Support for British Asian LGBTI community. Why is this minority group so under represented and what is the common experience? This online forum aims to help unite this community and reduce isolation and discrimination faced, defend global LGBTI rights including repealing Section 377 in India and Asia, specializing in intersectionality of race and sexuality issues. This group does important work on queer visibility and aims to reduce homophobia and racism, improving understanding of South Asian LGBTI mental health issues as well as promote acceptance. See also the #salgbtuk hashtag for related groups including Birmingham South Asians LGBT Finding A Voice (FAV), Gaysian Faces and Gaysians.org . This year, the groups teamed up to help mobilise around 100 “Gaysians” who took part in Pride in London parade, with a presence at Birmingham Pride.
The aims of British Asian LGBTI are to
(a) Offer social support to South Asians lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning and intersex aged 16+ regardless of their faith or culture.
(b) Create a positive experience for South Asians LGBTQI within a safe environment.
(c) Provide a platform for South Asian LGBTQI people to speak up and gain recognition and representation.
(d) Empower those individuals to find acceptance within themselves and the wider community.
(e) Organise educational events and conferences for the South Asian LGBTQI and wider community.