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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.

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!!!!

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

Take Action Against TV9

28Feb

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Take Action Against TV9 Fan Page

Yesterday,  we blogged about the irresponsibility of TV9 actions against the Queer Desi Community in AP, they set up a sting operation to expose/humiliate gay men, and it almost cost someone their life – when they tried to commit suicide. If you can’t imagine or understand why this is bad, please read the translation of the program. Due to the sensitive content, the names have been edited out. Thank you Ram Abhireddy for the translation.

English translation :

The Female Reporter starts “A boy trying to pursue Girls is Common but Boys pursuing Boys
has become a Fashion. Gay Culture in Hyderabad is increasing drastically. All the gay men
in Hyderabad go to clubs or pubs once every week or ten days to celebrate. They Drink and
Dance with whomever they want.”

After having shown footage of a club she continues “This is 3 star pub in Secunderabad where
software employees, rich kids and students party on weekends but there is a specialty to
this party, the people you see in the video drunk dancing are Gay. Having got to know about
the Gay Parties the TV 9 team went to investigate and found the truth. Meeting, drinking and
partying like this on weekends has become a ritual to the gay men in this city.”

“Taking private party permission as an excuse all the gay men unite and party. It might sound
astonishing to hear but this is the reality. There are also very popular websites for gay men on
the internet. Planetromeo.com is the most famous website amongst others. The numbers of
users from Andhra Pradesh in this site are 6,500 out of which 4,604 are from Hyderabad alone.
They login, message, chat, meet and celebrate using this site. Any given time, there are about
200 users online on the site from the city. Software Employees and students are most users
who fall prey to this GAY CULTURE.”

“Sexy pictures, fashionable clothes, thrilling behavior and being able to communicate properly
are the weapons used by a gay man to attract another gay Man. The picture that you see is of
Person (D) who happens to be a software engineer who has taken sexy pictures of himself and
uploaded on the site to attract other gay men.”

The change the Picture and the reporter goes, “The guy in this picture is Person(R) who is a
student at JNTU University and lives in the dormitory. TV9 has “trapped” Person(R) after having
seen the pictures and contact information that he uploaded on the profile.”
The Phone Conversation between Person(R) and the “Investigator”

Investigator: Hello
Person® :Who is this?
Investigator: Is Person(R) there?
Person(R): Tell me I am Person(R) speaking
Investigator: You gave me this no on Planet romeo
Person(R):Ya, tell me who is this where r u from?
Investigator:I live in Banjara Hills Hyderabad where are u?
Person(R) :I am currently out of station but I am coming back soon
Investigator: When exactly are you coming back?
Person(R):I am coming back on Monday or Tuesday. Tuesday morning hopefully
Investigator:What are your stats?
Person(R):5.6 ht and 68 wt
Investigator: is it 5.8
Person(R):5.6 your height?

Investigator:I am 5.9, 5 feet 9 inches What are you? Are you a top or a Bottom
Person(R) :I am a top Investigator:so you are a top, what do you like?
Person(R): Foreplay and getting sucked. Where do u stay?
Investigator:I currently live in Banjara Hills
Person(R):Would you have place?
Investigator: ahhhhh
Person(R):Would you have place?
Investigator:I will call you when I have the place, Monday or Tuesday. I will only call you when I
have a place. What do you do?
Person(R): I got to JNTu
Investigator : Jntu? What do you do in JNTu?
Person(R): I study Mtech
Investigator : I can’t hear you properly can you be louder
Person(R): I am studying Mtech

They display another picture. “The person in this picture is Person(S) who is a Software
employee in a well known firm, good salary, lives in Miyapur and loves to go to Gay Parties.
Phone Conversation with Person(S) begins.

Person(S): Hello Who is this?
Reporter : Is Person(S) there?
Person(S): who is on the other side?
Reporter: This is Prashant speaking
Person(S): Prashanth?
Reporter: You gave me your number in PR
Person(S): oh.. ok Tell me
Reporter: Can you be a bit louder I cant hear you
Person(R): Tell me..
Reporter: Where are you Person(S) ?
Person(S): I am at Home currently, tell me
Reporter: Do you have a place now?
Person(S): Yes but my friends are there as of now
Reporter: Are your friends there?
Person(S) : Yes they will be here in an hour
Reporter: Ok What is your Age Person(S)?
Person(S): I am 27
Reporter: 27 oh.. What do you like?
Person(S):I am a versatile and you?
Reporter: Even I am also a versatile yaar
Person(S): ok ok Good to know
Reporter: What else do you like? What do you like on bed?
Person(S): I am telling you naa, I am a versatile, what do you like?
Reporter: ok ok

Phone Conversation ends. The Female Reporter starts talking “A lot of employees in higher
positions, white collared workers, highly qualified students are becoming slaves to lifestyle
which is against nature. Taking this as an advantage some people are blackmailing them.”

After showing a couple more pictures they stop at a picture. “The man in the pic is Person(F),
lives in Mehdipatnam, works at a software firm. To tell the truth, this is a part time job for him.
His actual “dhanda” is blackmailing. Talking to new people, getting sexual pleasures from
them and then black mailing them by taking pictures and videos of them and snatching money
from the same people for those pics and videos is Person(F)’s Job. While some do it for new
pleasures, some get spoilt by friends, others do it for the craving of money, the remaining are
vowed by the lust. Some of them have changed it into a business by capturing teenagers mind
and get them into this hell. Getting them into this Anti-Social lifestyle. In the city, A lot of clubs
give permission to organize gay parties without letting the rest of the world know.”

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.

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