SALGA NYC serves to promote awareness, tolerance, acceptance, empowerment and safe spaces for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.
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8/17 March with SALGA in the India Day Parade

SALGA NYC will be marching in NYC’s annual India Day Parade. 2014 marks the fifth year that SALGA will be marching at the Parade, after being banned from attending for a number of years.

This will be a landmark year, as we hope to focus our presence at the parade as a protest against the Supreme Court ruling last year upholding Section 377. We want to hear from you, our treasured members, about how you would like to make our presence felt at this important event.We are hosting a Community Gathering this Saturday, August 9th, at The Center (208 W 13 St.) from 2-3:30pm to discuss ideas for the best way to make sure our presence is felt and heard. Please come, show your support, and share your ideas. Our goal is to present a united front for all our communities at the Parade. Snacks will be provided.

Email Priya,, with any questions, or visit for more details about the parade.


8/9 – SALGA NYC Monthly Support Group



Salga NYC’s monthly support group meetings are a SAFE, CONFIDENTIAL space for you to join a group atmosphere to talk about issues that affect your life and well-being. We provide a supportive atmosphere to all attendees.

Support is for you – come to discuss this month’s topic or whatever may be on your mind. Salga’s Support group is limited to folks who identify as South Asian and to their intimate family.

In addition to monthly in-person support group meetings, there is also a desi lgbtQ helpline on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Call 908-FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374) for free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources. More info on

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street

7/27 The SALGA NYC Book Club Meeting (“Burnt Shadows” by Kamila Shamsie)



Come join The SALGA NYC Book Club on Sunday, July 27th from 5pm–7pm, as we discuss:

“Burnt Shadows” by Kamila Shamsie

We look forward to seeing you as we discuss this selection over snacks & beverages. And feel free to bring your favorite snack or beverage as well. For the venue location and contact information, please send an email to: BOOKCLUB@SALGANYC.ORG

About the book:

“Sweeping in its scope and mesmerizing in its evocation of time and place, this is a tale of love and war, of three generations, and three world-changing historic events.”

• “Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength. She understands a great deal about the ways in which the world’s many tragedies and histories shape one another, and about how human beings can try to avoid being crushed by their fate and can discover their humanity, even in the fiercest combat zones of the age. Burnt Shadows is an absorbing novel that commands, in the reader, a powerful emotional and intellectual response.”
—Salman Rushdie

• “Burnt Shadows is audacious in its ambition, epic in its scope. A startling expansion of the author’s intentions, imagination and craftsmanship. One can only admire the huge advances she has made, and helped us to make, in understanding the new global tensions.”
—Anita Desai

• “In this brilliant book Kamila Shamsie opens a vista onto the century we have just lived through—pointing out its terror and its solace. She is so extraordinary a writer that she also offers hints about the century we are living through—the dark corners that contain challenges, as well as the paths that lead to beauty’s lair.”
—Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers