GaysianFaces on DesiBlitz

Bucci and I were invited to DesiBlitz offices in 2019. To give an interview about Gaysian Faces and to share our own personal stories.

Bucci was a part of the first group of Gaysians I took at the Loft in 2015.

Notice we both mentioned “you’re watching us on DesiBlitz.com” I’m actually grateful they decided to turn this into a podcast instead. I think the camera made me a little nervous.

Thank you DesiBlitz for giving us an opportunity to talk about this project.

Discussing Racism and Discrimination in Club Scene (Gin Event)

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Hello beautiful people,

I hope you’re all well and keeping safe during these crazy times.

As you know this is a start-and-stop project, it all depends on how many participants we get.

But I’m going to be blogging more, at least a couple of times a week.

Just to reconnect with all of you and share our mission of sharing stories of LGBTQIA+ South Asians, whether they are out or now.

Updates?

I got plenty, but don’t want to overwhelm you.

Our Twitter has been suspended, I don’t know why. The only explanation I can give, maybe Twitter’s algorithm spotted some queer content and thought it was something sinister.

I’m hoping to get it back, but we still got our Instagram.

I would like to draw your attention to an important GIN meet-up, this Saturday, to discuss racism and discrimination you’ve ever faced in clubs.

There’s some “usual suspects” on the scene that discriminates against the Queer POC community, rather than trying to cultivate an inclusive and thriving community.

In 2017, we launched “Denied for being POC” where we collected a few stories, it was inspired by an incident I personally witnessed, while out with my partner and her colleagues.

It will be nice to engage with you all again from time to time. Please feel free to email me your charity if you’re looking for one-off donations of any kind.

Supporting the Naz and Matt Foundation

We’re excited to announce that each Gaysian Face we featured on our FB page, we will add a donation button for our viewers to donate to the Naz and Matt Foundation.

Gaysian Faces believes in the foundation, they are doing so much for education, as hate crimes against the LGBTQIA+ and bullying (online bullying) increases, the Naz and Matt Foundation is going out to schools to show children the effects bullying does to a child who identifies at LGBTQIA+.

Not only that, but also teaching parents not to let homophobia get in the way of loving your child for the person they were born to be.

To utter those words “Mum & Dad I’m ________” (whatever you identify as) is a very personal and private journey with no expiry date on how you go about your journey.  All we want is our parents love and acceptance.  The foundation offers support to those who have been rejected by their families too.

We’re proud to support the Naz and Matt Foundation, support doesn’t always mean money – it can be simply sharing/retweeting, helping your favourite charity gain visibility means more than you’ll ever know to those behind the charity.

 

 

Gaysian Faces kicking off again tomorrow!

Well we really never left you, we just ran out of beautiful faces and stories to feature. But that’s all changing.

I’m looking forward to kicking off every Thursday with a new Gaysian Face to feature. I know you will find their quotes inspiring and thought provoking.

I’m sorry it’s been a bit high and dry these last couple of years, but looking forward to collaborate with more organisations. Watch this space.

If you’re interested in participating in Gaysian Faces, please fill out our contact form.

Meet the Rani…

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Meet the Rani. The Khawaja Sara. The Khusra. The Hijra. The one and only Seemaa Butt ‪#‎gaysianfaces‬ ‪#‎salgbtuk‬

Roundtable Discussion: Muslim Drag Queens

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Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice will be hosting their monthly get together at Matchbox Cafe 16/09/2015 6:30pm. This month’s roundtable discussion will be focused on the Muslim Drag Queens documentary, which debuted on CH4 last Monday.

The documentary starred Asifa Lahore, Zareena Khan and Ibrahim (who kicked off Gaysian Faces).

About 30 minutes into the documentary, #MuslimDragQueens started trending on twitter. Khakan Qureshi, founder of Finding A Voice, will be facilitating the roundtable discussion. Besides discussing and debating, you’ll also get a chance to make new friends and network with the Gaysian community in Birmingham.

Watch Muslim Drag Queens on 4oD