Mumbai Kashish film fest: Parents of LGBTQ members will volunteer at event
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Mumbai Kashish film fest: Parents of LGBTQ members will volunteer at event

The film festival will have them encouraging other parents to accept their children.

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2018 11:23 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
Mumbai queer film fest,Kashish film festival,LGBTQ community
Festival director Sridhar Rangayan addresses the media about the ninth Kashish film festival at the Mumbai Press Club on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

This year’s Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, to be held from May 23 to May 27, will be different. Reason: Parents of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community will volunteer at the event.

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“We have enough volunteers. But seeing us in the organising team will motivate others to get their parents along and make them a part of the group,” said Padma Iyer, founding member of Sweekar, a parent support group for LGBTQ, who will be among the six parent volunteers.

Sweekar has 22 parents from Mumbai as its members, with other members supporting them from Boston, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. “We earlier participated in the Pride march as a group and individually, but this will be the first time when we will be with our children at an event,” Iyer said.

The film festival will have a discussion where parents will speak about their group and encourage other parents to accept their children. “Our main motto is to fight against section 377. There are a lot of parents who have accepted their children, but will not publicly acknowledge it because of the stigma attached to it. We want to talk to them through this discussion,” said Aruna Desai, HR professional.

Sridhar Rangayan, festival director, said parents will manage registrations, guests and hospitality and host events. “These parents have been a great support group and integral part of the community. It has always been a dream to expand the festival and get various communities involved,” said Rangayan.

First Published: May 17, 2018 11:22 IST