Who is Gaysi Family?
Gyasi Family was founded in 2008 as a blog for any desi identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer person, anywhere around the world. Contributors as well as readership is wide spread reaching out to people in Australia, UK, France, USA, Canada and more. Since 2012 Gaysi Family has been curating and hosting events with the creative spirit in mind. Annually it hosts Dirty Talk (an Open Mic), Read Out Loud (Book Readings), 2x2 Talkies (Film Screenings), and trivia nights. The Gaysi Team is made up of Sakshi, Priya, Karishma & Anuja.
What were the previous editions about?
We have published four issues in the last three years. When we look back, each issue is a reflection of where we were as individuals and a collective.
Zine 1 was all about preserving certain queer voices in a tangible format, for we strongly felt that certain stories should be archived.
Zine 2 touched upon the plurality and many other engaging aspects of queer lives. We wanted to bring forth a collection that spoke loudly to all- that being queer is more than one thing, it needs to be understood in its varied ramifications.
Zine 3, we tried to create a space where the visual is not just an accessory to the narrative but is as important as the written content. We attempted to explore the idea of "queer" art in this issue, and personal designs/visuals that are further stressing on the poignant thoughts of the author. The visual extravaganza in print gave a new life to the narrative technique.
Zine 4 explored the idea of graphic stories as we felt that graphics (visuals plus texts) have the power to evoke emotions and imagery that opens a million new possibilities. It opened a realm of reimagining queer lives like never before.
How will these funds be used?
We believe in creating a good quality product while keeping the retail price minimal so that it is affordable and accessible to all. The Gaysi Family is covering the costs of production and content creation, and these funds would aid in printing and logistical costs of shipping the zine to our donors and writers.