Saturday, February 23, 2013

Queer Women's History Month event - Mar. 24

Celebrating South Asian Queer Femininity in Body and Spirit!

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Location: CauseDC (1926 9th St. NW, Washington, DC)

Five years ago, KhushDC established one of our key annual traditions: an event recognizing and celebrating the queer women/trans/and genderqueer folks in our community. In keeping with this month’s distinction as Women’s History Month, this event has traditionally been held in March. 

This year, we have been working hard to finalize the details for a very special KhushDC Women’s History Month event: an open mic lounge, “Celebrating South Asian Queer Femininity in Body and Spirit!”

“Celebrating South Asian Queer Femininity in Body and Spirit!” will begin with performative readings from the new anthology, “Out! Stories from the New Queer India,” edited by renowned author, writing coach and member of our global South Asian queer community, Minal Hajratwala. “Out!” has been published by the first LGBTQ publisher/retailer in India, Queer Ink! Following these readings, we will open the floor to story-telling of and about South Asian queer women/trans and genderqueer folks via film, dance, music and/or other offerings. We are particularly keen to represent the range of ethnic, national, linguistic, religious, class and other diversity of our South Asian diasporic community, so if you know already that you are interested in sharing something, or would like to nominate a local artist, please email – if you’re not sure yet, remember that you have the opportunity to jump up to the mic on the day of the event itself!

Stick around after the performances to pick up your own copy of "Out!" and have it signed by Minal. The book-signing will occur during our very own Queer Women's History Month reception/”mini Jalwa” where you can enjoy the delicious cocktails and locally sources, ethically produced dishes on offer at CauseDC!

In addition to being published by the first LGBTQ publisher in India, “Out!” is very special as it is the first anthology of LGBTLiterature in India after the 2009 Delhi High Court Ruling on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Contributors in the book include published writers Sandip Roy, R.Raj Roy, Dibyajyoti Sarma, Sunny Singh, Kama Spice, Anisha Sridhar, Arun Mirchandani and a vibrant group of emerging writers. Further, the book celebrates the presence of the queer community among the “mainstream” in India.

Click here to view an excerpt from “Out!,” featuring a conversation between actress/activist Nandita Das and writer/proud mother of a queer Indian woman Chitra Palekar: 

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Look forward to seeing you all there!
KhushDC Board