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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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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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Voices of Pride 2011 : Call For Submission


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



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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