2014 Nov – The Singh Project
Nov 5th, 2014 by sarbat


Sarbat would like to invite you to our last event of 2014 – “The Singh Project”, on 15th of November at 12 PM at Framers gallery, London. The Singh Project is a photo exhibition that showcases the beauty and diversity of the two most ubiquitous symbols of Sikhism: the beard and turban.
With over 30 million Sikhs in the world, there is an incredible amount of diversity within the community, and the Singh portrait project by London-based photographers Amit and Naroop, is all about highlighting the diversity of these men who all share a common faith.
Venue: Framers Gallery, 36 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JT
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street
• Exhibition- we request all to gather at the main entrance and the tour of the exhibition will start at 1205 PM.
• After event café- we invite you to an after event social gathering at a café nearby. We will discuss the events that were held in 2014, and we request your feedback in improving our future events and in setting the agenda for the next year.

If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us here, via twitter or Facebook and we look forward to meeting you all at the gallery and for a social evening afterwards.
The Sarbat phone will be manned on the day (except at times when during the talk it may be switched off) and you can reach us on 07779 575 099


2014 Oct – Happy Birthday Sunita – Watermans Brentford
Aug 26th, 2014 by sarbat

The Johal family invites you to a surprise birthday party for Sunita. Mum’s been cooking all day, and the family has just about made it on time.

Everything is set, but Sunita is nowhere to be seen. As the curries simmer and rotis are smothered in full fat butter, years of family drama bubbling under the surface start to boil over. Today, four decades after arriving in this country, things are set to change…

A new comedy drama about family from the producers of Britain’s Got Bhangra and Break The Floorboards.

Please book your tickets asap (£12.50 adults/£10.00 concessions) and join us for the 4pm show on Sat, the 18th of October at Waterman’s Theatre , 40 High St, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0DS. We will go to a restaurant afterwards for a meal (Suggestions please).


If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us here, via twitter or facebook . We look forward to meeting you all for the show and a meal afterwards.

The Sarbat phone will be manned on the day (except at times when during the show when it will be switched off) and you can reach us on 07779 575 099.

2014 Sep – Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One
Aug 12th, 2014 by sarbat

After a long summer break, Sarbat invites you to visit the Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One exhibition at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square WC1H 0XG on Saturday, the 6th of September 2014 at 2 pm. The organisers have been kind to provide us a special tour/talk of the exhibition to commence at 2:15 pm. The talk/tour about the exhibition lasts about an hour after which the organizers suggest an additional hour in the multimedia zone. We strongly advise you to be on time.

For a Sikh it is a great honour to die fighting on a battlefield, quoted in the Sikh National Anthem,”AUT HE RAN ME TAB JOOJH MAROO”  – May I die fighting with limitless courage

They were known as the black lions, leaving their homeland, the Punjab, they offered to fight and help Britain, yet they did it out of honour and loyalty. They constituted only 2 % of the population but represented 20 % of the British Indian Army. Hundreds of thousands died and more than 80% never made it back to Punjab.

Sarbat invites you to another special gathering of members, friends and well-wishers to celebrate and remember the untold and largely forgotten role of Sikh men in fighting world war one.

We advise you to support UKPHA and consider making a small donation on the day.


If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us here, via twitter or facebook and we look forward to meeting you all at the gallery and for a social evening afterwards.

The Sarbat phone will be manned on the day (except at times when during the talk it may be switched off) and you can reach us on 07779 575 099

Sarbat Social in Manchester
Nov 11th, 2012 by sarbat


Hello Everyone,

Here are some more details about our upcoming Sarbat Social in Manchester
A few of us from London are coming over to Manchester on 1st December.

Saturday 1st Dec

Sarbat coffee 16:00 hrs @ vivID cafe, 149/A, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 6DH
Followed by Dinner (Mancunian recommendation for a venue !  )

After dinner you are most welcome to join us for a fun night out in Manchester. We’ll be very pleased if you come along.

Sunday 2nd Dec

10.45 am breakfast at vivID cafe for a morning catch up .

12.30 pm We will visit Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara, Upper Chorlton Road for about an hour  . You are most Welcome to join us for the Gurdwara visit. After this if time permits we may visit one of the shopping mall or any other place of interest in the city.

By then it will be time to Wish Goodbye to all.

Hoping to see you all.

Warm Regards

P.S. You are free to join or leave us at anytime during these two days. You may come just for the coffee , dinner, the night out or even just for the Gurdwara visit.

We are open to any ideas or suggestions that you may have. So do not hesitate in forwarding those to us.

Sarbat phone will be manned over the weekend and you can reach us on: 07500 410 993 .

See you all very soon!

World Pride 2012 – Central London – Sat 7th July 2012
Jul 1st, 2012 by sarbat

Sarbat will be at World Pride on Saturday 7th July 2012, and we want you all to join us.

The details are:

Date – 7th July 2012

Location – Baker Street W1, near  the junction with Paddington Street – ask the organisers for section “Yellow 30”

Time – 10.30am SHARP

The procession is due to start at 11am, so please get there by that time if you wish to walk with us. The Sarbat helpline (07869 429610) will be manned from 8am on the day, so feel free to call us and check our whereabouts in the procession.

If people are walking with us, please wear traditional Punjabi outfits if possible. We will be having dhol players walking alongside us, so there will be plenty of music to keep us in the celebratory mood!

If you don’t wish to walk with us, please support us from the sidelines. The more of our members and supporters on the streets, the better for us to raise the profile of LGBT Sikhs across the globe. The details of the route can be found at http://www.pridelondon.org/parade/

Pride di lakh lakh vidai hovey!

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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