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

Still About Sec 377 – Screening by Harmless Hugs – New Delhi

Still About Sec 377 – Screening by Harmless Hugs – New Delhi

Harmless Hugs is a Delhi based support group which started as an initiative to support and empower feminist groups and members of the LGBTQA community. They are organizing a special screening of Still About Sec 377 this Saturday 11th Aug in Delhi.

Harmless Hugs is a dynamic platform bringing together liberal souls all around the world and help one another in the process of finding and embracing their true self.

Harmless Hugs LogoFounded on 10-September-2012, it is an expansive space driven by core values of unity in diversity and coexistence. Raising over tags, their vision is to create a collaborative culture that focuses on free and fair human expression. Harmless Hugs is driven by both online as well as ground-based initiatives for the feminist groups and LGBTQA communities and allies.

Harmless hugs is organizing a special screening of arguably one of India’s best Queer web series Still about Section 377 directed by Amit Khanna. The main cast includes Ankit Bhatia, Amit Khanna, Gulshan Nain, Gunjan Malhotra, Gaurav Mishra, Mustafa Sheikh and Yash Yogi.

The web series is the sequel to All About Section 377 which won many accolades at national and international level and was even featured in Firstpost.

Still about section 377 is about love and how it can never be wrong. It explores the story of a lover who can go to any lengths to get his love back and in the process makes you fall in love with his character.Click To Tweet Still about Section 377 series was also screened in Mumbai earlier this year in association with Gay Bombay.

The screening will be organized by Harmless Hugs at India HIV / AIDS Alliance 6 Zamrudpur Community Centre, Kailash Colony, 110048 New Delhi  12 noon onwards. and they also have some surprises waiting for you at the venue.

If you still aren’t excited check this trailer and you will know why we think you should be there.

Do share your thoughts on your experience at the event in the comment section below. Hope to see you there.


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