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Rangoli: Queer and Ally Diwali Family Celebration

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RANGOLI: A Queer Desi and Allied Diwali Family Celebration!
11am-2pm PST/2pm-5pm EST, Sunday, November 8, 2020 on Zoom 

A Cultural Program hosted by QDASA (Queer Desis & Allies Seattle Area), DRPA (Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies), KhushATX (South Asian LGBTQ Organization in Austin, TX ), and IAWW (India Association of Western Washington) and Fundraiser.

Fundraiser will benefit QDASA, KhushATX, and provide honorariums to our talented Queer and Allied artists and presenters. 

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Lights! Camera! Sparkle!

It's that time of year again- time to celebrate the festival of lights: Diwali! 

Diwali is a multi-day celebration; a celebration which includes festivities to commemorate bonds between siblings, spouses, and families. 

For Queer Youth and Adults, celebrating Diwali with family and joining in get-togethers can come with many considerations and questions - considerations and questions of family acceptance of one’s orientation or gender expression or family acceptance of one's same-sex partner or significant other - and this can be a complex dynamic.

Many queer young adults feel apprehensive about family get-togethers for questions or pressure of marriage. Often, LGBTQ adults must navigate festivities with a family that is modeled a little differently than most others. Queer people often celebrate Diwali without seeing people like them, or families like theirs, and this isolation can be difficult. Queer youth often feel like they are the only ones in their communities or regions and feel left out. But never fear! Rangoli is here!!! And you are not alone!!! :) 

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Rangoli is a program to show our Queer Youth, Queer Desi Community,  and Mainstream community the fabulous talent and vibrance of the Queer Desi Community and its Allies  and to show that we exist across the continent! In our Queer Desi community we often do not find enough sufficiently visible role models and beacon's of hope and vitality. In this program, the majority of our cast identifies as Queer and we are also presenting amazing Allies with ties to the Queer Community who are performing and presenting as well. Rangoli will showcase several highly-accomplished and professionally-trained  both Queer and Allied artists & leaders who are spread across North America. We are celebrating Queer identity, unity, and integration with the mainstream with our Queer Desis & Allies of all agesacross the continent! And we intend to make this an annual celebration!  

This Diwali, we will light up your screen with performances ranging from traditional artforms including Hindustani Classical Music and Odissi Dance to Fusion Bharatanatyam and Bollywood Songs.

We will also give you the opportunity to learn something new at our interactive workshops on arts & crafts, food preparation, and even Pranayam for calm & peace - all brought to you by professional food and crafts bloggers & experts, as well as a licensed Yoga instructor! Attendees can also post questions in the chat box for presenters to answer.

We will end with the option for attendees to turn on their cameras and audio and have a chance to meet the Rangoli team & co-attendees at our celebration! Please be advised, we respect our attendees' privacy and discretion and attendees can keep audio and video off for the entirety of the event if they prefer. 

Fundraising Details 
VERY IMPORTANTLY! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!! To be able to organize, facilitate, and bring you such fantastic performances and workshops and community support and awareness events, we need your financial support. Please donate generously! 

Please note QDASA and KhushATX are not yet 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, therefore, any donation you make will not be tax exempt eligible. The funds collected will be distributed in the following way: 30% distributed equally amongst performers and presenters and 70% distributed equally amongst QDASA and KhushATX.

When you donate to Rangoli, you are not only donating to Queer organizations, but the professional and talented Queer and Allied artists and presenters who are making this event possible! 

From Vancouver, BC to Dallas, TX to Toronto, ON to Edison, NJ you are part of a global Queer Desi and Allied community! Can't wait to celebrate Diwali with you!


With Much Love,
The Rangoli Team

QDASA:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Queer-Desis-and-Allies-of-the-Seattle-Area-QDASA-102421294982104
Meetup:
https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-ewlhbwgl/


KhushATX
Website: 
http://khushatx.org/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/khushatx

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