limited numbers, so also plan to bring your own.

Please do join us in this celebration of ourselves as we are and in our demands for

* The 377 case will now be heard in the Supreme Court, hence our demand for this law be read down continues.

* The Constitution must include provisions to deal with all discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or gender.

*Those amongst 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 establishment 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 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 on our march and to raise your voice along with ours!

—Queer Azadi Mumbai

Poster and Placard Making Events for the March

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There are two poster and placard making events coming up. Come, have fun, and make one with your own message!

Friday, 14 August, at Humsafar Trust, Vakola, from 6PM to 9PM

This is the second poster making event being held by Humsafar for the March. The first one was lots of fun. Don’t miss out!

Address:

Municipal Transit Building, 4th Fl.

Nehru Rd, Vakola, Santa Cruz East

Phone: 2667-3800

Saturday 15 August LABIA is having poster placard making at Awaaz-e-Niswaan at 2:00pm – 7pm

Everyone, especially women, come for a riotous and hard-working poster making and song singing practice session.

Address:

7/1, Sarabhai HassanAli Roopwala Bldg, 1st floor,

Moreshwar Patankar Marg (Pipe Line Road) पाइप लईन रो़ड़
Kurla West, Mumbai – 400070 (26523402)

When you come out of Kurla station, take the first right lane adjoining the Police Station. It’s a crowded lane. After walking a few min and crossing the Moreshwar Patankar School, it’s a white building on your right. You can see the board of Awaaz-e-Niswan. Entrance is next to a medical store.
Also accessible by all buses coming to Kurla Station कुर्ला स्थानक के लिये सारे बस जो आते हैं.

Central Railways outstation trains terminating at Dadar on 16 August

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All of you coming from out of town, thinking your train will arrive at VT, will be in for a surprise. It will terminate at Dadar. This is due to giant megablock work at Masjid station.

The best option from Dadar is to get on a Western line Local heading toward Churchgate and get off at the next stop which is Grant Rd. Station. Take exit on west. August Kranti is a quick 5 minute walk from there.

For those who want to take a bus from Dadar, from Dadar TT side, buses 92/85/305 go to Nana Chowk. But Nana Chowk is almost Grant Rd station anyway so walk to August Kranti Maidan will be almost the same. Taking train will be much faster.

Queer Azaadi March Annoucement

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Were you part of the Queer Azadi March (QAM) last year and want to take part again this year? Or will this be your first time? Well, now its almost time! In less than 10 days for the second QAM which will take place on Sunday 16th August !

All police permissions are in. The march will take place from 3 to 6 pm. Like last year we will start from August Kranti Maidan at Gowalia Tank, from where Gandhi gave his call for the British to Quit India, and we will march through Nana Chowk to Opera House and to Girgaum Chowpatty – but where last year’s march ended there, many organisers felt this was too short for all the enthusiasm, so we sought and were granted permissions to march back to August Kranti Maidan via Hughes Rd – Westside – Gamdevi Police St. Final confirmed route will be posted.

Plans for the march are in full swing! Thanks to the efforts of groups like Humsafar there will be an exceptional level of participation from community organisations. And thanks to the success of last year’s march, and the enthusiasm created by the Delhi High Court verdict, a lot of people are coming for the march from other parts of India and even abroad. Celebrities like Celina Jaitley and Milind Soman will probably be there. Its going to be a blast!

But while we hope everyone has fun, there is also a serious reason for marching. We have won a big victory in the Delhi High Court, but it is being fiercely challenged in the Supreme Court. We need to call with all our effort on the honourable judges of the Supreme Court and the government to respect the verdict of the Delhi High Court and to let freedom stand for the queer community across India. Last year’s march was to call for azaadi, this year’s march is for it to stay.

So please start making your plans to be there. We’re also very happy to get offers for help, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to do. In the next few days groups will be organising preparatory events. GB’s meeting this coming Sunday, 9/9 will be on Planning for Pride. The Humsafar centre will be hosting three days of poster making on 7th, 9th and 14th August (details below) and the LABIA group will be having a poster-making session on 15th August at the Awaaz-e-Niswaan offices in Kurla West where we have been having our meetings. Address and directions in meeting announcement posts below. You are welcome to take part in any or all of these!
Apart from these events there are also lots of other ways you can get involved. For example, you could help just by persuading friends and relatives to come – we are VERY keen on extending this march beyond just the queer community to show that this is a human rights issue for all. Or by offering to host some of the many people who will be coming for the march. You can also get involved in making posters and banners. The march will welcome individual initiatives (as long as one respects the overall march) so please feel free to get creative.
Despite the Delhi High Court victory we do realise that many people will still be wary of marching openly. We respect these concerns and have accomodated them, like last year, by making lovely, colourful masks available for free at the venue (just come a bit early to make sure you get one). Apart from this there’s the fact that, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, we have deliberately broadbased the march to make one not just for queer people, but for anyone interested in basic human rights issues.
A lot of mainstream supporters will be coming, so if it is a concern, please be assured that being seen at the march will not necessarily label you as queer – but it might label you as someone who believes in human rights for all!

See you at the march!