Khush Kahayal: the Newsletter of Khush South Asian Gay Men of Toronto was published beginning in 1989 (issues from 1989 to 1997 are archived and found at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, in Toronto).
They believe it is from these dialogues that South Asians will feel more comfortable seeking services and making the necessary changes to live a healthier life.
We talked through Dil Mil for a month before we finally decided to meet each other on Memorial day last year.
4 months ago my now fiance found me through Dil Mil.
From a historical and contemporary perspective, Queer and Trans South Asians have experienced marginalization from both South Asian communities (homophobia/transphobia) and Queer and Trans communities (racism) - in response, these communities have engaged in political activism, demonstrated resiliency, and taken care of each other through community building. In the past, community members and groups have used language such as *Gay *Lesbian *Bisexual *Butch *Femme *Dyke *Fairy *Questioning *Sexual Minority In addition, there are many culturally appropriate terms such as *Kothi *Hijra *Panthi *Giriya *Bairupi(ya) 1984: Zami, the first Canadian group for Black and West Indian gays and lesbians founded (Toronto) 1987: Khush : South Asian Gay Men of Toronto founded by a group including Nelson Carvalho, Karim Ladak, Deep Khosla and Chris Paul 1988: Khush and Gay Asians Toronto organize “Unity Among Asians” a conference for Asian lesbians and gay men in North America 1989: “Salaam Toronto! festival in Toronto 2001: Dosti Group launches in Toronto 2005: Mirchi group begins for queer women, hosted at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention 2005: Trikone Vancouver begins 2008: Sher Vancouver formed in Vancouver - a “social, cultural and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered South Asians, and their friends, families and allies.” 2011: brown //out , new South Asian program at Pride Toronto, begins One of the best-known trans activists in Canada (Rupert Raj) is of mixed South Asian heritage.
” conference led to launching of Desh Pardesh (ran from 1990 to 2000) 1990: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention founded 1991: Salaam (Queer Muslims in Canada) founded by El-Farouk Khaki in Toronto 1992: Calgary’s of Colour founded 1992: Atish Network formed in Vancouver 1993: Khush hosted ‘Discovery ‘93’ first international South Asian Gay Men’s conference 1993: South Asian Lesbian magazine debuts in Toronto 1995: Queer Issue of Rungh: A South Asian Quarterly of Culture, Comment & Criticism 1998: Funk Asia starts, at the now-defunct Red Spot 2001: Chillin’ In Your Brown Skin Collective established (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, South Asian Women’s Centre, and South Asian Legal Clinic), who have done social justice engagement at Masala! Rupert has been engaged in activism for several decades through peer education, advocacy, workshops, video projects (including from 1999), and his current role as a Mental Health Counsellor in LGBT Services at the Sherbourne Health Centre.