Life Gets Better Together: December 2018 Sundowner

Life Gets Better Together: December 2018 Sundowner

6 Degrees LGBTQ Business Growth Network just completed a year and has grown phenomenally well in the past one year. It’s the brainchild of the best friends Praful Baweja – a renowned media professional with 15 yrs of work experience in Marketing, Branding, communications, Digital Marketing etc, Harish Iyer –  Gay rights activist, columnist, author, publisher, child rights activist and an animal lover among many other accomplishments and Sushil Narsian – first generation entrepreneur having keen interest in product design and  founder of Indus Design.

6 Degrees LGBTQ Growth network monthly sundowner event for Dec 2018

Over the last one year it has become a collaborative space where they have facilitated meets with various objectives in mind . One of the major objectives is to network with like minded people and help each other grow in their respective career paths. The monthly sundowner is always well attended and has discussions around various topics from business to politics to collaborations.

6 degrees Monthly meetup event offers a chance for you to discover new collaboration opportunities, engage in interesting conversations, take on more clients, or hire people apart from mentorship opportunities; leads and referrals .

They curate an intimate group of passionate and talented individuals and entities, let them know how they could potentially work together, and give them a space to interact and engage. (These people incidentally include LGBTQ individuals as well as straight allies ) .

Their next event and the last event of 2018 is happening this weekend and here are the details –

  • Venue – Door No.1 – The Retro Bar, C – 1 Ankleshwar, Shop Numbers 1&2, ONGC Colony, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
  • Date- Friday, 14th Dec 2018
  • Time- 7 PM to 1 AM
  • Entry-  Rs 300 /- only

Whether you’re looking to discover new collaboration opportunities, engage in interesting conversations, find a new job or take on more clients – 6 Degrees Business Networking series offer the right platform, tools, and information to pursue relevant opportunities with like-minded people around you.

These sessions are limited in capacity and invite only, so make sure to register early. So please RSVP on 9870213831. Walkins arent banned either.

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.

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.

The Acceptance Meet 2018 – Families of Choice

The Acceptance Meet 2018 – Families of Choice

When you open any child’s primary school textbook, you see ‘Family’ defined as mother, father, brother, and sister. However, a large portion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) people do not have the chance to experience family in the same way.

LGBTQ people in India and around the world have redefined their meaning of ‘Family’ by either refusing to stick to society’s norms of heterosexual marriage or by forming bonds within the LGBTQ community which substitute (and often surpass) ‘traditional’ families.

yaariyanThey have built ‘Families of Choice’. This Acceptance Meet, Yaariyan celebrates these bonds and brings out these stories of acceptance, brotherhood, and camaraderie.

The Acceptance Meet is an annual event that brings together Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ), their family (close and extended), colleagues, friends and supporting allies. We have been covering Acceptance meet by Yaariyan since last year and its one event we all look forward to.

It is a space for them to come and share their stories and journeys of acceptance. The aim is to pave the way for acceptance and rational attitudes toward Indian LGBTQ, particularly the youth.

So without any further ado lets quickly give you the details of the event.


Venue- LT PCSA IIT Bombay Powai Mumbai

Day and Date – Wed 15th Aug 2018

Time – 3PM to 7:30 PM

Acceptance meet maps 2018

This event is being conducted in collaboration with the Humsafar Trust, Umang LBT group, QueerAdda, Saathi and Qgraphy. So if you are in Mumbai this independence day lets get to know more about these Families of Choice and show the world that these are the ones we depend on.

Feel free to drop us a line about your experience at the event in the comment section below.

Filmy Samaa Bollywood Quiz and Karaoke Night by Yaariyan

Filmy Samaa Bollywood Quiz and Karaoke Night by Yaariyan

Yaariyan is the youth wing of the Humsafar trust, known for working towards health and human rights of sexual minorities since 1994. Yaariyan has an online platform reaching out to 6000+ people and is one of the most active youth-oriented LGBT group in the country, organizing offline events and facilitating LGBTQ youth access to health and social support. Yaariyan has been actively organizing some fantastic event for the LGBTQ community for years.

It’s always a good time to go full on filmy, desi and dramatic. So bandh ke sehra, seena taan ke aao, Let’s play our jhakaas Bollywood Quiz, organized by Yaariyan. A queer-themed quiz with mind-boggling rounds, lots of masala and a hint of chichorapan. And if all this doesn’t interest you, you can rock the night singing your favorite Bolly numbers at our Karaoke set! So without further ado here are the details

yaariyanVenue – Pharaoh Lounge, Chakala

Date – Sunday 5th August 2018

Time – 2 pm to 6 pm

Entry – Rs 200/-

Contact – Priyendra – 9323286700 / Rahul – 9820082504

The event encourages RSVP so for giving your confirmation please click this link here