A Home Away from Home

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 17:00 to 19:00

The South Asian Lesbian and Gay Movement of the 1980s and 90s

What did Khush, a gay men’s group, contribute towards changing Canada’s lesbian and gay community, as well as the lives of South Asian gay men? What is the legacy of Desh Pardesh, a queer-positive arts festival, in helping shape the arts in Canada? How can it be a grounding point for LGBTQ South Asians today?


Shyam Selvadurai,
author of Funny Boy as well as The Hungry Ghosts (short listed for the Governor General’s Fiction Award 2013), which portrays the gay community in the early 1980’s.

Andil Gosine,
Associate Professor in Sociology at York University, created the exhibition “Khush: A Show of Love” at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Sharon Fernandez,
an activist, artist and institutional change strategist, who was instrumental in getting Desh Pardesh established.

Sharlene Bamboat,
a visual and video artist who is currently Artistic Director for the South Asian Visual Arts Centre.