Members of Trikone NW have spearheaded amazing projects to help serve our communities!
‘Qahaaniyan’ is a Seattle-based 100% volunteer run project that is collecting the stories of Queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) individuals from the South Asian diaspora.
Qahaaniyan also known as the Queer South Asian Oral Histories Project is an ongoing effort to document Queer South Asians telling their stories on video. We believe that we as a community have several different and poignant stories to tell and that these stories need to be documented! Sometimes it is hard to come by these stories, especially when historically our culture silently advocates hiding the truth about our lives.
We believe that real stories well told are one of the most powerful ways of entertaining, inspiring, and freeing us from isolation. Stories help unite us and make us realize that we are in fact part of a community. The stories we capture (or liberate) on video will be available on our website andserve as educational and outreach materials to a broader audience. We hope, not only to capture and distill some of our stories for posterity, but also to disseminate them in the present
Moving Truth(s) is written to move us all. Closer to home. To bring conversations about gender and sexuality home to family and community. To serve ourselves and our families and communities in better understanding the lives of queer and transgender individuals by sharing our stories – our truths – and together move toward a place of inquiry and respect, such that “truth” itself is moved to a new place. How do we stay engaged with family, community and culture when we experience homophobia and transphobia? Where have we found support systems? Who have been our most active and sometimes least expected advocates? What do we need to do to help grow the kind of community we seek support from? These questions move us toward a new sense of truth, shifting us out of the false belief that being queer and/or transgender is necessarily at odds with family and community. Our stories help us move those ideas into a new light. The rich, celebratory, and self-reflective personal narratives in this book offer something different in their overlapping approaches to discomfort, fear, silence, as well as forgiveness, patience and an active pursuit of a more loving way to navigate relationships with ourselves and with others. As a community-building project, this anthology was created from a heart-centered place involving not only collective editing and story-development, but also providing contributors room to expand, heal and connect with one another across boundaries of experience.