ARTESIA, CA: On October 16 for National Coming Out Day, South Asian Network (SAN) and Satrang joined together to put on our first ever community town hall followed by a festive street procession to raise the visibility of South Asian Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer and Questioning (LGBTIQQ) persons along Pioneer Boulevard, the heart of “Little India.” Around eighty community members gathered at Artesia-Cerritos United Methodist Church to attend this historic event.
Satrang is a social, cultural and support organization providing a safe space to empower and advocate for the rights of the South Asian LGBTIQ community in Southern California through education, networking, and outreach. South Asian Network (SAN) is community based, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of the South Asian community in Southern California. This was the third consecutive time these organizations collaborated to highlight the South Asian LGBTIQQ community for National Coming Out day.
The afternoon started out with creating an empowering atmosphere for the attendees, which included South Asian elderly folks, parents of LGBTIQQ community members, Satrang/SAN Board and Staff, Allies and community members of Satrang. Videos created by Trikone (A South Asian LGBTIQQ support Org. in San Francisco) were screened chronicling the lives of South Asian Lesbian Gays and Transgender folks, followed by an informative skit highlighting issues faced by LGBTIQQ Community. A panel of professionals, who work towards equality including, marriage, immigration, benefits, legal, etc shared updates on these areas with the attendees.
India Post News Service