Events that Varta Trust organized or participated in

Book fair: Queer Ink books at Dumdum Swikriti Society’s little magazines stall at ‘44th International Kolkata Book Fair 2020’, including copies of Queer Potli: Memories, Imaginations and Re-imaginations of Urban Queer Spaces in India edited by Pawan Dhall and Gulabi Baghi edited by owais – Dumdum Swikriti Society, Queer Ink, Varta Trust

Kolkata, January 30 to February 9, 2020

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Discussion: ‘AKLF Adda: Pride and Prejudice – Experiences and Perspectives across the Pride Rainbow Spectrum’ – as part of ‘Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2020’ – Apeejay Surrendra, Oxford Bookstores, Max Mueller Bhavan Library

Kolkata, January 18, 2020

Photo credit: AKLF

 

Release of Q & I festival magazine; book launch Out of Line and Offline: Queer Mobilizations in ‘90s Eastern India, Pawan Dhall; and panel discussion ‘When they Gave us Pride – Stories from the First Pride’ – as part of ‘Rainbow Lit Fest - Queer and Inclusive’ – Embrace: Music Justice Arts, Epic India

Delhi, December 7-8, 2019

Photo credit: Rafiquel Haque Dowjah

 

Public events to mark 20th anniversary of 'Friendship Walk '99' held on July 2, 1999, often billed as the very first rainbow pride walk in Kolkata, India and South Asia – Amitie’ Trust; Dumdum Swikriti Society; InterPride; Nazariya – A Grassroots LGBT+Straight Alliance; Queer Ink; Wings Employee Resource Group, Tata Steel; Varta Trust

Watch video documentation of the anniversary events here

Kolkata, June 29, 2019 / Chandannagar, June 30, 2019

Photo credit: Prosenjit Pal

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Panel discussion: ‘No Going Back: Post 377 Celebration and Possibilities of Queer Magazines’ as part of ‘Kolkata Queer Literary Festival’ and ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Week 2019’ – Max Mueller Bhavan, West Bengal Forum for Gender and Sexual Minority Rights

Kolkata, January 5, 2019

Photo credit: WBFGSMR

 

Chennai launch event of Varta Trust’s online database on queer friendly sexual health, mental health and legal aid service providers – British Council, Grindr For Equality, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Chennai, September 29, 2018

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Rally to celebrate Honourable Supreme Court of India’s verdict reading down Section 377, Indian Penal Code – Several civil society organizations and collectives. Inset shows poster developed by Varta Trust to celebrate verdict

Kolkata, September 16, 2018

Photo credit: Kaushik Gupta

 

North-East India launch event of Varta Trust’s online database on queer friendly sexual health, mental health and legal aid service providers – Queer networks in Guwahati, Grindr For Equality, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Guwahati, September 9, 2018

Photo credit: Anonymous

 

Delhi launch event of Varta Trust’s online database on queer friendly sexual health, mental health and legal aid service providers – Instituto Cervantes, Embassy of Spain; Grindr For Equality; SAATHII; Varta Trust

Delhi, July 17, 2018:

 

Launch event of Varta Trust’s online database on queer friendly sexual health, mental health and legal aid service providers across India – American Center, Grindr For Equality, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Watch video documentation of the launch event here

Kolkata, June 28, 2018

Photo credit: American Center

 

Public meeting at Jadavpur University on Section 377, Indian Penal Code – Several civil society organizations and collectives

Kolkata, June 15, 2018

 

Varta stall at ‘Kolkata Rainbow Carnival 2018’ – West Bengal Forum for Gender and Sexual Minority Rights

Kolkata, February 18, 2018: Carnival

Photo credit: Prosenjit Pal

 

Choreographic presentation: Queen-size, Mandeep Raikhy – Gati Dance Forum, Artsforward, Squares and Circles, Varta Trust

Kolkata, January 16-17, 2017

Photo credit: Desmond Roberts

 

Vigil ahead of hearing of curative petitions in the matter of Section 377, Indian Penal Code by Honourable Supreme Court of India – Several civil society organizations and collectives

Kolkata, February 1, 2016

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Public event: ‘Call against Patriarchy – Inclusiveness Amidst Intolerance’ – CWF, Amitie’ Trust, Harmless Hugs, Sappho for Equality, Varta Trust

Kolkata, December 31, 2015

 

Public event: ‘Call against Patriarchy – Defying Edition 377!’ – CWF, KRPF, Amitie’ Trust

Kolkata, December 31, 2014

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Symposium: ‘2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014’ – MenEngage, Centre for Health and Social Justice

Delhi, November 10-13, 2014

 

Carnival: Varta stall at ‘Queer Carnival 2013’ – Sappho for Equality

Kolkata, December 8, 2013

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