My sincere thanks and gratitude to all the participants who have taken the time to share their stories with me and all of you.
Thank you to the Rainbow List Judges and the Gaysian Faces supporters for nominating me.
I’ll be heading back to San Francisco (where I’m originally from) for three weeks to visit my mum. San Francisco is home to Trikone; the oldest South Asian LGBTQ organisation in the world. I’ll be reconnecting with old friends from Trikone and they will be sharing their stories with you too. 🙂
ps. If you would like to be a part of Gaysian Faces, here’s our FAQs. If you have any questions you can drop me a line gaysianfaces[@]gmail.com
It’s that time of the year, where we get a chance to celebrate and acknowledge accomplishments within the UK Queer community. This year from the Gaysian community Asifa Lahore/Asif Quraishi is one of the judges. Over the last couple years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some movers and shakers in the community. Through their contributions, organisations, blogs, videos, social groups, parties, plays, books and humanitarian work – they’ve inspired me. Some do it quietly and some do it loudly – but their hearts burn with passion to make a difference in our community.
I’ll be adding more names to our bucket list, we’re still waiting back from folks.
If you have any suggestions for this blog post, please email us… include their name and links to their work/website.
In order to nominate someone for the RAINBOW LIST please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Put their name in the “Subject” Line.
Tell the Independent why they should be on the Rainbow List.
Imaan: Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources.
Sarbat: Sarbat is a social and support group for LGBT Sikhs. We offer a platform for like-minded Sikhs from all walks of life and aim to promote the LGBT Sikh cause in a fair and courteous manner.
Omar Kuddus: LGBT & Human Rights Advocate, Director of GayAsylumUK
Asian Lesbian Global Warriors: The ALGW network is a place where we can showcase this great work and help provide support and reassurance to help those who are on a similar journey to reach their highest potential.
Nick McGlynn: Head of Social Media (UK) @ Liveable Lives (Prof Kath Browne (University of Brighton) and Dr Niharika Banerjea (University of Delhi) founded Liveable Lives)
It’s showing faces of Gaysians (LGBTQ South Asian backgrounds) from all over the world. All it is – a simple head shot and asking them who they are.
Where will this project be shown?
On social media channels (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram) and eventually make it into a free ebook for people to download.
Do I need to be “Out” in order to participate?
No. You can wear a mask or disguise your face in some way, your safety is important to us.
Will I get paid?
No. This is a volunteer project. But a pretty cool one (we don’t mean to brag)
What will the final product look like?
Depending if you’re out of not.
How can I be a part of this project?
1. Take a headshot of yourself like the photos above
2. write on a piece of paper who you are and scan it
3. email it to us at email@example.com (please be sure to type out what you wrote on the paper so we quote it correctly)
If you live in the UK, please email us. We do monthly shoots in West London.
I’m not Queer, can I still be a part of this project?
We welcome allies and you’re more than welcome to submit your photo/quote. We will use it at a later date.
I’m Queer but not South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) background, can I still participate?
Again, we welcome all participants as long as your comfortable being under the Gaysian brand. But we will use your photo at a later date.
Why do you call this an anthropology photography project?
Because we are taking pictures of folks across all South Asian backgrounds who are Queer. We are answering an age old question – you’re not alone – look at these faces. It’s been said the Gaysian community is a minority within a minority, this project is going to explore that through photography and the individual’s creativity.
What’s the inspiration behind the project?
This book – Part Asian/100% Hapa, by Kip Fulbeck. If anthropology or culture is something you like…definitely check out this book!
Any other questions?
Feel free to email us – firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help you make the most out of this project! Thank you for your interest and participation.