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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

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.

Orinam’s 14th anniversary meet-up – Dec 25

Orinam’s 14th anniversary meet-up – Dec 25

Orinam (ஓரினம்) is a Tamil word that means ‘One kind’ or ‘One community’. Orinam was founded in 2003, is an all-volunteer unregistered collective of LGBTI people and allies based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It functions as a support, cultural and activist space. On-the-ground activities including meet-ups, peer counseling and referrals, film festivals and literary events, sensitization workshops, and advocacy and networking with other LGBTI and other progressive groups and movements in the city, state, and country.

Orinam.net LogoAs queer individuals, we face a number of situations /problems, life can seem quite lonely and scary. People often have no one to share their issues with, seek solace or get any sense of direction. This tends to be the case with many individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community.

How can we support one another through these situations?

In an attempt to address these issues and provide members of the LGBTQIA+ a safe space where they could share and seek support to deal with issues that may arise due to their gender identity, sexual orientation and/or other intersecting factors.

Orinam is one of the initiators of the Tamil Nadu (formerly Chennai) Rainbow Coalition, a fluid cluster of groups that have individually and jointly been organizing events during Pride month annually since 2009. It is also one of the principal organizers of Reel Desires, the Chennai International Queer Film Festival, the latest in a series of queer film festivals in the city that first began in 2004.

Orinam’s diverse resource materials and archives in English and Tamil, available online at Orinam.net since 2006 and significantly expanded in 2009, have been used in many a sensitisation program and workshop in Chennai and elsewhere. They continue to be accessed by our family members, media, students, healthcare providers, and activists, among others. They have also been cited by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in its policy recommendations for transgender inclusion in India, a guidance document supplementing the April 15, 2014, NALSA verdict on transgender rights.

Orinam is part of the national LGBT+ archives project, and, specifically, is archiving legal documents, media coverage, petitions and other materials relating to IPC 377, at the site 377.orinam.net. It has also collated legal documents and analyses of the NALSA judgement.

Join them for a meet-up on the 14th founding anniversary of Orinam, Dec 25, 2017 at Semmozhi Poonga amphitheatre, Chennai. The meet-up will also double up as an edition of Orinam’s Quilt reading group. Feel free to bring along some readings on queer history or whatever else you would like to share. For more information, email them here.

Support group meet – Orinam.net | LGBT Events India

Support group meet – Orinam.net | LGBT Events India

Orinam (ஓரினம்) is a Tamil word that means ‘One kind’ or ‘One community’. Orinam was founded in 2003, is an all-volunteer unregistered collective of LGBTI people and allies based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It functions as a support, cultural and activist space. On-the-ground activities including meet-ups, peer counseling and referrals, film festivals and literary events, sensitization workshops, and advocacy and networking with other LGBTI and other progressive groups and movements in the city, state, and country.

Orinam.net LogoAs queer individuals, we face a number of situations /problems, life can seem quite lonely and scary. People often have no one to share their issues with, seek solace or get any sense of direction. This tends to be the case with many individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community.

How can we support one another through these situations?

In an attempt to address these issues and provide members of the LGBTQIA+ a safe space where they could share and seek support to deal with issues that may arise due to their gender identity, sexual orientation and/or other intersecting factors, Orinam is organizing their third peer-facilitated support group meeting on Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 3:30PM to 6:30 PM. If the meeting serves its purpose, there will be more, with facilitation on a rotational basis.

Venue: Please inbox or email here or WhatsApp 9841557983, latest by December 16, to indicate your interest and find out the venue. Please note the participation is restricted to a maximum of 20 individuals.

Hope you guys reading this have a lovely time at the meeting. Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Beyond Heteronormativity | Open Mic | LGBT Events India

Beyond Heteronormativity | Open Mic | LGBT Events India

Heteronormativity is the belief or assumption that all people are heterosexual, or that heterosexuality is the default or “normal” state of human being. it wont be wrong to say that our societies are largely think heteronormative.

As part of the Prajnya 2017 a 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence, Prajnya partners with the Orinam collective to bring you an open mic session ‘Beyond Heteronormativity’ to be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m.

Venue will be shared upon registration. You can write to either on orinam.net@gmail.com or prajnya.16days@gmail.com.

The event will explore, through personal narratives, creative expression (poetry, spoken word) and a panel discussion, the lives of those of us who exist outside of the binary gender and heterosexual norms. It will strive to enhance our understanding of homophobia, biphobia, interphobia and transphobia as forms of gender-based violence.

Do confirm your attendance by return email. If you are a member of the LGBTIQA+ communities and would like to share personal narratives, your poetry, or other readings, please sign up by dropping an email to orinam.net@gmail.com or a text/WhatsApp message to 98415-57983.

Hope to see you there

Freedom FEST-organised by PINK People Chennai

Freedom FEST-organised by PINK People Chennai

India achieved independence, seventy years ago. The British colonial societies took everything back with them except a few laws which India is stuck with. So this independence day let’s come together and enjoy the day with the loved ones

Pink People invite you and your loved ones to celebrate this year’s Independence Day in style.

Bring your flags, bats, rackets, food, and drinks etc.

The event is open to all. Kid and pet-friendly.

 

 

Venue- Elliot’s Beach Besant Nagar Chennai, India 600090

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Date –  15th Aug 2017

Time- 4 PM to 8 PM