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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

TRANSTALENTS 1.0 – Coimbatore  – 29th July

TRANSTALENTS 1.0 – Coimbatore – 29th July

Sahodari is a movement, a family, and a team of young transsexual people, volunteers, and friends. Sahodari was founded by Kalki Subramaniam, a successful transsexual woman from Pollachi, Tamilnadu. Sahodari Foundation empowers the underprivileged women, children and transgender communities of India through education, art, and creativity.

They believe education and arts can change the underprivileged communities of women, children, and transgender persons to empower people.

Sahodari foundation Coimbatore has come up with a unique event named TRANSTALENTS 1.0 to promote talent amongst the transgender community in Coimbatore.LGBT Events India is proud to be associated with Sahodari Foundation.
There is nothing like appreciating great talents and by this appreciation, you’re gonna make the lives of many people happy. So here are the details of the event

Sahodari Foundation TranstalentsVenue 641, Saibaba Colony, Coimbatore
Date Sunday 29th July
Time 12 PM
Entry Rs 150. ( Book your seat online here)
We wish all the best to all the participants in the show and if you like this post don’t forget to drop us a line in the comments section of this post

 

Reel Desires : Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2018

Reel Desires : Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2018

Chennai has the second largest number of theatres in India second only to Mumbai. And nothing is better than depicting LGBTQ through cinema so that the acceptance level amongst other sections of the society increases. Chennai has been organizing Queer Film festival since November 2004 and this year Orinam and Goethe-Institut, working in partnership with Nirangal, Chennai Queer Café (CQC), SAATHII,
and East-West Center for Counselling and Training will present Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2018.

Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2018. is a series of feature films, shorts, and documentaries showcasing sexuality and gender diversity issues.Click To Tweet

Venue: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 4, Rutland Gate 5th Street, Chennai 600 006

Dates:
July 27: Friday 6 pm – 9 pm (3 hours)
July 28: Saturday 3 pm – 9 pm (6 hours)
July 29: Sunday 3 pm – 9 pm (6 hours)
For more Information: Mobile: 9884373433 / 9841476101
Email: chennaiintlqueerfilmfest@gmail.com

This year’s line-up consists of 32 films from 17 countries, selected from nearly 120 submissions via a community-led review process.

They chronicle the global struggle for rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, gender fluid, intersex, asexual and other queer people; and examine the intersections of queer issues with gender, class, age, religion, poverty, and disability.

Trans issues and Gay Parenting

Feature films include Irattajeevitham (Malayalam) that explores the story of struggle and acceptance of a trans man from his family and the woman he loves, and Ein Weg (Paths), a German feature centered on a couple Andreas and Martin who share the ups and downs of life and gay parenting.

The Sunday finale My Son is Gay, a Tamil film by Lokesh Kumar, narrates the journey of a young gay man, and his attempts to lead a life where he doesn’t have to hide his sexuality.

A festival highlight is the queer film package from the Berlinale Spotlight, featuring films from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, and Brazil. Reel Desires will also feature poetry-films and reading by trans artist-activist Kalki Subramaniam at the inaugural on Friday.

Saturday’s line-up includes a panel discussion Intersections and Solidarities, featuring speakers from various social justice movements and corporate diversity-inclusion initiatives.

On Sunday, writer and trans activist A. Revathi will present her acclaimed solo play Vellai Mozhi.

The film festival is a reminder of our common humanity, which transcends boundaries of sexuality, gender identity and culture, and exists in solidarity with other struggles for social justice.

Ek Madhav Baug | 1st July | Allahabad |

Ek Madhav Baug | 1st July | Allahabad |

There are a very few things which are closer to one’s heart than the love of our Mothers. It’s always pure, divine, selfless, full of life yet always feels less.

In the modern day world, everything around us has changed, what remains unchanged is the love of a Mother.

All mothers love their kids equally, but those who realize their children are special love them even more. Vaijanti was one of them.

A lady sitting in front of aLaptopEk Madhav Baug is a play within a play, a unique theatrical device where a mother narrates how she came to terms with his son’s sexuality, and also comes out of her character at intervals to speak to the writer.

The role is played by one of the most talented actors Mona Ambegaokar and was written by late dramatist Chetan Datar

RAQS AND Aaghaaz Foundation are pleased to invite you for Hindi play reading of “Ek Madhav Baug” written by late Chetan Datar and produced by Alternate Initiatives, an affiliate of the Humsafar Trust, Mumbai.

“Ek Madhav Baug” is one of the pioneering plays written on homosexuality and acceptance of the LGBTQHIA+ community.

The play is seen from the point of view of a mother who discovers that her son is gay and through his diary, relives his journey of discovery of his own sexuality.

The reading will be followed by an interactive session with the actress, Mona Ambegaonkar, and delegates from the Humsafar Trust.

Date-1st July 2018
Venue- Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute Jhusi, Allahabad – 211019 Uttar Pradesh, INDIA
Time- 06:00 pm
Entry- First come first serve basis
For more details contact:
Dharmesh: 9682769672 ,Chittajit: 7376238101,Toshi: 9519371008,Pratik : 8840570878
Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival | MIST | 6th -8th April |

Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival | MIST | 6th -8th April |

The Out & Loud Pune International Queer Film Festival, powered by MIST, is an annual event showcasing handpicked queer films from the world over. What’s more!? The festival promises an amazing line-up of performances and thought-provoking panel discussions.

Out and Loud Pune Queer Film Festival Image 1Besides coming together for the love of art and cinema, the festival will also be an open platform for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer) to voice their concerns in a social-friendly environment. The very first event was held in April 2017, in Pune, Maharashtra; and is open to all type of audiences.

This year they plan to have even more films with thought-provoking topics that will make you think about various aspects of sexuality, gender and emotions of queer individuals.

The first Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival was held in the April of 2017 to an overwhelming response. In April 2018, they present you the second edition of Out & Loud – PIQFF. Our aim is to have a bigger and better event for you, with an all-new line-up of movies, performances and panel discussions.

About MIST
Mist is an 8-year-old LGBTQ collective. They started in Bengaluru in 2010 and now have members in Pune and Hyderabad as well. They organize events in various cities in collaboration with local groups. They also have a vibrant online presence supporting its events on the ground.

Mist runs solely on donations from members of the community and allies so we request you to help them reach the target to bring you a bigger and more fun at Queer Film Festival – PIQFF in 2018.

You can also do a bank transfer to the below-mentioned account setup for this fundraising campaign:

Account number: 80808080101028177
Account name: LGBT Community of Pune
IFSC code: YESB0CMSNOC
For more details visit here. Give them a thumbs up on their social media pages too. Your feedback is appreciated, leave a comment down below.

BODH – Queer workshop in Allahabad by RAQS | 5th-7th Jan 2018

BODH – Queer workshop in Allahabad by RAQS | 5th-7th Jan 2018

Resistive Alliance for Queer Solidarity (RAQS) – a queer-straight alliance that helps people understand queerness in Hindi. As simple as it sounds it’s very difficult if you start to look at it from various angles.It’s usually cities like Mumbai Delhi Banglore which get mentioned for their queer culture / the kind support they garner from the allies.What’s particularly important that smaller cities are coming forward and that’s how the community can shun the title of “minuscule minority”

Resistive Alliance for Queer Solidarity (RAQS) was founded by Dharmesh chaubey in Allahabad. He’s currently a student at Allahabad  University and believes that Pride, as the word suggests, instills pride in you and that’s how you should live with pride always!

Resistive Alliance for Queer Solidarity (RAQS) is organizing a 3-day residential* workshop to have a free interaction regarding several pressing issues affecting the community. Kindly do pay the compulsory registration fees of Rs 500 only, confirmation & further info will be shared via email & donate if possible. (Not more than Rs 5,000 per person)

Food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) & refreshments will be provided. For any further queries, you can email them at chaubeydharmesh0@gmail.com or chittajitm@rediff.com