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About BostonMasala

MASALA (Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association) is a New England-based organization for "Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, and Questioning" people of South Asian ethnicity. It was founded in 1992 and is the only organization designed specifically for all queer South Asians in New England. For the purposes of MASALA, "South Asian" is defined as being from "Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet; and from the global South Asian Diaspora". It is a frequent sponsor of film screenings, lectures and other cultural events. "Our aim is to increase the awareness of our presence in the social spaces that we inhabit and welcome alliances with like-minded individuals and groups regardless of their ethnic/cultural/sexual identities.MASALA has connections with many of the colleges and universities in New England. The group also holds monthly potlucks at various locations throughout Boston.

MASALA & QAPA Networking Social

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New to Boston? New to the scene? Wondering where you can meet awesome queers? Wonder no more! Come to our joint MASALA (Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association) & QAPA (Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
) Networking Social! Make new connections and reconnect with familiar ones.So come out, eat some FREE appetizers, bring your business cards, or just bring an open mind. This social event is open to ALL friends and allies.

Sorry, 21+ event, and please bring your ID, and if you come before 10pm there is NO cover. If you’re undocumented, please contact Binh Le (one of the hosts) to see what can be done. This venue IS handicap accessible.Dancing starts at 10pm. 😉

Check out our websites too!

http://qapa.org/
https://bostonmasala.wordpress.com/

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MASALA brunch

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Fall is Here! Let’s celebrate with Indian brunch buffet at India Pavilion at Central square.

Brainstorm potlucks, movie night, chat-n-chai, to get us through the long New England winter.

Let’s plan and organize a Fundraising for DesiQ 2013 that will be held in San Francisco – July 4th to 6th, 2013. Let’s get our resources together to contribute towards the success of DesiQ.

Contact @ bostonmasala1@gmail.com

Announcing the Launch of DeQH! a Desi lgbtQ Helpline

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On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.

 Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST].  Days and times will expand over time.

For general information, check out www.deqh.org and contact deqh.info@gmail.com.

DeQH is a collaboration of South Asian LGBTQ groups and individuals around the nation including AQUA North Carolina, Hotpot! in Philadelphia, SALGA NYC, Satrang in LA, and Trikone San Francisco. Please contact us if your group is interested in joining our effort, and/or if you are interested in becoming a general volunteer or would like to be trained as a peer support volunteer.

 DeQH operates with support from NQAPIA. Trikone is a fiscal sponsor of DeQH.

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Please join MASALA for Northeastern University Pride Carnival

The fair will be taking place on campus in the Snell Library Quad (adjacent to the Curry Student Center) on October 4, 2012 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. We will have our own space, giving out candy and promoting our future events. 

http://www.northeastern.edu/lgbtqa/Programs%20and%20Events/index.html

(Contact us @ bostonmasala1@gmail.com)

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Northeastern University Pride Carnival