A Very Warm Welcome to you to KhushATX!
We are an active South Asian gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender group based in Austin, Texas. As Desis, we have unique challenges as we navigate our lives in the United States influenced by our sexual orientation, gender, ethnic identity, and culture. The main purpose of this group is to create a space for South Asian LGBTQ persons where we can meet, mingle, interact, commiserate, support each other, and, Of Course, have fun! We wish to increase acceptance and reduce stigma of LGBTQ people within the local South Asian communities by increasing awareness. We also wish to add to the diversity of the queer community.
We started out very small in early 2012, when just 6 of us met up for the first time at the Steeping Room in the Domain. Slowly, we have grown organically, in keeping with Austin's character :), into a membership of almost 80 members (Yahoo mailing list and Meetup combined). Our events are well-attended, but we need your participation in any event of your choosing to keep the group exciting, energized, and active. We know that our group is making a difference from the positive feedback from members, such as, "this group has improved my quality of life." We have a board consisting of a president, vice president, social director, communications director, and membership director that manage the events and various needs of the group.
KhushATX had its first Austin Pride Festival, 2016 booth!! See our pretty booth!!
We have monthly get-togethers that are scheduled on the first, third, or fourth week of each month. Although we try our best to keep these weeks, they can change depending on the event.
Our three monthly events are:
1. First Thursday Happy Hour (alternates monthly between Rainey Street and Domain)
2. Monthly Social Event: have included potluck, road trips, bowling, and local plays.
3. Gupshup (chatting over java): In a safe space (we have a designated queer-friendly coffee shop for this), we discuss issues affecting our lives. Topics have included: being religious and LGBTQ, coming out challenges in the South Asian context, HIV/AIDS issues, and the Orlando tragedy
- On weekends our members go clubbing as well- so, stay in the loop!
- We also celebrate Eid, Holi, Diwali, and Christmas.
Some pics from 2016 events
Pictures below from Queerbomb, Eid celebration, Hamilton Pool road trip, and Diwali
Please email us (contact below) to be included in our mailing list so that you start receiving event information. You may also join our Meetup site for event schedule and details.
Hope to see you soon.
Privacy and Confidentiality Statement
While we appreciate support of and love from our allies, please DO NOT assume that members of KhushATX are out. Please respect the confidentiality of our members and DO NOT out them beyond the spaces of KhushATX without their expressed consent.
South Asian Desi (Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer Group in Austin, Texas (KhushATX)
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