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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Chennai Rainbow Gay Pride 2010 - Events

July 8 2010, Chennai:

Chennai Rainbow Pride month is in full swing. So far, we've had a pre-Pride workshop by Asma for LGBT community members on how to make the media work for the cause, a spirited debate with the Hindu Munnani (a religious right group) on homosexuality and family values (facilitated by NGO SIAAP), and a couple of volunteer-driven sessions to produce placards and posters for Pride events. Reports of these events will be shared by participants soon.

Here are the events lined up for Week II, including a topical discussion on the issue of the trans inclusion in the Government of India census, screening of Prodigal Sons and Milk, a not-to-be-missed queer poetry reading, and a meeting of parents of LGBT people.

(i) June 10 2010, Thursday: The Others and the Census - discussion by Sahodari Foundation
Organizer: Sahodari Foundation
Venue: SWAM office,6/13, II Cross Street, New Colony,West Saidapet,Chennai – 15

Time: 3 pm | Entry: Open to all | Contact: Kalki (98847 00409,

Sahodari Foundation facilitates a discussion on the critical issues surrounding India’s 2011 census, and the need for counting transgender people with due regard to their gender of choice.

(ii) June 11 2010, Friday: Screening of Prodigal Sons

Organizers: U.S. Consulate, Chennai
Venue:Consulate Auditorium | Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Entry: SPACE IS LIMITED, RSVP BY JUNE 10 by sending a SMS to 54999 with the words “Talk2US Pride”

The US Consulate General Chennai will screen a highly-acclaimed documentary film, Prodigal Sons, at the Consulate auditorium, followed by a digital video conference Q&A with the director, Kimberly Reed, who is based in NYC.
US Embassy Delhi and US Consulate Mumbai will also screen Prodigal Sons. For more details on the film, visit The next morning, for those who missed last year's screening of Milk, there's another chance to watch it at the American Library, June 12, 11am - 2pm.

(iii) June 12 2010, Saturday: Queer Poetry Reading
Organizers: Chennai Rainbow Coalition together with Madras Terrace House
Venue: The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Off R. K. Salai, Royapettah, Chennai 14
Entry: Free, by invitation, please RSVP to Aniruddhan (9884017695,
Time: 6:45 p.m

Chennai celebrates Rainbow Pride 2010 with an evening of poetry including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) themes, featuring work by celebrated and lesser known poets. The readings, in English and Tamil, will make visible loves, intimacies and relationships that go beyond what is mainstream, conventional and heteronormative.

Acclaimed Chennai poets and writers Salma and Sharanya Manivannan will read selections from their work. The evening will also feature readings of Auden, Garcia Lorca, Vikram Seth, translations from Urdu Rekthi poetry, and work by lesser known poets. We invite you to share your poems or read from your favorite queer poets.

(iv) June 13 2010, Sunday: Meeting of parents and siblings of LGBT people

Organizers: Center for Counselling
Venue: Center for Counselling office, Nungambakkam
Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Entry: Free, by invitation. Media not allowed: this is for parents and siblings. Please RSVP to Magdalene at

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