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Gay Bombay’s Picnic to Saphale – 7th Oct 2018

Gay Bombay’s Picnic to Saphale – 7th Oct 2018

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 radhey.a.khatri@gmail.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

Suggested Viewing:

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:

Vanagon 08:45 hrs; Boisar 08:53; Umroli Road 08:59 hrs;  Palghar 09:05; Kelve Road 09:13; Saphale 09:20 hrs.

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

Udhna Junction 04:21 hrs; Bhestan 04:28 hrs; Sachin 04:35 hrs; Maroli 04:42 hrs; Navsari 04:53 hrs; Vedchha 05:06 hrs; Ancheli 05:13 hrs; Amalsad 05:19 hrs; Bilimora Junction 05:25 hrs; Joravasan 05:33 hrs; Dungri 05:38 hrs; Valsad 06:20 hrs; Atul 06:33 hrs; Pardi 06:38 hrs; Udvada 06:45 hrs; Vapi 06:57 hrs; Karambeli 07:33 hrs; Bhilad 07:40 hrs; Sanjan 07:52 hrs; Umargam Road 08:07 hrs; Bordi Road 08:13 hrs; Gholvad 08:29 hrs; Dahanu Road 08:46 hrs; Vanagon 08:59 hrs; Boisar 09:07; Palghar 09:20; Kelve Road 09:29; Saphale 09:37

Alight at Saphale, the bus shall be waiting for you at Hotel Vaishali on Rambaug Saphale Road also known as Tandulwadi Road.

Pride Circle Delhi Chapter Launch

Pride Circle Delhi Chapter Launch

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.

Gay Bombay’s Film Screening – Aug 2018

Gay Bombay’s Film Screening – Aug 2018

Gay Bombay has been screening some interesting LGBT themed movies at their private screening since years. The coming month marks the 20th anniversary of Gay Bombay since it was formed in 1998. GayBombay (GB) will be screening two highly acclaimed international queer films, Call Me By Your Name and God’s Own Country and a short documentary by Sopan Muller on the “Battle Against 377 – the story of IIT group Petition”

A month-long celebration of diversity and togetherness will be seen amongst the LGBT community as there will be multiple events lined up by Gay Bombay during the coming month starting with their Saturday night party on 25th Aug.

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory. It is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman . The movie also won an academy award for the best writing adapted screenplay earlier this year. However, India didn’t see the release of the movie. So its even more important for GayBombay to screen such awesome movies for the community here in India.

Gods Own Country

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

The screening is scheduled this Sunday, 26th Aug at  G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalakshmi West, Mumbai, 1:30 P onwards. 

Gay Bombay is an informal group working towards the members of the gay community in Mumbai India. This year is extra special for them as they celebrate their 20th anniversary since it was first formed in the year 1998.GayBombay has been regularly organizing meets, parties, film screenings, treks, picnics, and workshops.

Hope you have a fabulous time at the event. Request you to please share your valuable feedback about the events with us in the comments section below.

Queer Awaaz – An Open Mic – Yaariyan

Queer Awaaz – An Open Mic – Yaariyan

We all have stories to tell, sing and make fun of in our everyday life. Yaariyan presents Queer Awaaz: A YA! Open Mic. A platform for many storytellers, singers, musicians, and comedians to stand up and showcase their talent.

Being our first time organizing an open mic, our theme is the First Time. We’ll be waiting for you to stand and do wonders at our first ever open mic event.

yaariyanMail them your poetry, story, song(for originals only) or comic set which you’d like to perform at Queer Awaaz. Register by mentioning your name, age, and contact number.

Note: – Your piece cannot be longer than 5 minutes.
– If your piece contains obscenities, offensive language/sensitive ideas, it will not be considered.

Deadline: 24th August 2018

For queries WhatsApp: Ankit: 80974 68660 Radhika: 96194 20020

Yaariyaan is the youth wing of Humsafar trust and this event is a part of their 9th-anniversary celebrations. The event will be held on Sunday 26th Aug at Humsafar Trust Vakola Santacruz East Mumbai, 4 PM onwards.

Friends of Linger – New Delhi

Friends of Linger – New Delhi

Friends of Linger is a mixed genre, ‘many faces’ band that is at times referred to as a band with a purpose. The band is credited with the first ever English dedication to the LGBTQ community back in 2013 which now has a fresh video. Earlier this year, its new song, Dignity, was adopted by the global movement for women – She Decides.

Ranging from rock to funk to jazz, the band has an interesting mix of its own, not hesitating to cover the likes of Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stone, The Police, Lady Gaga or even Justin Timberlake. The band, since it took shape, has attempted to send out socially relevant messages through harmonic tunes.

Friends of Linger has featured in media spaces such as Times of India, Hindustan Times, New Indian Express, www.gaystarnews.com, www.scoopwhoop.com, DNA, www.thewire.in, Rolling Stone as well as Radio One.

The band has a concert scheduled this weekend at Hard Rock Cafe, Saket, Delhi at 8:30 PM. Tickets available at the door on BookmyShow

 

Hope you have a fun time at the event. Don’t forget to send us your feedback in the comment section below.

 

Thirai: Screening “Happy Birthday, Marsha!” – Chennai

Thirai: Screening “Happy Birthday, Marsha!” – Chennai

There are many stories that have never been written and the history and legacy of subaltern communities and the marginalized communities are usually oppressed and erased. To add to that, we also belong to a culture that heavily depended on oral history. Today we have observed and documented what suits us.

The rest is discarded or not spoken about. While the erasure of identities has been the tool of the oppressor, it is also true that those who hold power within the marginalized overshadow others by their privilege and dominance. Most often this erasure is to silence the dissenting voices or the people who are not in a position of power.

To set the stage for the discussion we will be screening the most waited short film Happy Birthday, Marsha! (HBM).

“MARSHA P. JOHNSON was a black trans woman. She was an activist, part of a group called Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, and a kind of political theorist. She was associated with the anti-policing Stonewall riots.

She was a performance artist in a downtown theater troupe called the Hot Peaches. She was a fixture and icon in the downtown scene and the queer, trans, and gender nonconforming landscape of New York City up until 1992 when she was found dead in the Hudson River.” – ARTFORUM

It’s been almost 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising yet the leading role that street queens, trans women of color and gender non-conforming people played during the riots has never received the recognition it deserves.

“Tourmaline Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s short film Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018) is a moving celebration and evocation of trans activist and artist Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson, set on the eve of the Stonewall riots in 1969. Gossett and Wortzel bring archival intimacies and a deep sense of care to the project of representing Johnson’s life and legacy, resulting in a remarkable fifteen-minute film that ranges in feeling from soaring uplift to deep loss. Created through extensive community collaboration, the film features lush cinematography by Arthur Jafa, an expressive score by Geo Wyeth, and star turn performances by Mya Taylor as Johnson and by queer New York City stalwarts Jay Toole, Jimmy Camicia, and Egypt LaBeija, among many others.” – ARTFORUM

Thirai is a film screening event produced by Queer Chennai Chronicles. Through Thirai, QCC tries to enable conversation on topics that are important and relevant for our today’s queer movement.

The Screening is scheduled for Sunday 19th Aug, 5:30 PM onwards at Backyard, a space for Expression, Storytelling, and Co-ideation on 3rd Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar Chennai, India