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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 […]

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2016 Oct – #ComeTogetherInBirmingham 2nd October 2016

  Sarbat is back after our warm summer break with a return to Birmingham. We’re gathering together for tea and snack on Sunday 2nd of October at 1pm. The venue is Mata Tripta Darbar, housed within the Northside Welcome Centre, 176A Streetly Road, Birmingham, B23 7AL. This is a safe space for all genders and sexualities to come […]

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(Update) Sarbat Picnic on Sat, 16th of July 2016

  Testimony from the organiser – This summer, Sarbat held its first ever Lesbian picnic in the beautiful surrounds of London’s Regents Park. A truly memorable day, bringing together wonderful Sikh Lesbians, from far corners of the UK. It was fascinating to meet such accomplished Sikh Ladies, each with a unique experience of being a […]

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Towards Marg – A talk by N Kamatkar – 19th May 2016

Towards Marg is an exhibition exploring South Asian LGBT identities in the UK’s political and cultural scenes. Sarbat has arranged a special talk by curator Niranjan Kamatkar, Artistic Director at Wise Thoughts. Towards Marg (part of the Alchemy Festival 2016) features the photographic work of artists Charan Singh, Raisa Kabir, Balbir Krishan and Sushil Mangaonkar. ‘Marg’ is Sanskrit […]

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2016 May – Lesbian Coffee Social Sun 01/05/16

After a fantastic Spring Walk and Talk event, we are proud to organise our exclusive Sarbat Lesbian coffee social. A friendly and relaxed event to meet other like minded lesbians. Far too often issues pertaining to our lesbian sisters are overlooked – Sarbat wants to change that. Our next coffee social is on Sunday, 1st of […]

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2016 Apr Sarbat Spring Walk in Windsor Great Park

Dear friends (Note New Time) What better way to welcome spring than a long walk and talk – The historic path connecting the Windsor Castle Grounds to the Copper Horse and the Deer Garden. On Sunday the 24th of April 2016 – We are meeting at Esquires Coffee shop at 12 noon for a prompt start at 1230 pm. The […]

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Personal Testimony

coming out to my parents – a submission

Angie sent us the following message recently – I’m 18 years old soon, I’m in a relationship with someone I know I want to spend my life with, we are very committed to each other.  My parents and family is very strict with how I should live my life and who I should be but […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Barnados Faith Tool Kit for Schools – Sikhism

We were recently asked to provide a Sikh perspective on tolerance, respect and diversity to be used for UK Schools. Kam, one of our facilitators provided the following. What does your faith say about ideas such as tolerance, respect, diversity?  Sikhs believe in one God. For all people of all religions. The central tenet of Sikhism […]

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Marriage & Relationships

All sexuality is forbidden in Sikhism (member submission)

While the more conservative-minded, reactionary elements within the Sikh community express their disgust towards homosexuality, Sikh scriptures are decidedly neutral on the matter as they do not entail explicit references either condemning it or condoning it .

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2015 Aug – Sarbat in Leicester with Trade LGBT

Sarbat is joining forces with Leicester based LGB&T health charity Trade on Sunday 2nd August 2015 2-4 pm for our Health and Wellbeing event. We are very fortunate to be joined in by Rusi Jaspal, professor of Psychology and Sexual Health at De Montfort University, who will be delivering a talk on the specific mental […]

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2015 Jan – Sarbat says #JeSuisCharlie

            The right to freedom of expression is crucial in a democracy – information and ideas help to inform political debate and are essential to public accountability and transparency in society. The right to free expression would be meaningless if it only protected certain types of expression – so the […]

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2014 Nov – LSESU LGBT Panel Talk

  LSESU LGBT Panel Talk – As part of LSESU Pride Week – Please join us and representatives of various faith groups taking part in a panel discussion about LGBT issues from a faith perspective. The event is being held at the Faith Centre, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2EY) […]

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2014 Nov – The Singh Project

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 […]

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2014 Oct – Happy Birthday Sunita – Watermans Brentford

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 […]

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2014 Sep – Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One

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 […]

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Sikh Philosophy

A message from Jag in Canada

In addition to the various messages of support we get from people, we occasionally get the following kinds of messages which we prefer being answered (without being censored). Very recently Jag wrote us the following email…. and we responded in kind.   JAG : this site is a joke wtf u mean gay lesbian transeual. […]

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Pre-2014 Events

Kundalini Yoga Meet – 14th of September 2013

Sarbat is delighted to announce our very first Kundalini Yoga meet taking place on Saturday, the 14th of September 2013. Sat Siri Singh Ji will lead a two hour Kundalini Yoga session. Venue: Southall Kundalini Yoga Centre – Sikh Missionary Society, 1st Floor, Entrance Dominion Road, Southall UB2 5DP – West London The nearest station […]

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Sarbat in USA

Dear Sarbat Supporters and friends It’s finally time. Sarbat is visiting New York City on the 1st and 2nd of November 2013 for our very first event in the USA. Two Sarbat facilitators are visiting the US and hoping to get as many of you attending for a friendly coffee social/discussion. Fri 1st November 2013 […]