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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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Tenth #OpenMinds on 26th of February 2020

Thank you to St Luke’s Community Centre for hosting February’s Open Minds (Khula Mana) LGBTQ+ Support Group. The group was facilitated by Dr Kuljit Bhogal on behalf of Sarbat and Taraki. It was great to see a mix of new and familiar faces. We started the discussion by talking about our own LGBTQ+ histories and […]

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Ninth #OpenMinds on 12th of February 2020

#OpenMinds #Punjabi #LGBTQ support group came to #Birmingham last week. The first meeting was to find out what the group should look like and how it should run. From our conversations it became clear that a safe space is needed for Punjabi LGBTQ+ people to connect in Birmingham. People were mainly from a #Sikh Punjabi’s, […]

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Eight #OpenMinds on 29th of January 2020

At January’s #OpenMinds LGBTQ+ Punjabi support group we talked about success and praise in Punjabi culture. Traditional values have different expectations of men and women. Marriage and children can raise your status and being lgbtq+ can cause shame and guilt. Status is like having stocks or shares in a company and being #lgbtq+ can make […]

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Personal Testimony

Life as a volunteer for Diversity Role Models

Find out more from Pritpal Bhullar, Sarbat volunteer based near London. I have been a volunteer for a charity called Diversity Role Models (DRM) for about 5 years. It is a charity which actively seeks to embed inclusion and empathy in the next generation, which will in time lead to a world where future generations […]

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Seventh #OpenMinds on 18th of December 2019

Coping with Christmas Thank you to St Luke’s Community Centre for hosting December’s Open Minds (Khula Mana) LGBTQ+ Support Group. The group was facilitated by Dr Kuljit Bhogal on behalf of Sarbat and Taraki. This is a summary of some of what was discussed. The Christmas period is a time when many people willingly or […]

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Personal Testimony

Interview with Sikh Knowledge (courtesy of Urban Desi Radio) – Part 2

The following article was posted on UrbanDesiRadio.com by Petz on 21.01.11. We have been given kind permission to republish it on our website. ———————————————————— I could do a mini-series of interviews with Kanwar (Sikh Knowledge) he just has so many ideas and well rounded thoughts. He’s one of those artists, where you can give him […]

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Interview with Sikh Knowledge (courtesy of Urban Desi Radio) – Part 1

The following article was posted on UrbanDesiRadio.com by Petz on 20.01.11. We have been given kind permission to republish it on our website. ———————————————————— Kanwar (Sikh Knowledge) talks about his self-mutilation and suicidal tendencies   This has to be one of the most candid interviews I’ve ever done. Kanwar Anit Singh Saini also known as […]

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Pre-2014 Events

Social Events – 5th April 2010

Sarbat.Net organised its first social event on Monday 5th April 2010 (Easter Monday) in central London, and it was a fantastic success with 10 people attending on the day. The next social event is planned for Sunday 23rd May 2010. We shall be holding meetings every 6 to 8 weeks, so if you are interested in […]

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Personal Testimony

Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of RK (female, 44, Yorkshire)

Testimony of RK – 45 year old woman originally from Bradford 18th June 2009 I was born and brought up in Bradford. I moved to London to come out as a lesbian. I’m the youngest of nine children, seven of whom survived, and I come from a strong Jatt family. I’m a Yorkshire lass[1] of […]

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Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of AK (female, 31, B’ham)

Testimony of AK – 31 year old woman originally from Birmingham 11th February 2009 I come from a liberal Sikh family background, from an educated family, and was brought up in the West Midlands. My dad emigrated to the UK in 1960s, and my mum in the 1970s. Both my parents encouraged me to be […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Guru Nanak and the B40 Janamsakhi – The Meeting with Sheikh Sharaf

9th February 2009 Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh Gurus and the founder of Sikhism, lived from 1469 to 1539. During that time, he travelled as far afield as Baghdad and Mecca in the West and China and Tibet in the East, as well as the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. These […]

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Marriage & Relationships Sikh Philosophy

Leaflet on Sikhism and Same-Sex Relationships

A leaflet has been produced as a resource on Sikhism and attitudes towards sexuality, marriage, and same-sex relationships. Please feel free to print out the leaflet. Click here for the leaflet

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Personal Testimony

Thoughts of an Amritdhari Gay Man

By Jasvinder Singh Aul 27th May 2008 [NB – This article was first published on Sikhnet.Com, and is published with kind permission of Mr Aul] Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Siri Wahe Guru JI Ki Fateh…Sat Nam Jio, In response to whether there has ever been an “Amritdhari” who has continued to practise the lifestyle […]

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Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of DS (male, 26, London)

Testimony of DS – 26 year old man originally from London, now living abroad 23rd April 2008 I knew I was into men when I was around 12. At this time I was living in Southall in west London. I was a Sikh who wore a turban, and I was living with my parents who […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Vaisakhi – The Festival of Identity

11th April 2008 On April 13th each year, Sikhs around the world celebrate the festival of Vaisakhi. Although originally the north Indian spring harvest festival, Vaisakhi has come to be seen by most people as the birthday of the Sikh religion in its present form. It is a time of contemplation, of renewing one’s religious […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Guru Nanak – Message of Equality

21st November 2007 Guru Nanak Dev Ji is the founder of Sikhism. Although it is believed that Guru Nanak was actually born sometime around the festival of Vaisakhi in April 1469[1], his birth is traditionally celebrated 15 days after Diwali in accordance with the lunar calendar. In 2007, this anniversary will take place on 24th […]

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Marriage & Relationships

Sikhism and Same-Sex Marriages

In January 2005, the Jathedar (Head Priest) of the Akal Takht in Amritsar issued an edict denouncing same-sex marriages and urging the worldwide Sikh community not to allow such marriages to take place at any Gurdwara. Same-sex relationships were condemned as being anti-Sikh, with the concept of same-sex marriages originating “from sick minds” and being […]