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South Asian LGBTQ+ Charities to Support

Jun/11/2023 / by Nancy Amon

During Pride Month, supporting these groups is a beautiful way to give back to the community

Unidentified women at an LGBTQ+ parade on the streets of Lucknow
Unidentified women at an LGBTQ+ parade on the streets of Lucknow, India. Shutterstock

South Asian women cannot always live their true selves, standing firm in their beliefs. A similar concept applies to some South Asian women in less liberal countries worldwide. Our support for NGO groups and charities helps some of these individuals lead better and happier lives.

June is Pride Month. It’s time to love, be bold, and live proud! Today, we’re talking about some LGBTQ+ charities you can support as you help give back to the community and change lives for the better.

Queer South Asian Woman’s Network (QSAW)

The QSAW brings aid to diaspora queer Asian women. It aims to bridge the diaspora gap, help heal loneliness, and resolve mental health concerns that often form part of LGBTQ communities. It also creates a safe space for sexual and gender exploration without the need to “out” oneself. This organization adopts a sensitive cultural lens approach, no matter the level of “outness” an individual is at. Healing and wellness, education, and social community are some of the main priorities within the QSAW.

The QSAW is also driven by anti-assimilation, not adapting to Western LGBTQ+ norms. Members can explore sexuality at their own pace and in a safe environment, not having to identify as being “out.” Instead, they can redefine “the closet” as a better place to live. Respect is equal for all people in the community. The organization sees “love is love” redefined as “love is respect” and not merely being validated by society as queer. They strive to empower and be seen and treated equally through identity.

See how you can further help the Queer South Asian Women’s Network.

South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association of New York City (SALGA-NYC)

SALGA-NYC aims to promote queer awareness and create safe spaces for people of all sexual orientations. The foundation especially supports LGBTQ+ members of South Asian descent. Together they stand against discrimination and oppression, and promote inclusivity as within South Asia. Donate today.

Muslim Alliance for Sexual & Gender Diversity (MASGD)

MASGD aims to connect and aid LGBTQ communities from South Asian and Muslim backgrounds. It aims to create a support group where everyone is seen and heard. The organization celebrates gender identities and sexual orientation within Islamic communities understanding Islam while accepting inclusivity, equity, and justice. Get involved and support it today.

Rangoli Pittsburgh

Rangoli upholds the well-being and rights of LBGTQ South Asians in the Pittsburgh region of North America. They create a support group that recognizes equality and aims to improve the visibility of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Desi Rainbow Parents and Allies

The Desi Rainbow Parents and Allies are a non-profit community of South Asian women and men based in North America. The organization promotes awareness and acceptance within the desi families. It strives to include all sexual orientations and identities. It features programs like family support, LGBTQ+ support, and the Saathi Program. You can help today.

MASALA

MASALA (The Massachusetts Area South Asia LAMBDA Association) provides a space where South Asian individuals from the LGBTQ community can connect and network. It is an inclusive, non-judgmental space that supports views and all sexual orientations and identities. Furthermore, it draws on political and social beliefs and, in this way, empowers its community members. See more on their Facebook page.

Queer South Asian Collective (QSAC)

The QSAC is an NGO in Boston promotes the rights and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peoples from all walks of life with Indus heritage. The community is a place where collective people can share their skills, ideas, life experiences and network. Together the community shares the same interests in liberation.

The organization also represents LGBTQ+ people from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Libya, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Fiji, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, and Tobago, as well as other South Asian diaspora regions worldwide. See their Facebook for more information.

Whether you’re LGBTQ+ or an ally, we hope we have pointed you to groups you may like to support.

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