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National Coming Out Day — October 11th 2009

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Imagine living as someone you’re not… Obliging by others, but not being true to yourself and who you really are. Some people gasp at the thought of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) folks within the Desi community. It’s not a phenomenon or a rarity – it’s for real. We do exist – we are your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins & in-laws… you get the point :) In 2009, the Delhi highcourts overthrew Section 377, a penal code not written by the Indian government, but by British imperial lawmakers. Section 377, made it illegal for gays to co-exist with others (it was really a law prohibiting sodomy — but the government used it to blackmail the LGBT community)

National Coming Out Day, doesn’t mean you HAVE to come out, it’s simply a way of saying “It’s ok… to be who you are, if you’re ready — you will have a community to support you…” Trikone has numerous Desi LGBT members – they are a group of people where you can feel safe to be yourself. They put out a quarterly magazine (filled with wonderful articles all in color) they have monthly outings, gatherings and social events. It’s an umbrella for the Desi LGBT community — however everyone is welcome to join (friends, allies, volunteers, supporters) they have strong ties to P-FLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) so if you’re a parent, feel free to reach out to Trikone

Urban Desi Radio is proud to be an ally of Trikone and last night we interviewed one of Trikone’s outreach members Poonam was interviewed by UDR. Check out the interview!

www.trikone.org