Fonds - Khush: South Asian Gay Men of Toronto fonds

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Khush: South Asian Gay Men of Toronto fonds

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  • Variations in title: South Asian Gay Association (SAGA) (1987), Khush: South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (1987-1991), Khush: South Asian Gay Men of Toronto, Khush: Queer South Asians (1997)

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62 cm of textual records
6 posters [1 missing]
20 photographs : b&w & col.
234 photographs : col. negatives ; 35mm
5 slides
1 t-shirt
3 banners

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Khush: South Asian Gay Men of Toronto was founded in 1987. The group was first named South Asian Gay Association (SAGA) and was changed to Khush as they extended their membership to include both men and women. In 1989, Khush founded ‘Khush Khayal’, the first South Asian gay newsletter in Canada that was distributed nationally and internationally. They also produced a monthly community calendar of events called ‘Chhota Khayal’ that ran until 1993 and ‘Avec Pyar’, a quarterly zine, in 1996. Khush was a founding member of the South Asian Inter-agency Network which is now the Coalition of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), an advocacy group aimed at improving social services for South Asians in Toronto. Khush also founded the South Asian AIDS Coalition (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention) which was the first initiative in Canada to address HIV/AIDS issues in South Asian communities. In 1993, Khush founded ‘Ahimsa’ – South Asian Men Against Violence (against women and children) in collaboration with the Coalition of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA). The organization ran a variety of queer South Asian community events such as ‘Salaam! Toronto’, a programme that celebrated diasporic South Asian gay and lesbian cultures and identities in 1989, ‘Desh Pardesh’, an annual festival that highlighted the art, culture, and politics of diasporic South Asians in the West which first began in 1990, and ‘Discovery ‘93’, the first International South Asian Gay Men’s Conference. In 1997, Khush changed its subtitle to ‘Queer South Asians’ to be more inclusive of all sexualities and reflect its diverse membership.

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The records of Khush were assembled by Nelson Carvalho, a long time member and president of Khush. It consisted of files on the administration of Khush, its publications such as Khush Khayal, events such as the annual festival Desh Pardesh, and numerous South Asian organizations associated with Khush.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, membership lists, grand applications, notes, drafts of Khush Khayal, press coverage, newspaper clippings and articles, photographs, slides, posters, and banners. The fonds contains five series: Khush administrative files, organizations and events files, Khush Khayal files, photographs, and objects.

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Fair/Good. Some of the textual records are torn or crumpled.

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In files F0015-01-11 to F0015-01-15 and F0015-02-15, financial/banking information is restricted in publication.

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Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred citation: Khush: South Asian Gay Men of Toronto, F0015, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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