October 11th (National Coming Out Day) Street Procession in Artesia, CA

Read this guest blog from Rash­mi Chok­sey, mem­ber of Satrang, a social, cul­tur­al and sup­port orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides a safe space to empow­er and advo­cate for the rights of the South Asian LGBTIQQ (Les­bian, Gay, Bisex­u­al, Trans, Inter­sex, Queer and Ques­tion­ing) com­mu­ni­ty in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Satrang and the South Asian Net­work, a grass­roots, com­mu­ni­ty based orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to advanc­ing the health, empow­er­ment and sol­i­dar­i­ty of per­sons of South Asian ori­gin in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, worked togeth­er to orga­nize a Street Pro­ces­sion in Arte­sia, CA on Octo­ber 11th to com­mem­o­rate Nation­al Com­ing Out Day.

The after­noon start­ed out with cre­at­ing a fun atmos­phere, mak­ing posters and eat­ing samosas…even danc­ing to old clas­sic Bol­ly­wood movie music…all in South Asian Net­work’s (SAN) office.

Dressed in desi out­fits, more than 20 Satrang mem­bers (com­pared to 7 last year), along with SAN staff and vol­un­teers, and allies/partners, gath­ered in the park­ing lot with our ban­ners and posters with Salman lead­ing the out and loud chants on the bull­horn — “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Out on Pio­neer!”, “Jeeyo Aur Jeene Do”, “No on Prop 8” (aka No on Prop Hate) and many oth­ers.

After the pro­cession and slo­gan chant­i­ng was done for the evening, we all head­ed to Bom­bay Sweets and Snacks for some deli­cious food…we took all their tables and con­sumed our Bom­bay burg­ers and falooda.

After all that was done peo­ple went off home or to oth­er destinations…carrying the feel­ing of hav­ing accom­plished what we went out there to do…be vis­i­ble and create aware­ness.

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