8th Sept, 2019: PEP talk with Dr Gilada


GB Presents a PEP talk with DrGilada

PEP? PrEP? ELISA? PCR? U=U?

You may know all these terms link to one big one – HIV. But its all so confusing and, frankly, scary, you would rather not think or do anything about them.

BIG mistake. HIV is an almost unavoidable risk for gay men and its best to be prepared because of one simple reason: other sexually transmitted diseases can be cured, but HIV still can’t be. If you get it, its a problem for life.

You can still have an entirely normal life if you are HIV+ but it means taking medicines life long which can be expensive, have side effects and cause problems for other medical issues. And, sadly, it still means facing some stigma, even in the gay community.

But now you have options. Safer sex is always the best one. Not combining sex and drugs is always best. And you can also take meds to prevent getting it either before (PrEP) or after (PEP) a possibly unsafe experience.

If there’s a problem you should know how and where to get tested, and how to understand the results. And if you do test HIV+ you should know how to handle it rationally, with access to the latest medicines available in India.

To learn about all this and more come for GB’s special anniversary month session on everything you wanted to know on HIV with DrGilada – a doctor was has been involved with HIV in Mumbai from when it first came.

Dr Gilada has seen the disease change from being death sentence to a manageable condition and also something that can be effectively prevented even though there is, yet, no vaccine.

Along with him we’ll have speakers like Jay Vithalani who has been living with HIV for many years, has written for Poz, the leading US magazine on HIV issues.

The meeting will be completely open to any questions, in an entirely non judgmental way and all confidences will be entirely respected.

Date: 8th September, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM onwards

Venue: First Floor, Doollaly Taproom, Khar West

7th July, 2019: GB Versova Meet


When:

Sunday, 7th July, 2019

Time: 6 pm (18 00 hours), assemble at Gate Number 4, Versova Metro Station.

Venue: Our venue at Seven Bungalows, Versova.
Prior to the meet, assembly at Gate Number 4, Versova Metro Station.

Versova is a metro station and the western terminus of Line 1 of the Mumbai Metro serving the Versova neighbourhood of Andheri in Mumbai, India. The station is located at Seven Bungalows.

At 6:30pm: We move to a home venue a few minutes walk away for chat and discussions
Cover:
Free Entry; refreshments and tea will be served

As it is a home venue with presence of family members, please dress appropriately; Gay Bombay meets are inclusive, lgbt members and allies are welcome!

5th May, 2019: GB Versova Meet


Time: 6 pm (18 00 hours), assemble at Gate Number 4, Versova Metro Station.

Venue: Our venue at Seven Bungalows, Versova.
Prior to the meet, assembly at Gate Number 4, Versova Metro Station.

Versova is a metro station and the western terminus of Line 1 of the Mumbai Metro serving the Versova neighbourhood of Andheri in Mumbai, India. The station is located at Seven Bungalows.

At 6:30pm: We move to a home venue a few minutes walk away for chat and discussions
Cover:
Free Entry; refreshments and tea will be served

As it is a home venue with presence of family members, please dress appropriately; Gay Bombay meets are inclusive, lgbt members and allies are welcome!

A long overdue report


I have been meaning to write this and it is long due. I joined GB in December 2016. When I decided to go for this meet organised by the same people, whose party I had missed the Saturday night before, I was as apprehensive, scared, and excited as every first guy(or girl) for his(or her) meet was. After meeting with people at the metro, I walked to where the meet was supposed to be. When I reached there, I was greeted and welcomed as if I was part of a family. Little did I know, that is exactly what GayBombay would turn out to be.
I was shocked (and eternally grateful) that the meeting place was at somebody’s aunt’s house. This family had opened up their actual homes for LGBT crowd who had nowhere to turn to, and who had accepted people without judgement. What I was even more shocked about and what probably stunned me was the fact that there were so many gay men present. SO MANY? I knew this was a meet and yet I was surprised. It probably comes from the fact that I had never seen, or met openly gay men before.
During the meet, people introduced themselves, gossiped, ate, spoke about issues. A wave of familiarity went through me. All of the people here had gone through the same struggle that I have, more or less – the struggle remains the same. When it came to me, I attempted to explain the state of affairs in my life. After I had come out to my father, which was less than 2 months before I joined GB, I was in a state of sadness, but mostly I was just pissed. It was probably the worst reaction of coming out I had gotten. Regardless, in this time of need, there was GayBombay, proud as ever, ready to welcome unfairly treated souls in their embrace.
I was sitting there and thinking to myself, “There are so many people here; I will be making tons of gay friends! I wonder will anybody among these be my lover? Will anybody be my boyfriend? Will anybody be my life partner?” These questions of which I had never thought before arose in my head, and I thought to myself that these people may become friends, may become lovers, may become life partners, but no matter what, these people will understand me (Here’s to you guys). What I am is not alone.
I have attended many GB meets after that, and the parties, and I am in a relationship now. If you would have asked me 2 years ago, whether I would be in a gay group, I probably would have said yes, but I would never have even imagined the staggering love and unwavering support, and the delicious samoses that I would have received.
What I am trying to say, while expanding on my first meet experience, is – Thank you, GayBombay. What you have done, what you are doing and what you will do is something to be extremely proud of. I am only one of the many whose lives you have touched and changed for the better.

– Venky

2nd April, 2017: GB Bandra Meet


The story is that when GayBombay first started having its meets in Bandra, we used to have them at McDonald’s at Linking Road. Once the management asked us to vacate the table there, since there were about 20-25 of us there and we were taking up space on a Sunday evening. So Harpreet called up one of his aunts who lives in Bandra, and asked if he could take all of us there to finish the meet. Without much ado, Munni Pua (as Harpreet calls her, and by default everyone started doing the same) invited everyone over to her home.

This was sometime in 1999. It’s been 18 years since then, and the Bandra Meets still happen at her home. But now, the venerable aunt is leaving Bandra to shift to Versova. So this April, will be the last Bandra Meet at her home. If you have been a part of the journey, all these years, or for a few, try and make it to the home we all are familiar with.

Time: 6 pm (18 00 hours)

Venue: Our meet venue at Pali Hill

Prior to the meet, assembly at Joggers Park Main Gate

Directions:

At Bandra Station, on the WEST side, take a rickshaw to Joggers Park – we shall meet OUTSIDE the park at the main gate. Buses are also available ( 220)

At 6:30pm: We move to a home venue a few minutes walk away for chat and discussions

Cover:

Free Entry

 

As it is a home venue with presence of family members, please dress appropriately; Gay Bombay meets are inclusive, LGBTQ members and allies are welcome!