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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04/26 – The Great Gaysi Brunch


05/18 – AIDS WALK

This year Salga NYC, QWAVE, and GAPIMNY will be joining APICHA for Aids Walk on May 18th!

You can easily sign-up under team APICHA by following these simple steps:

Here are the steps to quickly register for the AIDS Walk 2014 to walk with APICHA Community Health Center:






We look forward to seeing  you all on May 18th!

05/03 – The Circumstance of Marriage – Book Launch Party

The Circumstance of Marriage follows three generations of Indian and Indian-American women from the harsh slums of Chennai to the whimsical streets of New Orleans to the bustle of New York City. Determined to provide her family a better life, Lakshmi immigrates to the United States from India. Scarred as much shaped by her past, she forces her daughter, Pooja, to have an arranged marriage. When Pooja’s daughter, Deepa, must finally come out to Pooja as a lesbian, these three dynamic women face a complicated and cathartic generational collision. This unforgettable story is about building collective wisdom and empathy to move forward and to progress.

Buy the book starting April 22, 2014. Visit to learn more.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Event Details

Saturday, May 3, 2014  | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm  |  Free admission  |  Gallery Bar (120 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002)

2014 LGBTQ Muslim Retreat

2014 LGBTQ Muslim Retreat
May 23-26, 2014
Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Outside Philadelphia, PA.

Salaam; If you haven’t registered for the 2014 Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and their Partners and are planning to attend, please register ASAP. There is only capacity for 80 participants and the retreat has sold out every year.

Registration information at: Any questions? See http://

Limited # of scholarships are available! Priority is given to young people, women, transgender people, older individuals and those who have not attended before.

(2015 Retreat will possibly be on the West coast)

6/29 – Manhattan Pride March

We are excited to announce Sholay Productions as a co-sponsor again for this year’s float! Come meet up with us at the meeting point before marching as a group down 5th Avenue. Our very own SALGA NYC Dance Team will be showing off their new moves!Interested in volunteering and helping with this year’s pride float and theme? Contact

Event Details

39th St, btwn 5th Ave and 6 Ave (SALGA is Section 3#, Order #7

Sunday, June 29 at 10:00am – 2:00pm

04/25 – Sholay Birthday Bash

It’s hard to believe its been 13 years since we took over a little club in Chelsea to start a party that’s been bringing queer Bollywood love to New York for over a decade—and the hip-shaking, groundbreaking beats go on! Thanks to all our friends who have shared all these wonderful moments with us. Don’t miss another unforgettable night as we take Desilicious back to Pachita with your favorite Bollywood beats by Ashu Rai, an opening set by Atif, visuals by Neeraj. Part of the proceeds benefit SALGA’s Pride presence.

Event Details

Sholay Birthday Bash
Friday | April 25, 2014
Doors Open 10pm

Music by Ashu Rai. Opening set by Atif
Visuals by Neeraj

618 West 46th St btwn 11th and 12th Ave

$20 Cover
10% of proceeds benefit SALGA-NY

$10 Reduced admission before midnight if you send an email with your first and last name to

21 + to enter with ID

Screening of Desigirls (New Brunswick, NJ) – 04/15

Screening of Desigirls!

A documentary exploring queer South Asian women’s experiences followed by discussion and Q&A with Director Ishita Srivastava and presentation by Manavi. Join us as we discuss experiences and issues faced by South Asian LGBTQ women and how we can prevent violence in our communities.Cosponsored by: Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Q&A: Queer and Asian, LLEGO: The LGBTQQIA People of Color Organization, SALGA-NYC: Serving the Desi Queer Community of New York, and Dean Cynthia Daniels & the Office of the Deans.Free Food ● Free Admission ● RSVP to

Event Details

Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00pm

Red Lion Cafe, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Ave New Brunswick, New Jersey

Call for Volunteers

Hello Friends and Members,

Salga NYC is an all volunteer run organization and receives a great amount of support from the community. Our board consists of various chairs who manage programs and events for the core functions that Salga serves today. We require dedicated individuals who are able to commit 3 – 5 hours per week as volunteers and being able to attend our once a month in-person meetings (second Thursday from 7 pm – 9 pm every month).

We are looking for leaders to join as board chairs for the following roles:

Political Chair – Taking lead on political protests and advocacy events important to the South Asian Queer community in NYC. This would involve fostering discussions and being able to be the point of contact for various events as they come up.

Fundraising Chair – Coming up with ideas related to fundraising for Salga NYC per calendar year. This would involve looking at budgets from individual chairs and coordinating with the Finance Chair to see where the needs are. We are looking for creative individuals who would be responsible for coming up with fundraising petitions and events to continue the great programs we have in place.

Events Chair – Keeping a list of venues, volunteers, and logistical information related to events planned for Salga NYC. This individual would collaborate with the Fundraising Chair, come up with ideas to market our events and programs, and also be able to take into consideration whether our events and programs comply with accessibility, queer and trans* friendly, and other concerns to make all members of our community feel welcome and safe.

Co-Finance Chair – Being point of contact for Salga’s bank account and being able to update the board on our account balances, managing our checkbook, reporting on how funds were allocated throughout the year, and handling reimbursement.

Communications Chair – Checking Salga’s social media and email and being able to direct communications within the board. This individual would be responsible for sending out mass emails through our listserv for upcoming events and programs while also collaborating with our other Communications Chair to update the website.

If you are interested in joining the board, please send an email to with your area of interest.

05/04 – Salga NYC Book Club








Come join The SALGA NYC Book Club on Sunday May 4th from 4pm–6pm, as we discuss…

“Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire” by Alex Von Tunzelmann:

• At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the British Empire withdrew from India, inviting in all the exhilaration and turmoil of a newly free society. In this vivid, atmospheric popular history, Alex von Tunzelmann chronicles these times through the most prominent figures: Dickie Mountbatten, Britain’s dashing, inept last viceroy; Dickie’s savvy, glamorous wife, Edwina, who found the love of her life in Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s new prime minister; Muslim leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Mohandas Gandhi. Tunzelman’s thrilling chronicle “removes the veil from the colorful personalities and events behind Inida’s independence and partition with Pakistan” —The Washington Post

• “[A] captivating group portrait, pulling forth the most telling details of each figure’s inner life…To have turned an era of such significance and continuing relevance into a page-turner, to both entertain and educate, is an an admirable accomplishment.” —San Francisco Chronicle

• “A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the breakup of British rule in India.” —NPR’s Fresh Air

• “This is history as multiple, interconnected biography. . . . Indian Summer achieves something both simpler and rarer, placing the behavior and feelings of a few key players at the center of a tumultuous moment in history.” —The New York Times Book Review

Please join us 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:

SALGA NYC Dance Team Meetings

Event: SALGA Dance Team Rehearsal and Fun Times
Dates & Times: 
  • Saturday, April 12 from  2pm-4pm: Studio 6
  • Saturday, April 19 from 2pm-4pm: Studio 6

Location: Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway (between 19th and 20th St.), NY NY — 5th Floor
Contact person:
Event details:  Interested in joining the SALGA Dance Team? We’re working on year-round programming and would love to see you join us! We’ll be getting together Saturday October 12 for a little no-stress dance practice (wear comfy clothing), and then heading to a little post-practice hang-out in the area (karaoke may or may not be involved).

No experience necessary! If you like shakin’ ya tailfeather, then this could be you: