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4 Oct



Qashti- a space for queer women and trans people is hosting a movie Marathon. We have made an effort to put together queer (not necessarily LGBT, but all kinds of queerness like disability, marginalization, alternate sexual practices and professions, etc.) films from the Global South (Africa, Latin America, and developing Asia including the Middle East).

We will have some films curated by IAWRT at Our Lives… to live (OLTOL) and Pirat Dykes/BQFF and few other film festivals.

Time slots:

6pm to 9 pm
One hour Dinner and drinks break!

10pm to 12 midnight
One hour break

1pm to 3am
One hour break

4am to 6 am
Tata Bye Bye

Please see:

1.) There will be a provision to sleep so people can stay back. But they have to leave by 6 am. Once we have a final guest list, we may ask people to get gaddas/mattresses and sleeping bags as well.

2.) It is a BYOD & F event (Bring Your Own Drinks and Food). We will also have some drinks, munchies and food.

Very important: Qashti is a safe space for lesbian, bisexual and trans people assigned female at birth. Qashti has a strong anti-sexual harassment policy which will apply at the this event as well.


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

This Saturday! Breaking the Binary with LABIA

2 May

A few years ago, several of us in Qashti heard about a study being done by LABIA, based on interviews and conversations sharing life histories with LBTGQFAB people from all over India. We’ve been eager and excited to hear about the results of these conversations for ages, and now we finally get to! LABIA will be coming to Delhi this Saturday to share their findings, carry on the discussions and answer all our questions about the study! And the icing on the cake is that we at Qashti are co-hosting the event along with Saheli — we couldn’t be more delighted! So please come, bring friends and families, enjoy some refreshing cool drinks and hear all about Breaking the Binary! Over to LABIA:


BREAKING THE BINARY: Understanding concerns and realities of queer persons assigned gender female at birth across a spectrum of lived gender identities

Saturday 4th May 2013
3:00 to 7:00 pm
at The Attic, 1st Floor, 36 Regal Building, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
(directions: in the same lane as People Tree, Kwality Restaurant etc. Nearest Metro: Rajiv Chowk)

In 2009-2010, LABIA initiated a research study based on 50 life history narratives of queer PAGFB (persons assigned gender female at birth), and aided by discussions with queer LBT and trans* groups. 11 of us (many of us members of LABIA) did the interviews, transcripts and initial analysis, and 4 of us have been doing the further analysis and writing.

Key findings have been presented at different conferences and some of the data has been published. Now we bring you the full report. Through this study, we explore the circumstances and situations of queer PAGFB who are made to, or expected to, fit into society’s norms around gender and sexuality. We look at their experiences with natal families and in school; we chart their journey through intimate relationships and jobs; we attempt to understand what happens to them in public spaces, and how they are treated by various state agencies; we discover where they seek and find support, community, and a refuge from the violence and discrimination that mark far too many lives.

Most significantly, this research has given us new insights into gender itself, which we feel are crucial additions to the current discourse in both queer and feminist spaces. Finally, the study flags areas of particular concern, and highlights some necessary interventions.

We ourselves are amazed at the richness and complexity of our findings and are impelled by the need to share these as widely as possible with all queer and feminist groups and individuals, activists and academics, all people working specifically with LBT persons as well as broadly in the areas of gender and sexuality — and of course all of us who are interested in knowing more about our selves.

So do join us for an intense, engaging, stimulating afternoon of presentations in English and Hindi, with time for questions and discussion (and most certainly for tea and snacks).

Chayanika, Raj, Shalini, Smriti from LABIA – a queer feminist LBT collective

(With Saheli and Qashti LBT)

Two takes on trans/tomboy masculinity and two on femmeness!

25 Apr
We at Qashti want to talk more and more openly about our genders — all of our genders. What does it mean to be butch, to feel like a boi, to occupy any spot in trans*, to find yourself in genderqueer, to be comfortable as andro, to proudly claim femme? And what are these things anyway?  What do they look like? Do they sit as separate categories, never touching, never overlapping? Or do we swim between them, sliding up and down along the gender scale as we move between our homes and workplaces and colleges and cinema halls and bazaars? Do we want to move between the categories or are we forced to move to keep in with the world around us? And in our own community spaces … who can claim which of these genders, who can recognise them, who can speak of them, who is judged for them, who is able to judge, how does it all work?
There are so many questions, and double that many answers … and we at Qashti are very sure that none of them are ever uncomplicatedly right or entirely wrong. So, here is a start:
Four links, four people talking about their genders and where their own communities — queer or otherwise — rub up against them. None of these links are from India but we hope they will help all of us in our own conversations … so read, let us know what you think — and stay tuned for much more from us!

“I have gone from being a big, strong looking Black woman to being a young, lanky Black man. I have always carried with me both masculine and feminine energies, but I have often been forced to choose one over the other depending upon the space around me. The gender binary affects us all in detrimental ways. And while masculinity may seem to offer more room, it also has its limitations. We must make room for all genders to grow and move freely.”

Reclaiming Femme: Queer Women of Colour and Femme Identity
by Vanessa Shanti Fernando

“Although femmes define themselves as active agents, they are nevertheless rendered invisible, as the queer and straight community often perceive them to be heterosexual. The femme’s learned talents of receptivity, vulnerability, openness and communication require strength and active participation.However, members of the queer community do not always recognize or appreciate these talents. In the 1950s lesbian bar culture, certain butches simultaneously valued and mocked femmes for being flighty—a display of their internalized misogyny.Often, other queers only recognize femmes as lesbians when they are accompanied by a butch partner.”

The Femme Shark Manifesto
by Leah-Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha



Losing Access to Sisterhood: Tomboys, Masculinity, and the Unmaking of a Girl
by Spectra Speaks

“The second my gender presentation transitioned from straight girl femininity to queer masculine “inbetweener,” I lost most of my sisters. I’m a different kind of woman now. And all of a sudden women I used to call my sisters don’t know how to interact with me. I’m still a woman, but the reactions to my expression of womanhood have changed, drastically.

This is the kind of experience that informs my work as a media activist. I’m always thinking about which perspectives are missing from political conversations and representations in pop culture: who is being excluded? why? how can our political movements become more self-reflective so that we can identify who among us is being left behind, and become stronger advocates for the kind of progress that includes them. Incidentally, in the fight for women’s equality, the people most frequently excluded from consideration and celebration, often enough look just like me.”


The Qashti Team

Everything you wanted to know about gender, sex, sexuality — comically explained!

22 Apr

What is queer? What is trans? genderqueer? agender? what about pansexual? why do some people want to be called ‘ze’, not he or she?

Here’s a cute, clever answer to all these questions, and more! Click on the link below!

Comically explained 🙂


Take Back the Night on Women’s Day!

5 Mar

take back the night

Hope to see many amazing queer and trans people at the International Women’s Day protests and meetings on March 8th! Come and take back the night!
(And catch up with us the next day at Qashti ki Matargashti – Picnic)


20 Feb

Qashti is a feminist non-profit, non-funded collective for and by lesbian, bisexual, FTM trans and genderqueer people who have been assigned female at birth (LBQTGFAB). This group was formed by a group of friends and aims at providing a safe space for LBQTGFAB across socio-economic classes in the Delhi/NCR area.

Twice a month, Qashti hosts informal events where people can meet, share stories, watch movies, discuss issues or just have fun. We meet regularly on the first and third Saturday/Sunday of each month to accommodate those who may have family or/and work commitments on weekends.

Qashti will also run a helpline for LBQTGFAB with counsellors trained in feminist principles of counselling. This helpline will be launched in June 2013.

We’d love to hear from you, network with you and be included in your events, so please email us at qashti.lbt@gmail.com. You can also reach us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/qashti.lbt Hope to hear from you soon!