Gay Bombay is an informal, ever-evolving, and safe socio-cultural space for gay men in Mumbai. Founded in September 1998 they have organised 1000+ events ranging from art meets, to workshops, to parents meet so on and so forth. One of the primary objectives of Gay Bombay is to provide safe spaces to the LGBT community where they can be themselves. That is the reason its parties are happening and are fine-tuned to the likings of Mumbaikars.
This weekend it’s the Retro Night theme at Gay Bombay. And here are the details –
Gay Bombay is celebrating its 20th anniversary and Sept has been a busy month for them. The Supreme courts verdict on decriminalization of consensual sex between same-sex couples added to the joy and excitement. So in wake of that Gay Bombay’s picnic to Saphale is being organized in the first week of Oct.
Away from the clutter of concrete jungles, pollution, and stress, GayBombay invites you to spend your day, at a resort that is just a couple of hours away from Mumbai at Saphale and can be truly called nature’s paradise. A morning-to-evening picnic at Nature’s Beach Resort at Saphale, north of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. Gay Bombay has been organizing picnics for years, we happen to feature their last year’s picnic too.
Leave with a group of LGBT persons from various pick-up points in Mumbai, for a 3-hour journey to the resort. Once there, you will be spoilt for a choice of activities: Stroll on the resort’s private beach, frolic in a big swimming pool, cool off amid a fountain square, and go crazy at a rain dance to dance music! For the more sports-inclined, there are facilities for archery, volleyball and other sports!
But if peace and quiet places are more your things, there’s boating and fishing in an artificial river. If you’re a bird watcher, do bring a pair of binoculars, as this spot rich in biodiversity with 120+ species of birds, including peacocks strolling by.
Included as well is lip-smacking delicious local food – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. They will serve breakfast, lunch and evening tea. Leave from the resort before sundown for another lively bus journey of singing and laughing together to be back in Mumbai on Sunday night, with various drop-off points within the city. Guys living as far as Dahanu and Surat can easily join us on this picnic! Ask them how!
Details of Pickup –
The picnic is scheduled for Sunday 7th Oct 2018 and below are the pickup points. We shall depart on a semi-luxury bus parked outside Hotel Prashant on Lokmanya Tilak Road, Mulund Station (East) at 6:00 am. You can board the bus at any of the pick-up locations listed below.
06:00 Hotel Prashant, Mulund Station East
06:05 Junction of Mulund Airoli Road and EEH
06:15 Junction of JVLR and EEH
06:25 Junction of Ghatkopar Andheri Link Rd and EEH
06:30 Amar Mahal Junction
06:40 Opp Sion Station
06:45 Junction of Bandra Station Rd and WEH
07:00 WEH Metro Station, Andheri East
07:10 Oberoi Mall Junction, Goregaon East
07:25 Omkareshwar Temple, Opp SGNP, Borivali East
07:35 Shivaji Chowk, Mira Road (East)
07:45 Opp Fountain Hotel, Junction of Ghodbunder Road and WEH
07:55 Junction of Juchandra Bapne Road and WEH, Naigaon East
08:10 Junction of Tungareshwar Phata and WEH, Vasai East
08:15 Junction of Waliv Road and WEH, Nalasopara East
08:20 Junction of Pelhar Road and WEH, Nalasopara East
08:25 Junction of Veer Savarkar Road and WEH, Virar East
09:00 Junction of Saphale Road and WEH/Varai Naka
09:30 Saphale Railway Station
All timings listed above are departure timings of the bus to be there at least 10 mins before the listed time. You shall spend the entire day at the Resort. At about 6:00 in the evening, would commence our journey back to Mumbai. We shall be back in Mumbai by 8:30 pm.
Contribution to defray costs: Rs. 1200.00 per head. Participants from other cities, joining us directly at Saphale Railway Station shall contribute Rs. 1000/- per head.
Registration & Payments: To join this picnic you need to register your name and make your contribution in advance. To Register send a WhatsApp message containing your name, email id and chosen boarding location to the GayBombay Picnic Infoline at 9870504010
The contributions meet expenses towards the following: 1. To and Fro transport to the Resort. 2. Veg and Non-Veg Breakfast. 3. Veg and Non-Veg Lunch. 4. Tea/Coffee and Biscuits in the evening 5. Use of the Resort sports/games facilities and equipment like Swimming Pool, VolleyBall, Boating and fishing (subject to availability and prior booking).
To know more and to register, please contact the GayBombay info line on (+91) 9870504010. Or email us on email@example.com
You can pay your contribution at the following GayBombay Events:
Saturday; 22 September 2018: GayBombay Party at Club Neos, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla
Sunday; 30 September 2018: GayBombay Talent Show at National College Auditorium, Bandra West.
Details regarding the above events are available at www.gaybombay.org and at the GayBombay Facebook Page.
The following rules shall apply to registrations:
1. You have to be above the age of 18 to attend this event
2. Registration shall be accepted only if the name, email address and mobile number are provided.
3. Registrations shall only be confirmed on receipt of contribution
4. Registrations are not transferable.
5. No refunds shall be given for cancellation of registration on the day before the Picnic
Things to do:
1. Carry any special medication or food, if you need them
2. Carry binoculars, if you are interested.
3. Carry an extra pair of clothes including undergarments and socks that you want to change in if you happen to soil/wet the ones you are wearing.
4. Carry your toiletries and towels.
5. Bring along your swimming trunks and sun creams,
6. 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.
Things not to do:
1. Litter the place. The ecology of the wilderness is very fragile. Be eco-friendly.
2. Consume intoxicating items before or during the picnic
3. Indulge in hanky-panky. Any person found indulging shall be asked to leave the picnic/group immediately and shall be barred from participating in all future GayBombay events.
This event is organized by http://www.gaybombay.org/. The right of admission reserved
If you reside anywhere close to the western railway between Dahanu Road and Saphale, You can board the Dahanu Road – Borivali Fast Local Train departing Dahanu Road at 08:30 hrs And calling at the following stations at the timings listed alongside:
Alight at Saphale, the bus shall be waiting for you at Hotel Vaishali on Rambaug Saphale Road also known as Tandulwadi Road
If you reside anywhere close to the western railway between Surat and Saphale, You can board the 59038 Surat Virar Passenger departing Surat Junction at 04:15 hrs. And calling at the following stations at the timings listed alongside
Gay Bombay’s parties have been along for 20 years now. It’s no surprise Gay Bombay is indeed one of the places people feel safe about partying in Mumbai. We are also glad honorable Supreme court in its landmark judgment on Sept 6th, 2018 upheld that section 377 which was an archaic law prohibiting two consenting same-sex couples to the right of having sex is scrapped. Gay Bombay partied that same weekend and incidentally, it was their 20th-anniversary party. Gay Bombay is yet again ready with a fantastic party this Saturday night at NEOS CLUB.
Venue- Neos Club, Pheonix Market City Kurla.
Date – Saturday 22nd Sept
Time- 9 PM Onwards
Entry Charges – ₹ 800 before 10 pm and ₹1000 after 10 pm (along with Drink Coupons worth Rs 500) (no re-entry) (to defray the charges of the party). Cash only. Strictly Club Wear – no slippers, sandals, shorts, sleeveless etc.
Please note that you must be above the age of 20 to attend GB par-ties. Please carry proof of age with you, such as driving license, college identity card. Some don’ts: No dark rooms and no sex and absolutely no drugs on the premises; if found indulging in any “hanky panky” you shall be asked to leave the party. Pls, respect the safe space which is being provided.
Once entered you cannot leave the premises as crowding on the footpath outside creates issues with the local authorities.
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 neighborhood is not disturbed.
A few dos:
Club Wear Only. Dress to Kill Have a smashing time. Carry your Alcoholic Drinks Permit.
New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Thursday its much-awaited verdict on a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of section 377 of the IPC which criminalises “unnatural sexual activities” between two consenting adults A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its verdict on July 17 after hearing various stakeholders, including gay rights activists.
The Centre, which had initially sought an adjournment for filing its response to the petitions, had later left to the wisdom of the court the issue of legality of the penal provision with regard to the aspects of criminalising consensual unnatural sex between two consenting adults. The Centre had said that the other aspects of the penal provision dealing with minors and animals should be allowed to be remain in the statute book. Section 377 refers to ‘unnatural offences’ and says whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.
The issue of section 377 was first raised by an NGO, Naz Foundation, which had in 2001 approached the Delhi High Court that had decriminalised sex between consenting adults of the same gender by holding the penal provision “illegal”. This 2009 judgement of the high court was overturned in 2013 by the apex court which had also dismissed a review plea. It had in 2013 restored the criminality of the sexual relationship between persons of the same sex after the Delhi High Court’ had decriminalised it in 2009. The five-judge bench on July 10 had made it clear that it was not going into the curative petitions and would adjudicate on fresh writ petitions in the matter.
Pride Circle is an initiative to build a community of passionate individuals working in the space of LGBT+ inclusion primarily at the workplace. Together is better for individuals & for organizations; for everyone need friends. Good news is Pride Circle is launching its Delhi chapter starting 1st September 2018.
Pride Circle aims to bring diverse stakeholders under one roof & have a conversation about the challenges and opportunities, listen & learn from multiple perspectives, ideate & execute, and to make a collective change!
Venue – The Lalit, New Delhi
Date – Sept 1, 2018
Time- 6.00pm onwards
Entry- INR 250 per head
You can register for the event here
Started a year ago, the Pride Circle meetups are held in various cities across India & now growing globally. These meetups provide informal setup & a safe space for expression, to celebrate our humanness, to embrace our vulnerability, and to collectively think and be the change maker of tomorrow.
What to expect?
The evening will witness speakers like Danish Sheikh, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Health Law, Ethics, and Technology at Jindal Global Law School taking us through the journey of #Section377.
Keshav Suri, Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Neha Nagpal, Supreme court lawyer will share about his petition in The Supreme Court and why it is important for individuals to ask for their rights. Also, the various steps taken by The Lalit Group for an inclusive experience by ALL their clientele. This panel would be moderated by Sarika Gupta Bhattacharyya, CEO BD Foundation.
Dipali Mehta, Marketing Manager Delta App will take us through her journey of Coming out & navigating the world as a bisexual woman.
Sisak -India’s First LGBTQ movie to be screened
S I s a k India’s First Silent LGBTQ love story to be screened at the event too. Sisak won 44 International Awards worldwide. We will also interact with Director Faraz Arif Ansari and the actor Dhruv Singhal about their experience filming the movie. Here is a sneak peek at the trailer.
Hope to see you all at the event. Drop us a line in the comment section to share your feedback about the event.