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Podcast: Navigating Family, Self, and LGBT Activism in Taiwan

On May 24 of last year, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry, delivering a big legal win for the LGBT movement there. The ruling was the first of its kind in Asia.

But what does this ruling mean for LGBT…

 

Listen to podcast at ketagalan media.

 

‘How to spot a gay’ guide in Malaysian newspaper angers LGBT activists

A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing anger from activists who said lives were being put at risk. South China Morning Post…

 

Read article at South China Morning Post.

Reeta Loi discusses Desi Lesbians on BBC Radio London

“There’ve been events happening since the 80s… What we want to do is highlight that the conversation hasn’t moved forward with the South Asian community.” – Reeta Loi

Gaysians co-founder and Desi Lesbians moderator, Reeta Loi, was interviewed by Sunny and Shay on BBC Radio London on Sunday 11th February to…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

DESI LESBIANS: Meet the panellists, DJ Ritu (Club Kali)

Desi Lesbians, taking place Sunday 25th February at the Ritzy Picturehouse, explores the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women.

In the fourth of our multi-part series, we introduce panellist DJ Ritu, co-found of Club Kali.

For those that don’t know you, could you please…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

 

Diary Entry #24: My experience being queer Asian American with disability

Dear Diary,

This is my experience of being Asian American with disability and sexual orientation was gay or bisexual. During middle school, noticed I like men and have desire into their body. Had were no interest on women because many were too aggressive and arrogant. However, there were few women who…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

DESI LESBIANS: Meet the panellists, SIM (Tomboy)

Desi Lesbians, taking place Sunday 25th February at the Ritzy Picturehouse, explores the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women.

In the third of our multi-part series, we introduce panellist Seema Mattu, aka SIM, founder of TOMBOY.

For those that don’t know you, could you…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

 

DESI LESBIANS: Meet the panellists, Shelina (Hidayah)

Desi Lesbians, taking place Sunday 25th February at the Ritzy Picturehouse, explores the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women.

In the second of our multi-part series, we introduce panellist Shelina, co-founder of Hidayah.

Shelina, for those that don’t know you, could you please introduce…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

 

 

DESI LESBIANS: Meet the moderator, Reeta Loi

Desi Lesbians, taking place Sunday 25th February at the Ritzy Picturehouse, explores the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women.

In the first of our multi-part series, we introduce the moderator of the panel discussion, Reeta Loi.

Who is Reeta?

Reeta Loi is a London-born Indian…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Gaysians announce LGBT History Month Event: Desi Lesbians

What are the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women? 

On Sunday 25th February 2018, join us at the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton (London) as we discuss the cultural factors that lead to desi lesbian invisibility.

Our panel is made up of pioneering women, spanning five decades,…

See full post at gaysians.org.

Diary Entry #23: How I bridged the gap of a 5-year long distance relationship through marriage

Dear Diary,

As a kid, I’ve always been scrawny. A friend’s mother’s passing remark that I looked like a drug addict dented my self-esteem so much that nearly two decades later, it was a remark I still remember.

I had a difficult relationship with my own body. It didn’t help that I…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

We are HERE!

It’s hard to believe it was nearly half a year ago now that the vision that was ‘Gaysians’ came together at Pride in London. The largest group of South Asians marching together under one banner at a UK Pride event.

Today, we launch the next stage of our vision – officially launching our…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Gaysians co-founder makes Diva Power List 2017

The DIVA Power List is the most coveted ranking of influential lesbian and bi women in the world.

We’re proud to say that Gaysians co-founder Reeta Loi was placed 32nd in 2017, the highest ranking South Asian on the list. Also recognised is Pratibha Parmar (view the full list).

Says DIVA, “When…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Diary Entry #22: Watching porn made me realize I was gay

Dear Diary,

Where do I even begin? I grew up being pretty straight as I was attracted to one of my female teachers who had the biggest knockers. But as I grew older and found gay porn (that was the jackpot), my attraction for women faded. Don’t get me wrong–I think…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

Brixton Reel Film Festival: Too Desi Too Queer

Gaysians co-founder Laks Mann was a panellist at Too Desi Too Queer on Tuesday 14th November 2017, discussing the experience and wellbeing of Asian LGBTQ+ people in England.

Put on by Brixton Reel, SOAS and partners, the event was a one night extravaganza with screenings of new and classic short films,…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Laks Mann interviewed by BBC Radio London

Gaysians co-founder Laks Mann appeared with Cary Rajinder Sawhney of Brixton Reel on BBC Radio London with Sunny and Shay to discuss the Asian LGBTQ+ experience and wellbeing.

Listen here (interview starts at 1h8m).

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Khakan Qureshi talks Gaysians in The Guardian

Gaysians friend, Khakan Qureshi, speaks to The Guardian on how WhatsApp helped mobilise the largest ever LGBT+ Asian group marching in London Pride this year.

Read the article on The Guardian.

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Diary Entry #21: White Gays are better Filmmakers: What I learned about inclusivity from being a Gaysian filmmaker

Dear Diary,

“The Less I know the Better” by Tame Impala was playing on Apple Music as a good friend consoled me. I was in a space no larger than a handicapped single-stalled restroom. There was just one tiny single bed, a small TV and what you’d call a closet (but…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

2017: the year South Asian culture finally gets celebrated?

It might seem unremarkable to you that a load of your brown mates have celebrated Diwali this weekend, but for most second and third-generation South Asian immigrants, identity is a nuanced thing. Celebrating cultural differences can be a bit unwieldy when there’s a perpetual balancing act between accepting the customs…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Diary Entry #20

Dear Diary,

Do you remember when you first landed in Honolulu? I was nine years old, and I saw the seasons change from the frigid Korean winter to a gentle, wet Hawaiian January. Maybe it was just a sign to show me that I, too, would be plunged into seasons of…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

Reeta Loi interviewed by Radio Diva

Gaysians co-founder Reeta Loi was interviewed by Radio Diva about the organisations aims and ambitions. Listen here.

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Diary Entry #19

Dear Diary,

As summer and Pride approach in Seattle, the sun makes me feel more social and happy. At the same time, I am anxious for what else awaits me in life. When I came out in December of 2014, I wasn’t sure what I would find by downloading my first…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

Diary Entry #18

Dear Diary,

Lately, I’ve been increasingly fearful of my own death.

I haven’t always been fearful, though. In fact, I used to welcome it.

There was a time in high school when I thought about it extensively, with curiosity and dramaticism. I used to wonder how people would feel if I were to…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

100 ‘Gaysians’ marched at Pride in London this year for the first time ever

‘Asian communities play a vital role in British culture and the economy. Let’s be proud of that.’

Gaysians is a new support group, bringing together British Asian LGBTI people under one united banner.

It’s 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, as well as 70 years since India’s independence…

 

See full post at gaysians.org.

Diary Entry #17

Dear Diary,

I have a story to tell you –

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I asked him.

He thought about it for a while and responded.

“Um, I want to have a house, and I want to have a job. On the weekends I want to go to…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

Diary Entry #16

Dear Diary,

It’s June. In New York, that means Pride Month – which also means that the tank tops are out in full force. (If you live in Hell’s Kitchen, the tank tops have probably been out since February.)

For me, June is also a time of reckoning: What do I have…

 

See full post at gaysiandiaries.

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