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City to host its first Queer poetry reading

DNAHM103462 | 8/21/2016 | Author : Tanushree Bhatia | WC :282

QueerAbad, an online platform for city's LGBTQIA, has organised the event

In a first, Ahmedabad is all set to host its first Queer poetry reading event. The event will be held on Sunday at Natarani cafe and is organised by a recently founded online platform called 'QueerAbad'. QueerAbad is an online platform for Ahmedabad's LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) community, family members, and allies.
Elaborating more on the same, Anahita Sarabhai, founder of QueerAbad says, "The reading is an opportunity to bring the queer community and its allies together to discover and hear poetry form Queer writers. It also gives queer writes from our own city a chance to share their work and through it their experiences of living as a queer person in India.
Unfortunately the community is highly under-represented and there are basically no safe spaces where this kind of interaction and sharing can take place.We are trying to change that and from the enthusiastic response we are getting, this may well just be the beginning."
QueerAbad aims to provide a shared safe space for Ahmedabad's Queer community and it's allies.Shamini,21, who is not a poet at heart but will participate in the event says, "This is a space for mixed ideas, clearing doubts, clear misconceptions, encourage conversations for queer members as well as the allies and supporters."
The event will be held at Natarani Cafe from 7 to 8 pm. "So far we have heard from about 6 people who want to read but are expecting many more on the day itself. QueerAbad was founded on June 26 and this is the first ever live event. Any one is allowed to read as long as the poem is written by a Queer poet," adds Anahita.

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