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Film Screening this Sunday (September 21st 2014)

16 Sep

Join us for another film screening this Sunday (22nd September) at 4 pm.

Venue will be sent to those who confirm on Facebook ‘Qashti Lbt’ or email us at qashtilbt@gmail.com.

We will have some food and non-alcoholic drinks, but feel free to bring more for yourself or to share!

28 Apr

rainbow_rings___trans_by_feare909-d6tdkly.pngHello everyone!

Qashti had announced last month that soon a safe space exclusively for trans*, genderqueer and butch people would be started. Get ready folks, because it’s finally here.

Say hello and break the ice! Let’s get to know one another and discuss what we want from a space like this. We will also briefly discuss the recent Supreme Court judgement on transgender rights and what it means for us. Come join us for chai, snacks and conversation and bring your ideas along. Let’s get this started!

Venue details will be sent privately to those who confirm. You can write to us at qashtilbt@gmail.com. Feel free to bring friends, but keep in mind that the trans* meetup aims to be a safe space for trans*, genderqueer and butch folks assigned female at birth. Hope to see all of you there!

Location: New Delhi
Date: Sunday, 4th May 2014.
Time: 4-7 PM


प्यारे दोस्तों,कश्ती ने पिछले महीने अनाउन्स किया था कि जल्द ही सिर्फ ट्रांस*, जेंडरक्वीर और बुच लोगों के लिए एक सेफ स्पेस शुरू की जाएगी। यह सेफ स्पेस अब अपनी पहली मीटिंग के साथ हाज़िर है।

तो आइये हम सब मिलकर एक दूसरे को जानें और यह तय करें कि आखिर हमें इस सेफ स्पेस से क्या चाहिये। हम हाल ही में आए सुप्रीम कोर्ट के ट्रांसजेडंर राइट्स जजमेंट और हमारे लिए इसके महत्व पर भी थोड़ा विचार विमर्श करेंंगे। आइये और जुड़ जाइये हमारे साथ चाय, नमकीन, गपशप और अपने विचारों के साथ।
यदि आप इसमें हिस्सा लेना चाहते हैं तो हमें बतायें, मीटिंग का पता आपको प्राइवेटली भेजा जाएगा। इसमें हिस्सा लेने के लिए आप हमें qashtilbt@gmail.com पर भी ईमेल कर सकते हैं। आप अपने साथ अपने दोस्तों को भी ज़रूर लाइये लेकिन ध्यान रखिये कि यह जन्म पर फीमेल निर्धारित ट्रांस*, जेंडरक्वीर और बुच व्यक्तियों के लिए एक सेफ स्पेस है।

जगह – नयी दिल्ली

दिन – रविवार, ४ मई २०१४

समय – शाम ४ – ७

Don’t Forget AFSPA

28 Mar

AFSPAIn the run-up to the coming elections, there is an urgent need to create a political pressure for repeal of AFSPA. While political parties are focussing on secularism, democracy and development, they have completely ignored the long-standing demand of the people of Kashmir and North-East India to repeal AFSPA.  A march is being organised on 30th March, jointly by various organisations, activists and individuals  to bring the pressing demand to repeal AFSPA into the political theater before the elections. Join in to show your solidarity and support. 

When: Sunday 30th March, 1 pm onwards

Where: from Mandi House metro station to Jantar Mantar. 

All organisations can extend their support through participation in this march. Details will be updated from time to time at http://www.repealafspa.blogspot.in/

Jointly Organised By: Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, AIPWA, AISA, RYA, Voices Against 377, DSF, NAPM, Right Water Campaign & other like minded organisations

Contact info: savesharmila@gmail.com

What is AFSPA?

AFSPA or Armed Forces Special Powers Act, passed in 1958, rules all the north east states(except Sikkim) and Jammu and Kashmir. It was imposed to check insurgency. AFSPA allows shooting the “suspects” and provides legal immunity to the army men. Because of this, in the name of protecting law and order, AFSPA has led to extra judicial killingsfake encountersillegal detentionstorture and rapes. The law was enforced in Manipur in 1980 and was supposed to last six months but it continues to destroy it till today.

(Taken from http://www.repealafspa.blogspot.in/)

Why is AFSPA a queer feminist issue?

At the most basic level, it is an issue of human and democratic rights being grossly violated. You can read more about the violations under AFSPA here: http://repealafspa.blogspot.in/p/everyday-stories-of-torture.html

When the Supreme Court’s judgement upholding section 377  said that it only affects a ‘minuscule minority’ of Indians, many of us were rightly furious. A set of people can’t be treated badly because there are only a few of them. The government, constitution and state are all supposed to ensure that everyone in the country is treated equally and has equal access to their rights. In this case, several states are being systematically denied their rights and oppressed by violence, with no recourse to the law, and because of their minority/marginalised status, they cannot do anything about it. As queer people, we should stand in solidarity with them, because this is the same battle we are fighting, on another front. 

Violence under AFSPA is highly gendered: illegal kidnapping, rape, torture and murder all disproportionately affect women more. There are no substantiated studies about violence against trans* people under AFSPA but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist: trans* people are even less able to seek redressal against sexual or gendered violence than cis-gendered women. As queer women and genderqueer or trans* people, we should stand in solidarity against this violence.

 India supposedly prides itself on its diversity. At the same time, people who are different — who look different, who eat different food, who wear different clothes, who have sex differently, who believe or don’t believe in different faiths, who want different lives, — are constantly under pressure to conform. In a diverse country, wanting everyone to conform to one faith or ideology is as stupid as wanting them to speak only one language or follow only one sexuality. To do this via violence and oppression is even worse. So, as queer feminists, to ensure our own place in the diversity of possibilities, we have to stand in solidarity with others who are also trying to carve out their own spaces.

ट्रांस मीटिंग | Trans* meeting

26 Mar
क़श्ती में हमने सोचा है कि एक ट्रांस मीटिंग का होना भी जरूरी है । ये इसिस्लिये क्युकी ट्रांस लोगो के जो मुद्दे हे वो अलग है और उनके लिए भी एक सेफ स्पेस कि जरुरत हे। इसी सन्दर्भ में हमने कुछ ट्रांस लोगों से बात कि थी और उनके सामने ये प्रस्ताव रखा था कि क्या वो इस मीटिंग में आ सक्ते है और साथ में अन्य ट्रांस लोगो से मिलके उन्हे भी इस मीटिंग के बारे में बताए। मीटिंग में ftm, genderqueer, butch सब पहचानो के लिए होनी चाहिए, जो भी female  assigned at birth trans masculine खुद को मानते हे।

अप्रैल से शुरू कर के, हर दूसरे महीने एक ट्रांस  मीटिंग होगी। पेहेली मीटिंग में हमें कुछ एजेंडा भी बनाना होगा और सोचना होगा कि ज्यादा से ज्यादा ट्रांस लोग, खासकर वर्किंग क्लास लोग, को कैसे शामिल करें ।  सोचा है कि यह मीटिंग अप्रैल में 13 तारिख़, जो कि एक सन्डे हे को रखें । आप में से कोन इसके प्लानिंग का हिस्सा होना चाहते हे प्लीज हमें email डालें (qashtilbt@gmail.com) या हेल्पलाइन के नंबर पर फ़ोन करें ताकि हम अलग से प्लानिंग कर सके।

Many of us at Qashti have felt the need for a trans* meeting, since many of the issues facing transmasculine people are different from those facing cis-gendered queer women. After discussing with several trans* people we have realised that it is necessary to have a safe space for transmasculine people to meet. This meeting is open for FTM, genderqueer, butch, and all other people who consider themselves transmasculine and were assigned female at birth.
Starting in April, and then once every two months, we will host such a trans* meeting. At the first meeting we will draw up an agenda and think about ways to include more transmasculine people, particularly those from the working class. We are thinking of having the first meeting on 13th April, which is a Sunday. If you would like to be part of planning this meeting, please email us at qashtilbt@gmail.com or call us on the helpline number (see sidebar).

SC Verdict meetings and protests

13 Dec

Max Mueller Bhavan, 6:30pm, Saturday, December 14th.

Gather to understand the judgment, talk, share, vent, come together.
This event is not open to the media — it’s a space for the community (of all genders and sexualities) to come together, discuss, think through what’s going on and where to go from here. Informal and unstructured, but we’ll have a few legal experts start by breaking down the judgment.

Spread the word! The event will be in English and Hindi with translation both ways.

Metro: Patel Chowk/Rajiv Chowk.

– Voices Against 377
Jantar Mantar, 3 pm, Sunday, December 15th.

On December 11th, 2013, The Supreme Court of India reinstated the Criminality of Homosexuality in India. This Judgment has inspired anger across different sections of society around the world. While the legal battle continues, it is important that we make our voices heard. Loud and Clear.

This Judgment is not about any one community in any one country but about the hegemonic structures that oppress many across the world. It is a blow to the various other LGBTIQ communities across the world who might have …taken strength from the Indian story to challenge laws/social norms/prejudices that criminalise homosexuality in their own countries. It is time we begin to heal this lasting scar of colonialism. It is time we are given the space and freedom to pursue the work of fundamental social change which is made impossible with a law such as Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code choking us.

Gather your friends, lovers and anyone else who is enraged by this injustice. Make your voices heard.

Events are happening in many cities across the world! Organise one in yours or join one that is happening!
For more details:
Global Day of Rage, Delhi: www.facebook.com/events/168797849996585
Global Day of Rage, World-wide: www.facebook.com/events/168797849996585

Qashti Ki Matargashti- Play and Say

11 Sep

Join us this Saturday for card games, board games, word games AND intense and exciting conversations: we hope to have a range of activities for all to get a chance to hang out, meet old friends and new people and have a bunch of great discussions!

qashti Please feel free to bring snacks and refreshments (non-alcoholic). You’re welcome to bring friends but please keep in mind that this space is only for lesbian, bisexual and trans* persons assigned FEMALE at birth.

Join us on facebook to know the details or call us at 9711282307 for any clarification/direction.

2nd July Celebrations by Delhi Queer Pride Committee

1 Jul
 Click below for more information. Hope to see you all there!
The Delhi Queer Pride Committee
invites you to The 4th Anniversary of the Reading Down of Sec. 377 When: 2nd July, 2013
What time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: Jantar Mantarदिल्ली क़ुईर प्राइड समिति
आपको आमंत्रित करती है

धारा 377 में बदलाव की चौथी वर्षगाँठ पर

कब: 2 जुलाई 2013
किस समय: 6:30 से 8:30 बजे
कहाँ: जंतर मंतर

हम दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय की धारा 377 में बदलाव लाने वाले ऐतिहासिक फैसले – जिसके तहत सेम-सेक्स सम्बन्ध अपराध के दायरे से हटा दिए गए – की चौथी वर्षगाँठ के अवसर पर एकत्रित होंगें।

सुप्रीम कोर्ट इस मामले पर अपना अंतिम फैसला देने को तैयार है। हम इस ऐतिहासिक दिन को मनाने के लिए एक साथ एकत्रित होंगे। आप सबसे अनुरोध है की इस शाम आप अपनी क़ुईर कवितायेँ, अपनी लघु कहानियाँ, अपने क़ुईर सपने और किस्से हम सबके साथ बांटे।

इस शाम हम भारतीय इतिहास में प्रमुख क़ुईर घटनाओं की एक टाइम-लाइन बनायेंगे और आपसे अनुरोध करेंगे कि आप इसमें अपने क़ुईर जीवन की महत्वपूर्ण घटनाओं को जोड़ें और एक सुन्दर श्रंखला बनाएं।

हम गानों और कैंडल लाइट विजिल से शाम को यह समारोह समाप्त करेंगे।

Upcoming events in Chennai and Delhi

19 Jun

Chennai – June 22nd


East-West Center for Counseling, Nirangal and RIOV are organizing an event as a part of Chennai Pride 2013 called Muzhakkam – a safe community space to discuss, in the first person, issues affecting lesbian and bi women (both cis and trans), intersex people, transmen (FtM) and other queer people assigned female at birth.

Date: June 22nd 2013

Time: Morning

Venue: Contact magdalene@centerforcounselling.org or call 9884100135 to find out the venue and timings

Media are not allowed at this event.

Delhi – June 23rd

rain qashti

rainbow umbrella with raindrops seen from below

Come one, come all!

Come hang out, share stories, and enjoy the rains over hot chai and samosas at yet another Qashti ki Matargashti! Feel free to bring friends, but keep in mind, this space is meant only for lesbian, bisexual women and trans people assigned female at birth. Look forward to seeing you all there

Date: June 23rd 2013

Time: Afternoon: 4 pm to 7 pm

Venue: The venue and directions will be sent in a private message to all those who confirm. Please call us at 9711282307 for more details.

Delhi – June 28th


The American Centre is screening Pariah (2011) as a part of their LGBT Pride Month celebrations. The movie is about a Brooklyn (New York City) teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. A gifted student, Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker), she is especially eager to find a girlfriend. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humour, and tenacity.

Date: June 28th 2013

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

Qashti ki Matargashti- Movie Evening

4 Jun

rituparnoShare the magic of the silver screen with old friends and new at Qashti’s movie night and Matargashti this month. Come for the film, the discussion, chai, snacks, meeting and making friends.

This time we are paying tribute to and enjoying the work of the late Rituparno Ghosh, an acclaimed director and actor, as well as an openly gender-non conforming person. His films explore women’s lives, queer lives, trans* and gender non-conforming lives in contemporary India, bringing up questions of where and how queerness is present in all our everyday lives and how it is often accepted and sometimes still not understood or sustainable. We will watch one film and follow it up with discussions and mingling over snacks. The venue and directions will be sent in a private message to all those who confirm. Feel free to bring friends, but keep in mind, this space is meant only for lesbian, bisexual women and trans people assigned female at birth.

Please call us at 9711282307 or join us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/qashti.lbt

See you all there on June 8th!

The Qashti Team

Fundraising Party! Get your tickets now!

16 May


Shake a leg at Qashti’s first party and fundraiser,

THIS SATURDAY! 18th May! Two days away!

To buy tickets and get the venue details, please call us at 9711282307 by 16th May.  Suggested ticket price: Rs 150 (less is ok, more is awesome!)

Please email us at qashtilbt@gmail.com or contact us on http://www.facebook.com/qashti.lbt if you would like to donate, participate or support us in any way.