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Sixth #OpenMinds on 27th of November 2019

Gender Stereotypes in Sikh Punjabi Culture  Thank you to St Luke’s Community Centre for hosting Octobers’ Open Minds (Khula Mana) LGBTQ+ Support Group. The group was facilitated by Dr Kuljit Bhogal on behalf of Sarbat and Taraki. We were lucky to be joined by both of the facilitators of the Taraki Mens Forum (Chai in […]

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Fifth #OpenMinds on 30th of October 2019

Fifth #OpenMinds on 30th of October 2019

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Volunteer Consultation 2019 #YouMakeSarbat

Seva or selfless service is one of our core foundation and this consultation is meant to take feedback from all existing and potential Sarbat Volunteers. We want you to direct Sarbat’s future by responding on three DRAFT items that came out of our strategy meeting recently and one project specific question. You may choose to […]

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Fourth #OpenMinds on 28th of August 2019

Race / ethnicity and being an LGBTQ+ Sikh  A Summary of the Open Minds (Khula Mana) LGBTQ+ Support Group which took place on the 28th of August 2019  Thank you to St Luke’s Community Centre for hosting August’s Open Minds (Khula Mana) LGBTQ+ Support Group. The group was facilitated by Dr Kuljit Bhogal on behalf […]

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Bhajneek’s visit to Mill Hill Chapel for Leeds Pride

Find out more about our Leeds based Sarbat volunteer Bhajneek’s visit to Mill Hill Chapel for an inclusive Pride fair and an interfaith service. On the afternoon of Leeds Pride on 4th August 2019, Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds held an inclusive Pride fair and an interfaith service which celebrated and reflected on the common […]

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Third #OpenMinds on 31st of July 2019

The Challenges of Being Sikh and LGBTQ+ Thank you to St Luke’s Community Centre for hosting July’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 the group discussion. The Sikh community is a complex and […]

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Second #OpenMinds on 26th of June 2019

Thank you to L & Q for hosting Sarbat’s second Open Minds (ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੇ ਮਨ) Sikh LGBTQ support group on the 26th of June 2019. We were pleased to welcome some new faces to the group as we came together to discuss our personal journeys of coming out and the barriers that stood in the way. […]

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You’re not alone.

Hi my name is tina I from a sikh family I wanted some advice from you guys because I am having difficulty with my family members they are not excepting my feeling toward girls and they are making negative comments towards me I would like advice about how to handle my family how making this […]

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First #OpenMinds on 29th of May 2019

  The Open Minds (ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੇ ਮਨ) support group started as a collaboration between Sarbat and Taraki to provide a safe space for Punjabi LGBT+ individuals to share stories and provide support to each other. Following a very successful pilot workshop last month, we held our first group session on 29th May 2019. Thank you to […]

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Summary of the Open Mind setting up on 10th of April 2019

Thank you to all the people who took part in the Open Mind (ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੇ ਮਨ) workshop on the 10th of April 2019 or filled in the accompanying survey. The aim of the workshop was to find out if we need a safe space for Sikh LGBTQ+ people to meet and support each other. It was […]

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An open letter to the British Sikh community Re: No Outsiders

Dear brothers and sisters Sikhism is an all-encompassing religion based upon the fundamental principle of equality. Sikhism does not speak against homosexuality. There is nothing in the holy scriptures that states that marriage must be between a man and a woman. Furthermore, discriminating against people or groups, including the gay community, would be going against […]

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Sarbat and Taraki workshop – Scoping

Life or work can sometimes fail to provide an open space for those experiencing challenges and difficulties. We would like to help LGBT South Asians discuss some unique challenges they may face within their communities in an informal and relaxed setting. Sarbat Sikh LGBT and Taraki are working in partnership to provide a regular space […]

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Sarbat Survey 2018 – Findings

Sarbat carried out an online survey inviting responses from it’s immediate membership as well as the wider Sikh community. We had over 120 responses which have been condensed to form this note. The findings discussed in this note will direct the way Sarbat, as a Sikh LGBT support group, will serve the community it represents […]

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Sarbat and Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

The biggest news in the LGBT sphere so far this year has been the Indian Supreme Court partially striking down Section 377 on the 6th of September. This ruling essentially decriminalises gay sex between adults. Sarbat finds this of historic significance. One fifth of mankind has rightfully been told that consensual sex between two adults […]

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A new year message from Sarbat

Dear members and friends 2017 has been an eventful year for many and we anticipate 2018 to offer opportunities just as profound.   Sarbat’s journey since 2007 has been just as eventful, starting as an online forum for LGBT Sikhs, the group now has a wide global reach which encompasses the diversity of the Sikh […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT – All future events will be publicised on Eventbrite

From April 2017, All future events taking place in the UK will be advertised on Eventbrite. This platform offers tremendous ease of use and clarity in organising and managing all sorts of events. Future and past events can now be accessed from using the link below. Hope to see you at one in the future. […]

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2017 April – Lockwood Kipling Panjab @ V&A London

Come and join us for our first meet and greet event of 2017 at the Victoria and Albert in London. Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London – This free exhibition explores the life, work and lasting impact of John Lockwood Kipling (1837 – 1911), an artist, writer, museum director, teacher, conservationist […]

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An open letter to our friends in Australia

An open letter This open letter is in response to a submission by the National Sikh Council of Australia Inc in response to the Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill supported by Bawa Singh Jagdev, Secretary. The overwhelming principle of Sikhism is to consider all of human race as […]

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Our October meetup in Birmingham

Saran talks about our recent #ComeTogetherInBirmingham meetup event that took place on the 2nd of October 2016. We came together in Birmingham for our October meetup, the first LGBT+ event organised by a Sikh Darbaar. There were four of us, representing North American, British Asian and Northern European cultures. There was an instant feeling of friendship, […]

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2016-2017 – Monthly Sarbat meetups in Birmingham

We are proud to finally announce our monthly meetups in Birmingham taking place on the first Sunday of every month. Please come, meet like minded people, share stories and make new friends in a safe & accepting spiritual space. Sunday 6th of November 2016 Sunday 4th of December 2016 Sunday 1st of January 2017 Sunday […]