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Online meetings schedule (LIVE)

See below for a complete schedule of our ongoing series of #SarbatSocials and #OpenMinds. If interested, please sign up using the event links in the newsletter or on social media. The online meetings typically last 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes and are facilitated by Sarbat volunteers. We hope to provide a relaxed, warm […]

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10th of October 2020 panel event for National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day and International Mental Health Day It was great to be joined by representatives from across South Asian LGBTQ+ groups as we discussed the concept of Coming Out and what it means to us. Panellists: Pavan Joshi – From India, came from Rajasthan in 2004 – dancer, writer, blogger, mental health specialist […]

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Marriage & Relationships Sikh Philosophy

A Statement on Marriage Equality from Sarbat

Sarbat has released several statements on the Sikh perspective on equal marriage for people of all gender identities and sexual orientation since 2007 1,2,3. In light of recent developments and renewed interest in the topic 4,5,6, we would like to further reiterate our position. Everything we do or say is keeping in with our core […]

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Sarbat Reviews

Pose : Season 1 #SarbatReviews

Dharam reviews the FX drama living the 1980s New York gender-nonconforming ball scene featuring Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson among others.  Co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, Pose is radical in concept but brazenly square in execution, affirming universal feelings, values, and aspirations that are common to film genres that inspired […]

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17th of September 2020 #SarbatSocial on preference

Sat Sri Akal – Hello and thanks for joining our SarbatSocial for today. My name is Dharam and I am being supported by Makinder – Thank you very much Makinder. Today is a day for an uncomfortable conversation – it is not easy but needs to be had. The topic for today is very wide […]

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Sarbat Reads

My Magical Palace, a review

Sarbat Reads, the book club that focuses on Sikh and LGBT+ issues powered by sarbat.net, read My Magical Palace by Kunal Mukherjee in the month of August 2020. Here’s a short review based on the discussion we had: My Magical Palace by Kunal Mukherjee takes you along on an exciting journey in the 70’s India […]

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25th of June 2020 #SarbatSocial collab with UKPHA

We may not have the much needed air conditioner that we all need a few summer weeks every year in the UK but we have a insightful talk about an interesting person we all know a bit about and also of an empire formed under his leadership. We are humbled to have fantastic allies such […]

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Personal Testimony

Simrat’s testimony

Simrat (an alias) shares his reflections on Sarbat and the need for online communities Hello everyone and welcome to my article. My name is Simrat and I am a 19 year old boy, and here is my story. I realised from the age of about 15 that I wasn’t straight, but I think at that […]

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24th of June 2020 – fourteenth #OpenMinds

Open Minds April 2020 – Community during lockdown It was great to see a mixture of longstanding and newer members at June’s online Open Minds meeting last week. We talked about the word ‘community’ and how our sense of community has been affected by the lockdown. We took advantage of Zoom’s new breakout room function and people […]

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Sarbat Reviews

RuPaul’s Drag Race, a review

Raj Kaur, writer and editor of Reviews by Sarbat. It is fair to say that RuPaul’s Drag Race has become somewhat of a phenomenon in recent years and has accumulated a mass following from the LGBTQIA+ network. The show recently wrapped up season 12 and has had multiple spin offs from its inception in 2009 […]

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21st of May 2020 #SarbatSocial

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28th of May 2020 #SarbatSocial

A heartfelt thanks to those who joined us on 28th May and shared their observations and reflections about Sikhi faith and culture. The conversations were inspired by the experiences of a few Sarbat members who are enrolled in the Harvard online course “Sikhism through the scriptures” (scroll down for more info on this). We navigated many difficult topics with passion […]

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the L word: Generation Q, a review

Raj Kaur, writer and editor of Reviews by Sarbat. The L Word: Generation Q is the long-awaited sequel to The L Word series which aired from 2004 to 2009. The L Word enjoyed 6 successful seasons and was often commented to be ahead of its time; it was one of the first (Will and Grace […]

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14th of May 2020 #SarbatSocial

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23rd of April 2020 #SarbatSocial

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29th of April 2020 – Twelfth #OpenMinds

Open Minds April 2020 – Speaking with our Parents  Thank you to all those who took part in our second online Open Minds meeting on the 29th of April 2020. This was our second April meeting. For some of us we have the privilege of being able to use the lockdown as a time to reflect and refocus our priorities. […]

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15th of April 2020 – Eleventh #OpenMinds

Open Minds April 2020 – Looking After Ourselves During Lockdown Thank you to all those who took part in our online Open Minds meeting on the 15th of April 2020. It was our eleventh Open Minds meeting and we were joined by people from Birmingham, London and the south of the UK. The Open Minds project is a way for Punjabi LGBTQ+ people to share their experiences […]

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30th of April 2020 #SarbatSocial

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2nd of April 2020 Welcome to #SarbatSocials during COVID-19

Sarbat commenced a series of #SarbatSocial and Shraddha reflects in the article below. A few days after the PM announced a country-wide lockdown in the UK, we at Sarbat looked for alternative solutions to continue providing a platform for Sikh LGBT+ individuals and our allies to meet and come together. We know that members of […]

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9th of April 2020 #SarbatSocial

Makinder shares his reflections of the #SarbatSocial he hosted.