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Pre-2014 Events

August 15th – Sarbat Social

Thank you to everyone who made the August Sarbat Social a great success. We had 14 people in attendance. The next Sarbat Social will be on Saturday 11th September 2010. Please note that we will be meeting on a Saturday evening rather than our usual Sunday afternoon excursion. Full details will be on the website by […]

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July 18th – Sarbat Social

The Sarbat Social on 18th July 2010 was a great success as always, with about 15 people in attendance. The good weather certainly helped, as did being in Her Majesty’s back-yard (St James’s Park, as it is otherwise known). The next Sarbat Social will be taking place on Sunday 15th August 2010, and it is […]

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Sarbat Social – 20th June 2010

The next Sarbat Social will be taking place on Sunday 20th June 2010. Here are the details of where we will be meeting: – Time – 2pm to 3pm – Venue – Starbucks Coffee Shop, 47-49 Queensway, London W2 4QH‎ – Nearest Tube Stations – Queensway and Bayswater. Please note that the Circle line will be […]

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Personal Testimony

Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of GS (male, 38, the Midlands)

I think in many ways my background is atypical in the British Asian community as my parents were very liberal. My upbringing was never as strict as that of my cousins, and that is something I that I have only come to appreciate in hindsight. I don’t come from a rich family, I was brought […]

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Personal Testimony

Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of HS (male, 32, Birmingham)

My family come from a traditional Punjabi Sikh background, with my parents coming to the UK in the 1960s. My parents were not baptised Sikhs but they did go to the gurdwara regularly, and as children, my sisters and I would also attend on a regular basis. I first became aware of the fact that […]

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Messages and governance

Sarbat Social – Code of Conduct

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 […]

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Pre-2014 Events

Sarbat Social – 23rd May 2010

The Sarbat Social meeting on Sunday 23rd May 2010 was a resounding success, with a dozen members in attendance. The next Sarbat Social event will be taking place on Sunday 20th June 2010 , and depending on the weather, will be a picnic in Hyde Park. Further information will be posted on this website in […]

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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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Personal Testimony

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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Personal Testimony

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 […]