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Desi Family Pride


Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Desi Family Pride
This event is a discussion group among family members, friends and allies of LGBTQ South Asians.  Through dialogue and stories from parents, siblings, LGBT members and allies, this space will create a powerful opening towards greater acceptance and understanding, and unconditional love for LGBTQ members within the South Asian community at-large.  Please join us for this pioneering event.

Open to LGBTQ members, family members and allies of the LGBTQ community
Light snacks will be served

Public Transportation Directions:

Subways: 4/5 to Bowling Green; J/Z to Broad St.; R to Whitehall St.; 1 to Rector St. or South Ferry; 2/3 to Wall St.; A/C to Fulton.  Please visit for any re-routing or changes to the subway schedules. 

Questions?  For more information, please contact:

Sunil at or

Anjali at



Special Feature: Need Help Inviting Your Family or Friends to this Event?

If you would like to invite your family members to this event (to participate as a speaker, or simply to observe) please see the template letter below you can model for your own purposes:


Dear family member,

We thank you for the love and support that you have given us over the years.  We know that the path to accepting your lesbian/gay/bisexual/ trans family member may have been a difficult one for you.  Some of our family members are still struggling with this journey, and could really use your support, guidance, and inspiration.  Some of us (LGBTQ South Asians), whose families are not yet accepting of us, would also be inspired by hearing your stories.   We want to have a new kind of event at SALGA this Spring, one that is not meant just for the LGBTQ members of the community, but one that also embraces our families.  Whether it be parents, uncles, aunties, siblings, cousins, or other family members, many of us have relied on the support of our family members. We also want to make sure that our community is supporting you in this process, as we know there are currently not many forums for family members of LGBTQ South Asians to come together.

Ideally, we hope that you might like to speak at this event about your experience.  We understand that some of you may not be in NYC, and you would like to write or Skype your story - if you are interested in doing that, please let Sunil or Anjali know (see their contact information below.)  We want to make this a supportive and welcoming environment for everyone involved.   If you're interested in being a part of Desi Family Pride, please reach out to us.  The event will be held on Sunday April 1st at Alwan for the Arts, which is at 16 Beaver Street in downtown Manhattan from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.  Please let us know if this is an event you would like to be part of.

Hope to hear from you soon!


For more information:


Sunil -

Anjali -

Have questions about Desi Family Pride? Contact SALGA

When & Where

Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street
Between Broad Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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The South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association of New York City (SALGA) serves to promote awareness, tolerance, acceptance, empowerment and safe spaces for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian. Our mission is to enable community members to establish cultural visibility and take a stand against oppression and discrimination in all its forms.  We pledge to encourage leadership development, provide multi-generational support, work towards immigration advocacy, address health issues such as HIV / AIDS, and foster political involvement in the interest of creating a more tolerant society.
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