Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-08-24
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

VIEWPOINTS Touring queer Mumbai
by Sridhar Rangayan
2012-11-28

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


It was time for nostalgia and a walk down memory lane, literally. "Gulabi Yatra (Pink Tour)"—which Mumbai, India's youth LGBT group, Yaariyan, organized—recently took a large group of young gay, lesbian and transgender youth to some of the historic sites in Mumbai that gays frequented in bygone days. These were places where right from early 1980s, gays in Mumbai would go to meet other gay men, often clandestinely, for pickups or sexual encounters.

The stopovers for the tour were Bandra Railway Station, Maheshwari Gardens, Gateway of India and Gokul Restaurant. Ashok Row Kavi, chairperson of The Humsafar Trust, and me, a filmmaker and founder trustee of The Humsafar Trust, provided notes and anecdotes about each of the places.

Kavi said, "These were the only places for gays to meet, interact and know each other. Many of the lasting friendships and relationships actually started at these very places. Alternative families were formed at these very public spaces."

It was also discussed how, in those days when everything was hidden and invisible, meeting at these places sometimes could also lead to dangerous situations—being picked up by a plainclothes policeman and threatened or blackmailed by hustlers.

"With safe LGBT spaces available now and also the presence of internet dating sites, very few physical spaces are being used nowadays as meeting places," I said. "These places, used for cruising, were also places of community intervention where safe-sex messages were given and condoms were handout to the then underground community."

"Through Ashok and Sridhar, we heard such funny and fascinating incidents! We need more such interactions so that younger guys know more about their efforts/trials/struggles for that little safe space which we take for granted today," said Sibi, one of the forces behind Yaariyan.

"It was wonderful getting acquainted with landmarks and places we have spent years visiting, only to see them in a whole new 'pink' light this time," said Shruta, one of the youth organizers of the event.

The busload of young LGBT individuals felt the Gulabi Yatra was certainly a delightful way to spend a Sunday evening, learning and reliving the good old days—when, before parties and the Internet—safe places for gay men to meet was scarce.

It is important to record and document some of these histories. Otherwise, they will be lost forever.

Sridhar Rangayan is an Indian filmmaker who has made films with special focus on queer subjects.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Guest column: Planning a wedding 2016-08-24
GUEST COLUMN Is It OK To Label? 2016-08-17
THEATER REVIEWS Planted; Pen; The Transcivility of Albert Cashier 2016-08-17
VIEWPOINT: Judge Pethers explains leaving the bench 2016-08-05
Confronting Comcast on gun issues 2016-08-03
GUEST COLUMN Evolving as "Gay" 2016-08-03
Guest Column I'm with Her 2016-08-02
MOMBIAN The Republican platform: Leaving out love 2016-07-27
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Avoiding a name-change nightmare 2016-07-27
Northalsted Market Days previews fest favs and debuts 2016-07-25
VIEWS Crayons and Black lives 2016-07-19
VIEWS The Problem is Fear: Gun Control and the LGBT Community in Orlando's wake 2016-07-13
VIEWS...While Black 2016-07-13
VIEWS The problem is fear: Gun control and LGBTs in wake of Orlando 2016-07-12
VIEWS: Talking guns and race 2016-07-08
Blessed Body book looks at Nigerian life 2016-06-29
LETTERS Remembering Edward Sotomayor, calls for inclusion, unity 2016-06-29
VIEWS Targeted act of a terrorist's hate 2016-06-28
GUEST COLUMN Know Your Rights: Combating Health Care Discrimination 2016-06-22
Letters to the editor: A call for unity 2016-06-22
VIEWS In the aftermath of Orlando: Beyond ISIS 2016-06-22
VIEWS Targeted act of a terrorist's hate 2016-06-21
VIEWS My name is not Harvey Milk, but I still want to recruit you 2016-06-21
Ride sharing: Fighting change rarely results in progress 2016-06-17
Post-Orlando: Living and navigating two Identities 2016-06-17
Orlando: Making sense of senseless acts 2016-06-13
VIEWS UMC's inhospitality toward its LGBTQs 2016-06-08
Views: The Bathroom: America's New Civil Rights Battleground 2016-06-03
Open To Thinking: Nigeria: Jail the Gays or kill them 2016-06-01
MOMBIAN Making museums welcoming to all families 2016-06-01
VIEWS North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity 2016-05-25
How to donate a kidney to one of your newspaper's readers 2016-05-17
On RuPaul's Kim Chi: No fats, no fems, no Asians 2016-05-11
Massachusetts has no trans-accommodation bill, either 2016-05-11
MOMBIAN Do we still need to study the worth of same-sex parents? 2016-05-11
VIEWS Is dead white Christopher Isherwood still relevant? 2016-05-04
Open To Thinking: Discrimination: Religious liberty?! 2016-05-04
Guest column: Do you know your fair housing rights? 2016-04-27
VIEWS Pope's damaging message to trans teens 2016-04-27
Life: You, Me, and A.D. 2016-04-20
 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com