Out and Proud Project showcases diversity of queer South Asians

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The Out and Proud Project from Sher Vancouver includes stories from people such as Sukhdeep Singh, Founding Editor of Gaylaxy magazine. Photo by Tara Chattopadhyay.

A response to the recent reinstatement of colonial-era anti-homosexuality laws in India, Sher Vancouver, a social and support group for queer South Asians, has launched The Out and Proud Project.

“The members of Sher Vancouver came together to decide how to respond and how to support our brothers and sisters in India and in other parts of the world where gays and lesbians are oppressed and discriminated against,” explains Sher Vancouver founder Alex Sangha.

Designed to showcase the diversity of queer South Asians, the interviews consist of five questions that highlight the subject’s background, their coming out story, inspirations, achievements and an opportunity for the interview subjects to tell readers how they “feel the world can change for the better”.

“We want to showcase coming out stories of queer South Asians to empower our community,” says Sangha.  “We want people to know the great things queer South Asian people are doing every day, everywhere around the world.”

The Out and Proud Project from Sher Vancouver includes stories from people such as Sukhdeep Singh, Founding Editor of Gaylaxy magazine. Photo by Tara Chattopadhyay.

The Out and Proud Project from Sher Vancouver includes stories from people such as Sukhdeep Singh, Founding Editor of Gaylaxy magazine. Photo by Tara Chattopadhyay.

“My hope is people would be less likely to oppress and hate those people who do so much for their community, society, and nation,” he continues.  “My other hope is to provide a platform where queer South Asians and others can read coming out stories of a diverse group of people from all over the world.  Hopefully they can find someone they can relate to and this will help them with their own coming out process.”

Visit http://shervancouver.wordpress.com for more information on The Out and Proud Project.  Visit http://shervancouver.com for more information on Sher Vancouver.

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