Tag Archives: queer life
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


Qashti Talks Politics!

26 Mar

Elections are around the corner and everyone is concerned about which political party to vote for, and we are just as confused too. As queer people, as female assigned at birth, as genderqueer and transmasculine people, it’s high time we talk about why it is important to be politically conscious and to concern ourselves with not-explicitly-sexuality-related issues. What are the implications the upcoming election choices have on our lives and the linkages we try to draw between queer and progressive causes? Come join us for chai, debate and discussion with Jaya Sharma, a feminist, queer rights activist, from the NOMOre campaign. (https://www.facebook.com/CampaignNOMOre?fref=ts)
Date: Saturday, 29th March, 2014
Time: 5 pm
Venue : details to be sent out to those who confirm.
Please confirm there or write to qashtilbt@gmail.com if you plan to come. However, remember Qashti is a safe space for LBT people assigned gender female at birth. Apologies for being so strict!

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

Announcing the helpline

25 May

Confused about your sexual orientation?

Worried about your gender identity?

Need somebody to talk to?

Need information on queer life?  

PhoneWe are just a call away!



Qashti is excited to announce its helpline,

starting on June 1st

Wednesdays (from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm) and on Saturdays (from 4:00 om to 6:00 pm)

Thank you and Matargashti

21 May

Thanks to your support, the fundraising party was a great success! We had a brilliant time laughing, talking, dancing, eating doughnuts and dinner, and washing it all down with a variety of beverages. We also raised Rs 5000 from the night, which will go towards Qashti expenses. We will put up a full report of our expenses and fundraising till date very soon!

kitesNow, after the fun of the fundraising party, the next matargashti is here! So get yourself geared up for more fun, talks, games, laughter this Sunday. Meet friends, make new friends!

This safe space is open for all LBT and genderqueer people who are female assigned at birth. We will send you the details of the venue once you confirm you are coming, either on the Facebook page, or via phone at 9711282307. See you there!


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.

intersectionality: a fun guide

14 May


intersectionality: a fun guide

intersectionality: a fun guide.