24th June – Sarbat Social
Jun 8th, 2012 by sarbat

Our next event will be as follows:
Date – Sunday 24th June 2012

Time – 1.30pm onward

We will be dining at approximately 3pm, so feel free to order your meals as you arrive in order for the the food to be ready by then.

We will be looking at our presence at World Pride this summer, as well as discussing logistics for Pride.

Regardless of whether you have come to our meetings before or it is your first time, you are more than welcome to join us.

For more information, email us at info@sarbat.net or contact us on 07869 429610 from 12 noon on the day of the event.

The Sikh Channel discussion – Sarbat’s view
May 25th, 2011 by sarbat

This evening (25th May 2011) saw a discussion take place on the Sikh Channel in the UK on their ‘Sikh Ethics’ strand on the issue of homophobia and homosexuality within the Sikh community. The reaction from callers to the show was quite strong and unprecedented, and according to the presenters of the strand, the calls were so extreme in their language and content that none of them could be broadcast on the show itself.

Sarbat would like to commend the Sikh Channel for raising the issue. Whilst our views on the topic are perhaps obvious, we welcome any and all opportunities for discussions to take place in a respectful manner, even with individuals who believe that Sikhi does not or cannot condone or tolerate homosexuality.

We at Sarbat hope that there will be further opportunities to have such reasoned discussions.

Sarbat Social – Code of Conduct
May 24th, 2010 by sarbat

Code of Conduct for Members at Sarbat Social Events

  • To ensure that all members are made welcome and to treat each other with respect.
  • To ensure that no member feels intimidated by other members.
  • To respect the opinions, views and lifestyles of all members.
  • To respect the wishes of members at all stages of coming to terms with their sexuality, especially those who are new to the group and scene.
  • To not push individuals beyond their limits, whilst being aware of one’s own limits.
  • Violent or threatening behaviour or any perceived threat will not be tolerated.
  • To respect the values of the group.
  • To respect the confidentiality of members outside of the group.
  • To remember that this is a safe and comfortable environment for all people, regardless of people’s sexuality or relationship status.
  • To bear in mind that not everyone at the group will be as confident about their sexuality as others, and to act accordingly and be sensitive to the comfort levels of other members.
  • Drugs will not be tolerated within the group environment.
  • Members should ensure that the safety of the group be maintained.
  • If unpleasant encounters occur with fellow members, either in the context of the social meeting or outside of it, then raise it with the facilitators who will respect your confidentiality and try to deal with the matter appropriately.

Sarbat Social events are to allow people to meet like-minded individuals in a safe and pleasant environment for socialising and to provide support for one another.

Although you do not have to be from either from a Sikh or LGBT background to attend, the main focus of the Sarbat Social events will be on Sikh and LGBT issues, and you will be expected to respect that focus at all times.

Please stick to the Code of Conduct, and most of all, enjoy the Sarbat Social events!

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