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Wrap it Right Campaign
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Wrap it Right Campaign

When I started Gay Desi many years ago, I never knew the impact it would have and now it is showing its true beast. One that helps others in need.

I aligned my efforts with ASAAP, a gay rights support organisation based in Canada where homosexuality is a liberated part of normal society.

All Gay Desi services are free and confidential.  Gay Desi has a support program to offer support to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Gay Desi also offers workshops on a variety of topics including HIV/AIDS 101, Healthy Sexuality, Anti-Homophobia, Cultural Competency and many more.

Gay Desi conducts outreach at diverse events in and around the cities of South Africa and hopefully  the African continent. We also have free materials on HIV prevention in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Telugu.  Gay Desi holds support groups for South Asian Gay, Bisexual and other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) called Dosti as well as Snehithan which is a group for Tamil Gay, Bisexual, MSM, and Trans people.

Gay Desi is also here to offer support on safer sex and related issues so call us!

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The Wrap it Right campaign is ASAAP’s most widely received campaign to date. Based as a television commercial campaign it featured eight different Indian clips of people wrapping typical Desi things such as sarees, rotis, flower garlands and cricket bats.

The idea for this campaign stemmed from the fact that there is a lot of stigma associated with engaging in open and honest dialogue about sexuality within many parts of the South Asian community.

 

 

After showing the clips of people wrapping things, a gay couple was featured holding a condom asking the question: “we wrap it right, but the question is do you?” This advertisement was run on OMNI television, ATN, the TTC and on many other public and private venues. Print advertisements featuring still shots from the commercials have been poster-ized and distributed widely as well.

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The campaign shares the objective with everyone that we need to be more vigilant and be able to take the right step forward to help ourselves before we can ask for help from others. It takes just a second to be infected but just another second to prevent yourself from AIDS and HIV. Take the chance and slip one on to a better life.

Support Groups

Some great resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Dosti: a Toronto-based website for South Asian men to chat, cruise and connect with gay, bisexual, Trans gendered or other men who have sex with men. The site allows you to post questions regarding safer sex and sexuality. You can also place personal ads as to who or what you are looking for or respond to posts that other people have posted.

Snehithan: is a social and support group for tamil, Sinhala, Malayalam, telugu. Kannada, men who are gay, bisexual, trans gendered or other men who have sex with men.

Mirchi: It is a safe and friendly place for South Asian women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer to get together and meet other women, or have dialogue on topics that they feel need to be discussed.

Please for more information click here. Yahoo Mail Group: queersouthasianwomen@yahoogroups.com

Workshops

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Workshops – HIV/AIDS 101: These interactive workshops provide information about HIV/AIDS, modes of transmission, how to protect oneself and others. They also address community denial, homophobia, sexism, etc., from a culturally and linguistically appropriate perspective. STD information can also be included if requested. GAY DESI delivers workshops at the invitation of a group or organization as well as organizes them independently. Presentations-Usually at the invitation of some community, health care or educational organization South Asian Media. Our workshops are also presented in several South Asian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Tamil.

Unlearning Homophobia Workshops: Homophobia is the fear or contempt for gays and lesbians as well as behaviour based on such a feeling. There is growing documented evidence that the experience of homophobia pre-disposes gay, bisexual, trans persons and other MSM (men who have sex with other men) to risk-taking sexual behavior that in turn makes this group vulnerable to HIV infection.

GAY DESI’s Unlearning Homophobia workshop; which focuses on homophobia towards the LGBT communities, is conducted with anyone who wants to help or learn, as well as externally to the community. This includes high schools, universities, community events, community groups, other service providers as well as any individual or groups of people interested in this workshop.

For more inquiries email:info@indianspice.co.za


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