Desi lesbians: Gaysians x LGBT History Month

Duration: 270 min

Desi lesbians - where are you? What are the reasons behind the lack of visible, out, lesbian and bi South Asian women?

We discuss the cultural factors that lead to desi lesbian invisibility. Our panel is made up of pioneering women, spanning five decades, sharing experiences and herstories. We will be screening female-led films, followed by discussion and DJ sets. Panel hosted by Reeta Loi, co-founder of Gaysians (

FEATURE | Signature Move (US, 2017)

Runtime: 1h20m

Director: Jennifer Reeder

Starring: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi and Sari Sanchez

SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother, Rosa (Charin Alvarez), is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating as she has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling training with a former pro wrestler, Jayde (Audrey Francis). Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her wrestling a secret from her Muslim mother, who knows more than she lets on.

SHORT | Little Elephant (UK, 2015)

Runtime: 5m

Story: Bobby Tiwana

Animator: Kate Jessop

The estranged relationship between a father and his gay daughter, now a young mother. What can tomorrow bring…? LITTLE ELEPHANT is based on the theme of Love Works: exploring South Asian LGBT relationships in contemporary Britain commissioned by Bobby Tiwana.

Doors: 6:30pm

Film Screenings: 7:00pm

Panel Discussion: 8:30pm

DJ & Drinks: 9:00pm

Tickets: £7 online / £9 at the door

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