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The South Asian Diaspora and LGBTQ Rights: A Panel Event

The South Asian Diaspora and LGBTQ Rights: A Panel Event

Thursday 5 September

  • Presented at Burbidge Room
  • Tickets: FREE

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Join us for a panel event in the lead-up to Phizzical’s new Bollywood-inspired musical, Stardust, looking at issues affecting Bollywood, the South Asian Diaspora and their LGBTQ communities. With guest speakers from local and national organisations, this event aims to explore the multi-faceted make-up of today’s South Asian communities.

Confirmed panellists include:

Activist Salim Khalifa, co-director of Trade Sexual Health, based in Leicester, who specialises in working with marginalized groups.

Khakan Qureshi, the founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice, and an LGBTQ activist, speaker and writer.

Saima Razzaq, the first Muslim woman to lead a Pride Parade in Britain. She is also the founder of Boatel Birmingham, a floating hotel with which she hopes to diversify the inhabitants of canals.

Daljinder Johal, a freelance writer, journalist and marketer who works with LGBT+ organisation Gaysians, arts consultancy ArtReach, Heaux Noire and literary journal Asymptote. She is also part of Beatfreeks’ Youth Steering Committee and a board member at mac Birmingham.

Chairing the panel will be Dr Rohit K Dasgupta, a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University and a Labour Party Councillor in the London Borough of Newham. He is the author of Digital Queer Cultures in India (Routledge, 2017) and 100 Essential Indian Films (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)

We will be updating this page with further panelist information, so watch this space!

Thu 5 Sep 7:00pm