Together we are forever (RIP Naz)

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I am in love. I am in love with my fiancé, my soulmate, my everything.
I will follow him to the ends of the earth.
I will stay strong for him.
To try and fix what is wrong.
To honour his memory.
Rest in peace my darling.
Naz I love you. We will meet again.
Together we are forever xxxx
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Celebrity street artist Pegasus creates an art piece for the Naz & Matt Foundation

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Pegasus met Naz a few years ago when he asked permission for Naz’s clinic’s (Face Clinic London / Soho Skin) outside wall in Soho to be used as a canvas for Pegasus’ open air exhibition of his street art.

Shortly afterwards, a fabulously cheeky drawing of Marilyn Monroe, wearing American flag hot pants and sneakers, appeared outside the clinic, amazing staff and putting smiles on the faces of everyone who walked past. The beautiful artwork has since become a tourist attraction and much loved by the Soho community.

Pegasus has since been creating high-profile artworks for Kate Middleton, to celebrate the upcoming birth of the future King of England. And most recently, the inspiringly cheeky portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her becoming the longest reigning monarch of England. Rumour has it that the palace and the Queen love it.

Pegasus has very kindly offered to donate his latest masterpiece to the Naz and Matt Foundation, to be installed inside the clinic of Face Clinic London and Soho Skin – the place that he met Naz and they became friends.

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Is being Gay accepted in British Asian society? (Video)

The DesiBlitz Team hit the streets to ask that age old question…

Is being Gay accepted in British Asian society? They put all the answers together in this video.

Our bucket list for the Independent’s Rainbow List 2015

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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 rainbowlist@independent.co.uk

  • Put their name in the “Subject” Line.
  • Tell the Independent why they should be on the Rainbow List.
  • Entries must be received by 20 October 2015!

Our picks….

Harjit Sarang:   Surrogacy Lawyer and LGBT Activist

Matt Naz Mahmood-Ogston Founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation

Khakan Qureshi:  Founder of Birmingham’s First South Asian LGBT Support Group  Finding a Voice

Aashi Gahlot: Founder of SHOR BREAK THE SILENCE

Makinder Chahal: Founder of Humsafar (Trade Sexual Health Service) and Dosti.

Sal Khalifa: Co-Director of Trade Sexual Health. Sal has been representing South Asian LGB&T communities for a number of levels, including at national decision-making strategic levels.

Mazyar Shirali: Founder of Persian LGBT Advisory Services 

Bobby Tiwani: Theatre Producer & Cultural Activist. Founder of Your Safar

Manjinder Singh Sidhu : Founder of My Spiritual Soul

Vanessa (Urban Desi): Founder of Urban Desi, providing a safe party space for the Gaysian community.

DJ Ritu (Club Kali): Founder of Club Kali, providing a safe party space for the Gaysian community.

Parminder Sekhon:  Executive Director of Programmes at the Naz Project 

DJ Perdes  (Saathi Night): Founder of Saathi Night, providing a safe party space for the Gaysian community.

Naila  (Saathi Night): Hostess of Saathi Night

DJ Kal: Resident DJ at Saathi Night

Niranjan Kamatkar: Artistic Director of GFEST & Wise Thoughts 

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.

Rose Neelam:  Safra Project and Faith Communities Officer at UK Black Pride

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)