Tag: LGBT Desis

Trikone Members Attacked By Modi Supporters

4Oct

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Although this is not the main video, here’s a glimpse of right wing zealots who support Modi verbally attacking, harassing and pushing the members of Trikone.

The zealots took signs from Trikone members and ripped them up and some Modi supporters even got physical. Here’s a detailed account from Trikone’s co-chair Ali.

Section 377 was brought back into the law books December 2013, Modi has yet to acknowledge 377 or make any promises to the South Asian LGBTQ community that he will get the code off the law books for good.

These types of horrendous actions remind us all that homophobia and ignorance is still very much alive, even in the Bay Area.

Do you know these supporters who kept harassing the Trikone members?

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Sandip Roy interviewed the members of Trikone. Listen here.

Brighting light to Desi Media Bullying LGBT Members

23Dec

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Our friend @TheGaysian brought to our attention a sad trend that has been around for a long time – media professionals who are a part of the LGBT community, but are being bullied by their managers and co-workers, especially in Desi Media. It all starts with a snarky comment and escalates to isolation and intimidation to unemployment. We stand next to the TheGaysian that this is NOT ok. While in these tough economic times, some might believe its foolish to stand up for a co-worker being bullied if that means YOU might get fired, but where’s the integrity?

As members of the LGBT community – we live, we sleep, we cry and we do a kick ass job in media like anyone else. Some of us are open and some of us are not, regardless whether we are out or keep our sexuality to ourselves; no one has the right to bully us. It only takes one person to stand up for another to set a positive message.

I would encourage if you see this type of ruthless behavior in the workplace, especially if you are a member of the media – be bold and stand up for your co-worker.

No such thing as queer desis? Think again… check out trikone.org

Trikone rings in 25 years of activism for the South Asian LGBTQ community

8Sep

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The South Asian LGBTQ is a minority within a minority community, however Trikone has been around for 25 years supporting the South Asian LGBTQ community and educating the South Asian mainstream community. On September 10th, we encourage our readers and listeners to buy tickets for their annual gala Kulture Kulcha, where members of the community and their allies come together to put on a show of dance, comedy and spoken word. This year, Basement Bhangra founder – the legendary DJ Rekha will be on the turntables, the witty and humorous D’Lo will be the emcee. Tickets are going FAST!!!!

Swapna-Sucheta Suicide Case

15Mar

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Sappho one of the great Greek lyricist and poets

From Sappho (Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Women) this was reported in the Telegraph (Eastern Indian English newspaper) the two women were in a lesbian relationship, sadly they both committed, because they felt this was the only way they could be together. Sappho went to their town to learn more about the two young women and their families.

Swapna-Sucheta Suicide Case
Nandigram, Sonachura, 20th February.2011
A Report by the Fact Finding Team of Sappho for Equality

The incident was reported in the Telegraph, a leading English daily of
eastern India on 22nd February 2011, along with smaller insertions on
the same day in Times of India, Kolkata, Ganashakti (Bengali daily
from Kolkata), Mumbai Mirror and Ahmedabad Mirror.

Two young girls from a village named Sonachura, under Nandigram police
station, in East Midnapur District, had committed suicide together by
consuming pesticide. They were neighbours, distant cousins; the elder
used to give tuition to the younger and were in a lesbian
relationship. The younger was married off some months ago after the
villagers became suspicious about their relationship.

Apart from the above mentioned basic facts media reports were
contradictory about the names of the girls, their ages, and other
details related to this incident. One of the news papers with
expressed political allegiance went to the extent of calling it a
murder (it should be remembered that Nandigram and Sonachura have been
in the news for State Government’s land acquisition policy and counter
movement, and is still in a situation of political unrest with state
elections knocking at the door).

We at Sappho for Equality decided that given the contradictory nature
of the media reports, and the political positioning of Nandigram with
a general pre-poll unrest prevailing in the state, we should carry out
a fact finding process on our own. It also is considered as a step
towards our advocacy and lobbying campaign with the state machinery,
the police to be precise.

As step one we formed an internal fact finding team of experienced
members. The team first met Ms. Damayanti Sen IPS, Joint Commissioner
of Police, Crime Branch, Kolkata, for back up police support for the
fact finding mission and also for involving her in the advocacy and
lobbying campaign. We got extremely positive response from her for the
immediate venture and the long term project. She gave us contacts of
very senior police personnel of the West Bengal Police, the Additional
director of Police, Law and Order, who in turn connected us with the
East Midnapore Police Superintendent, OC of Nandigram Police Station
and Sub Inspector of Tekhali, Sonachura Police Outpost. The last
referred person had actually handled this case and we got maximum
information from him through our fact finding process on 26th
February.

On 26th February our five-member team, ready with audio-visual
documenting    equipments, went to Sonachura for finding out real
facts and scopes for further intervention regarding the couple suicide
case of Swapna-Sucheta. We met and interviewed Swapna’s parents, one
of her coaching class students who used to study with Sucheta also,
Sucheta’s mother, one of their male neighbours, few neighbourhood
women, Sucheta’s husband Bikash Mondal, Panchayet Pradhan Kalikrishna
Pradhan (chief functionary of the rural local governance system) and
Sub Inspector Animesh Chakraborty of Tekhali Police Outpost and also
had a talk with Second Officer Sambhunath Das of Nandigram Police
Station. Copy of a note book with Swapna’s description of their
relationship and the final act along with the copy of case diary were
collected as testimony.

The incident and its background as found by the fact finding committee
is – Swapna, 21/22 has always been a quite and integrated person. She
is one of the rare girls who had passed Madhyamik (school leaving
examination) and instead of marriage opted for a career as a teacher.
Her parents already burdened with the debts accumulated after her two
elder sisters’ marriage decided not to press too hard. She had opened
a coaching centre at her home and was giving tuition to the
neighbourhood students and earning a modest amount of money. Sucheta,
17/18, a neighbourhood girl, a second/third cousin used to come to her
coaching centre and they had developed very deep and intimate
relationship. The villagers started suspecting about the nature of
their relationship to be homosexual and about year ago a huge ruckus
was created by some of the village elders and both the families were
threatened. Sucheta’s parents decided to marry their daughter off and
they
got hold of a young neighbourhood boy, Bikash, 20/21, who works as a
masonry help in Orissa, was once in a relationship with Sucheta before
she got involved with Swapna. Sucheta refused to marry but was forced
into it, a very common practice everywhere in India, and was married
off about six months ago. But the relationship continued and Bikash,
tried to commit suicide, unsuccessfully, after two months of his
marriage to Sucheta. On 20th February 2011, Sucheta had come to visit
her natal family and went missing along with Swapna. The families and
villagers looked for them the whole night and in the morning they were
found dead at a spot about 2 km from their home tied together by a
gamchha (handloom towel) embracing each other. Police report says that
they had committed suicide by consuming pesticide. A note book was
found at Swapna’s home where she has clearly described the nature of
their relationship and her decision of committing suicide as they
thought that to be the only way of staying together because the
society would not let be with each other. Her last request was to be
cremated together, which was not observed because none of the families
including Sucheta’s marital family were willing to accept the dead
bodies back from police morgue to give them an honourable funeral.

From interactions with both of the families, Sucheta’s husband, and
neighbourhood persons, the single striking fact, clear to all of us,
was that no one is actually sad for those two deceased human beings.
Swapna’s parents are bewildered because she was a major bread winner
for her family, Sucheta’s mother (we could not meet her father) was
too cautious to talk. Bikash was busy clearing his name, trying to
prove that all was well between them as a married couple. Never did he
gave any information regarding his failed suicide attempt.

The neighbourhood guy agreed that it is bad that the girls have
committed suicide, it is not right to marry someone off forcibly. When
asked that what would be his/their plan of action if something like
this happens again, he said they would involve women next time
something like this happens and try to make the girls understand the
immorality and impossibility of such a situation rather than forcing
them into marriage. The Panchayet Pradhan also was unhappy about the
deaths and subsequent turn of events when the families refused to
cremate the deadbodies. He said that he was willing to organize funds
needed for their last rites but the families were not ready to do so,
though they cited poverty as their reason, he felt that immorality of
the act had actually forced the families to disown the girls. He also
said that he believes homosexuality is wrong because some group
involved in HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in that area had declared so.
Police
personnel in the area, the sub-inspector of Tekhali police outpost,
in particular, seemed to be quite sensitive about the issue. Police
was willing to help the families in obtaining the bodies from morgue
but as the Pradhan, the S I also commented upon the families’
reluctance in arranging funeral rites due to the dead as non
acceptance of their lesbian relationship.

At this juncture, Sappho for Equality has already designed a targeted
intervention programme for eradicating violence against LBT persons
with long and short term work plans keeping this incident and other
similar incidents in focus.

Short term work plans

awareness camp in the Nandigram/Sonachura area after Assembly election
leafleting and campaigning with university and college students
keeping this incident at the centre
collaborating with Maitree (a forum of women’s rights groups and
individual activists in West Bengal) to present this case in the 8th
march programme (It had already been taken place)
Creating a violence dossier with similar reported incidents as ready reckoner.
Raising the issue of violence against LBT persons in every possible
fora and sharing this report with all interested organizations and
individuals working on similar or allied issues.

Long term work plan

advocacy and lobbying with the State Administrative System
police sensitization programme

Sappho for Equality is an Activist Platform Working for the Rights of
Sexually Marginalized (Les/Bi/Trans) Women in Kolkata

Did TV9 gay sting operation piss you off?

1Mar

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It sure pissed us off, this isn’t journalism, these so-called journalist need to know that you can’t pull a stunt like this. As we reported, a young man tried to take his life, after his parents saw him on this segment. What TV9 did was put more fuel into the homophobic fire, that keeps people in the closet. Thanks to our friends at Trikone (Manoj) we got a DIRECT email to the legal aid, I would like to encourage our readers to write an email to her expresses your concerns and outrage over this segment.

padmavathi.appala@tv9.net and you can also submit a message to TV9 founder Ravi Dutta right here

But we stronger advise our readers to drop Padmavathi an email.

TV9 “Gay Sting” Transcript

Hubba Hubba Miss Mallika

27Feb

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Mallika is looking stunning as ever, she’s got the Oscar fever and poses on the red carpet! She’s surely flexing her Hollywood Citizenship pass. One of these days, she will be holding up an Oscar and screaming “I’M  THE QUEEN OF THE WORLD” (James Cameron moment)

Urban Desi Radio’s Oscar Picks…

27Feb

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The one night where Hollywood truly dazzles us at the Kodak Theater, actors/actresses fighting over a gold bald man (the oscar) it’s the night movie buffs (the mainstream kind) lives for. I have to say, over the past couple of years, the Oscars have been dull. I miss the days when Whoopi Goldberg used to host them, personally one of my favorite actresses. I used to collect autographs as a kid, Whoopi was the first one to send me back an autograph picture. 2010 brought us some AMAZING movies, I watched most of them with my movie buff counterpart, Mitch Washington. He LOVED Inception, I thought it should of been released in the Fall because of his suspense factor. I saw the Social Network (Facebook movie — I called it at the ticket counter — with the other Urban Desi Radio founder, Miss Banga) we both liked the movie, quite honestly could relate to it, with previous fallouts with other people we’ve done business with. Take a look at *our picks, do you agree?

*Our Picks in BOLD

Best Picture

‘Black Swan’

‘The Fighter’

‘Inception’

‘The Kids Are All Right’

‘The King’s Speech’

‘127 Hours’

‘The Social Network’

‘Toy Story 3’

‘True Grit’

‘Winter’s Bone’

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky
‘Black Swan’

David O. Russell
‘The Fighter’

Tom Hooper
‘The King’s Speech’

David Fincher
‘The Social Network’

Joel and Ethan Coen
‘True Grit’

Best Actress

Annette Bening
‘The Kids Are All Right’

Nicole Kidman
‘Rabbit Hole’

Jennifer Lawrence
‘Winter’s Bone’

Natalie Portman
‘Black Swan’

Michelle Williams
‘Blue Valentine’

Best Actor

Javier Bardem
‘Biutiful’

Jeff Bridges
‘True Grit’

Jesse Eisenberg
‘The Social Network’

Colin Firth
‘The King’s Speech’

James Franco
‘127 Hours’

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams
‘The Fighter’

Helena Bonham Carter
‘The King’s Speech’

Melissa Leo
‘The Fighter’

Hailee Steinfeld
‘True Grit’

Jacki Weaver
‘Animal Kingdom’

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale
‘The Fighter’

John Hawkes
‘Winter’s Bone’

Jeremy Renner
‘The Town’

Mark Ruffalo
‘The Kids Are All Right’

Geoffrey Rush
‘The King’s Speech’

Best Animated Feature Film

‘How to Train Your Dragon’

‘Illusionist’

‘Toy Story 3’

Best Foreign Language Film

‘Biutiful’
Mexico

‘Dogtooth’
Greece

‘In a Better World’
Denmark

‘Incendies’
Canada

‘Outside the law’
Algeria

Best Original Screenplay

Mike Leigh
‘Another Year’

Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
‘The Fighter’

Christopher Nolan
‘Inception’

Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
‘The Kids Are All Right’

David Seidler
‘The King’s Speech’

Best Adapted Screenplay

Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
‘127 Hours’

Aaron Sorkin
‘The Social Network’

John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
‘Toy Story 3’

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
‘True Grit’

Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
‘Winter’s Bone’

Best Documentary Feature

‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

‘Gasland’

‘Inside Job’

‘Restrepo’

‘Waste Land’

Best Original Song

‘Coming Home’ from ‘Country Strong’
Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

‘I See the Light’ from ‘Tangled’
Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

‘If I Rise’ from ‘127 Hours’
Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

‘We Belong Together’ from ‘Toy Story 3’
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Original Score

‘How to Train Your Dragon’
John Powell

‘Inception’
Hans Zimmer

‘The King’s Speech’
Alexandre Desplat

‘127 Hours’
A.R. Rahman

‘The Social Network’
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Film Editing

‘Black Swan’
Andrew Weisblum

‘The Fighter’
Pamela Martin

‘The King’s Speech’
Tariq Anwar

‘127 Hours’
Jon Harris

‘The Social Network’
Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter

Best Visual Effects

‘Alice in Wonderland’
Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas & Sean Phillips

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz & Nicolas Aithadi

‘Hereafter’
Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski & Joe Farrell

‘Inception’
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley & Peter Bebb

‘Iron Man 2’
Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright & Daniel Sudick

Best Cinematography

‘Black Swan’
Matthew Libatique

‘Inception’
Wally Pfister

‘The King’s Speech’
Danny Cohen

‘The Social Network’
Jeff Cronenweth

‘True Grit’
Roger Deakins

Best Sound Mixing

‘Inception’
Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo & Ed Novick

‘The King’s Speech’
Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen & John Midgley

‘Salt’
Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan & William Sarokin

‘The Social Network’
Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick & Mark Weingarten

‘True Grit’
Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff & Peter F. Kurland

Best Sound Editing

‘Inception’
Richard King

‘Toy Story 3’
Tom Myers & Michael Silvers

‘Tron: Legacy’
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle & Addison Teague

‘True Grit’
Skip Lievsay & Craig Berkey

‘Unstoppable’
Mark P. Stoeckinger

Best Costume Design

‘Alice in Wonderland’
Colleen Atwood

‘I Am Love’
Antonella Cannarozzi

‘The King’s Speech’
Jenny Beavan

‘The Tempest’
Sandy Powell

‘True Grit’
Mary Zophres

Best Art Direction

‘Alice in Wonderland’
Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I’
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

‘Inception’
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat

‘The King’s Speech’
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr

‘True Grit’
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Best Makeup

‘Barney’s Version’
Adrien Morot

‘The Way Back’
Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk & Yolanda Toussieng

‘The Wolfman’
Rick Baker & Dave Elsey

Best Short Film (Live Action)

‘The Confession’ – Tanel Toom
‘The Crush’ – Michael Creagh
‘God of Love’ – Luke Matheny
‘Na Wewe’ – Ivan Goldschmidt
‘Wish 143’ – Ian Barnes & Samantha Waite

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

‘Killing in the Name’
‘Poster Girl’
‘Strangers No More’
‘Sun Comes Up’
‘The Warriors of Qiugang’

Best Short Film (Animated)

‘Day & Night’ – Teddy Newton
‘The Gruffalo’ – Jakob Schuh & Max Lang
‘Let’s Pollute’ – Geefwee Boedoe
‘The Lost Thing’ – Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruhemann

Telugu TV9 sets up sting operation to “out” members of the LGBT community

26Feb

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Ravi Prakash Dutt (Founder of TV9)

These so-called journalist from Telugu TV9 should be ashamed of themselves, they scrolled through several gay dating sites and looked up profiles from Hyderabad and the AP state. They reported the “gay lifestyle” goes against the laws of natural. Where were they when the Delhi High Courts abolished Section 377? They don’t understand that careless journalism like this, could lead to death – a young man TV9 outed tried to commit suicide.

Please reach out and contact Ravi Prakash Dutt, who founded TV9 and demand that his staff to apologize for broadcasting homophobic remarks. info@tv9.net + 91-40-23352900

NDTV reports on TV9 Sting Operation

One of the oldest South Asian LGBT organizations, founded in SF, Trikone issued a statement.

Trikone community members have expressed outrage, anger, shock and a sense of violation by the acts of TV9. Bharath Reddy, a fellow Trikone member has summarized our collective sense of outrage in his thoughts: “I am appalled and shocked by the egregious breach of privacy and human rights perpetrated by TV9 in this so called expose. The report is nothing but a cheap attempt to boost ratings through the blatant promotion of homophobia. The damage has been done, one of the outed individuals has attempted suicide. Other lives might be ruined too.”

Neelu Bhuman adds “TV9 has failed to stand by its own motto: for a better society. Its outrageous and unethical gay expose demonstrates that TV9 is FOR a BITTER and BIGOTED society”

Shridhar Sadasivan eloquently expresses our concern : “This is not about being out or being in the closet, this is not even about straight or queer, this is about an individual’s right to privacy and dignity. Nobody wants their physical statistics, sexual preferences and positions shown on Television without their consent. The Desi Queer community would be equally outraged, had  this happened to our heterosexual counterparts. TV9 should apologize for this story and promise better sensitivity in the future”.

As organizations in India and abroad continue to work passionately to hold TV9 responsible for their reckless actions, we at Trikone not only condemn TV9’s actions but also to urge media outlets in India and elsewhere to examine their source of homophobia and not let personal biases cloud reason and responsibility.