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Matargashti – let’s talk!

23 Apr
qashti trainWith the growing incidents of Gender based Violence in the city and in the country, we’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to walk down the street, use public transportation, be it metros, autos, shared tempos, cycle rickshaws, or buses as an LBT person.

  • Do you find that people stare at you?
  • Do you get physcially/verbally harassed?
  • Do you feel like you need to change the way you dress when you go out to avoid getting attention?
  • Are you comfortable travelling alone?
  • Is it difficult for you to use the metro because you dont know which queue to use (male or female)?
  • Do you feel safe travelling at night?
  • Are you relieved that you dont get male sexual attention because of the way you look?
  • Can you be affectionate towards your partner in public?

We all have experiences to share when it comes to moving about in the public sphere…our experiences are all unique because of our class, caste, gender presentation and sexual orientation.

So this Matargashti we will talk about how we feel in public places as LBT persons. Do come and share your anecdotes, ideas, stories and reflections with everyone on the 28th of April, 2013. 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. See you all there!

Excitedly,
The Qashti Team