Priya, MJ and Anuja run Gaysi family to give queer Indians an identity. Read on to know more about this prominent initiative.
What prompted you to start Gaysi Family?
Gaysi Family was started by MJ in 2008 after realizing that the queer Indian identity was not represented anywhere online or offline. She wanted to create a space where people could come together and share stories. In 2012 we felt the need to take our blog offline and create safe spaces for people to come together and express themselves, thus was born our open mic event, Dirty Talk, which has not completed 8 editions in 3 years.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
Gaysi Family is made up of 3 core members: Priya, MJ and myself, Anuja. Priya single handedly spearheads the Gaysi Zine, our self published magazine which is in it’s fourth edition. She also runs Gaysi’s book reading events called Read Out Loud, held on a monthly basis. MJ is the founder of Gaysi Family, she manages the blog, content and all social media. I handle the YouTube channel and all Gaysi Events, such as our open mic event called Dirty Talk.
What is your dream/ vision?
To create awareness, and sensitize people. Keeping in mind the complexities involved, when dealing with issues related to gender and sexuality for the larger audience and those in the community.
What difficulties you face in making the videos/ running your group?
Given the fact sex, sexuality and gender are all tabooed topics, even in 2015 in India, it does at times get to get people to talk openly about their lives.
Who/ What inspires you or keeps you going?
Once in a while we have readers or audience members who appreciate our work and efforts and this is what keeps us going.
What are your future plans with respect to your group?
There are a few projects in the pipeline, however at this point our main goal is grow our blog, youtube channel, magazine and offline events.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
After one of our events, the waiting staff at the venue told us that he didn’t fully understand what homosexuality was, but after our event he was happy to have had his eyes opened. Opening up even just one mind can give you a really good feeling.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested in starting on his own ?
Kiss your social life goodbye!
Anything else you’d like to share?
Do check us out on www.gaysifamily.com
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