Tag: Queer

Queer Desis host a wedding celebration at India’s Day Parade!

1Aug

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Every year, here in the Bay Area, the FIA host the annual India Independence Day Mela & Parade. They have always welcome Trikone, that serves the South Asian Queer community in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. Their booth at the melas has always be so much fun and full of color. This year…Trikone plans to bring awareness and educate how the Defense Of Marriage Act, discriminates against the queer community and how we all deserve the right to get married.

Trikone will hold a MOCK wedding ceremony between two men and two women, the crowd at the mela will be encourage to participate and join in the festivities!!!

Be sure you come to the mela and stop by the Trikone Booth! It will be held Aug 14th and 15th in Fremont CA.

If you are interested in volunteering please email harsha[@]trikone.org

A) Booth Setup:
We need help with the booth setup. We will decorate the booth in traditional “mandap” style, with lots of festive fabric and flowers.
On the day of the event, we need atleast 4 volunteers to help us with the setup and bring down of the booth.
The setup will be done on Saturday Aug 14th and bring down on Sunday, Aug 15th.
The entire booth setup should not take more than 2 hours.
B) Fabric for the booth:
If you have traditional South Asian fabric/sarees that you can lend us please let us know.
If you are interested in helping us with the decorations/ideas for setting up the booth write me an email.
Even if you cannot physically be present, we are always looking out for fresh ideas from the community.
C) Make flower garlands:
We need volunteers who can make flower garlands out of loose flowers.
This can be done on the day of the event and should not take more than an hour.
D) Invitation card write up/design:
We will be handing out “Invitation cards” to passersby and inviting them to join us in the celebration.
If you are interested in designing the layout of the card, write-up or co-ordinate with the print out, please let us know.
Trikone will reimburse you for the print out.
Multiple volunteers can collectively accomplish this task
E) Mock Couple:
We need:
2 men to be the mock couple of Saturday
2 women to be the mock couple on Sunday.
Must be willing to wear traditional Indian attire.
Please write to us if you are interested in being the mock couple.

F) Wedding games co-ordinator:
In this position, you will be responsible to come with short (5 min) wedding related games that will engage the visitor with the wedding ceremony.
G) Wedding photographer:
As the wedding photographer, you would be taking pictures of visitors with the mock couple (if requested).
H) Wedding Guests:
As part of the wedding contingent, we need members of our community in festive apparel to participate and make our booth approachable and open.
We need you to send out positive vibes :)
I) Music co-ordinator:
Compile Bollywood Wedding songs (anywhere between 20-50) that could be played throughout the day!
J) Advocacy member:
As visitors approach our booth and we engage them with all the fun filled activities, we also want to spend a moment with them to let them know what Trikone is and how they can be an ally.

Trikone looking fabulous @ 23!

15Oct

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Over 23 years ago, Arvind Kumar and Suvir Das founded Trikone, here in the San Francisco Bay Area. They published their first newsletter, January ’86. Over the years the single sheet newsletter has manifested in colorful and spectacular magazine! Trikone serves the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender South Asian community here in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

Last week, we had Poonam on air, a Trikone outreach member. She explained some of Trikone’s amazing activities and outreach programs.

As we mention before, Urban Desi Radio is a proud ally of Trikone and the LGBT South Asian community. It’s our pleasure to show our listeners a sneak peak of Trikone’s upcoming “Out and Proud” issue!

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“…Read about everything ranging from how the lady who cuts our Magazine Editor’s hair expressed disbelief about the existence of an actual Indian gay man, to all the out and proud South Asian LGBT achievers. It’s a fantastic issue with material and illustrations that will amaze you, make you smile, get you to wonder, and most importantly give you a sense of pride for who you are…” — Manoj, Outreach Director

Interested in subscribing to the magazine?

Contact Manoj

National Coming Out Day — October 11th 2009

8Oct

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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