August 1994

The idea for khuli zaban ("open tongue") is born when two South Asian lesbians meet at the India Development Service Conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

October 1995

A number of South Asian queer women join khuli zaban after attending a book reading at People Like Us bookstore by Urvashi Vaid, director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute.

November 1995

khuli zaban's first official meeting at Ann Sather's restaurant on Belmont Ave. in Chicago, Eight women attend.

June 1996

khuli zaban marches with six other Asian Pacific Islander groups in the Pride Parade, the first ever queer Asian-Pacific Islander-South Asian Coalition (APISAC) represented at the event.

August 1996

khuli zaban, along with more than 15 queer people of color organizations, sponsors Rainbow Jam, a fundraising event to establish a grant fund for queer youth of color.

October 1996

khuli zaban joins Queer Nation in sponsoring an Anti-Violence March to protest violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.

November 1996

khuli zaban members speak on a panel of seven queer Asian women at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Annual Creating Change Conference in Washington, D.C.

February 1997

khuli zaban publishes a special edition of the Shamakami newsletter, the first internationally distributed publication for South Asian lesbian and bisexual women.

March 1997

khuli zaban participates in Northwestern University's Indian Students Association's "In Seeking Awareness" series of firesides, regular discussion forums on a variety of topics. Members talk about their experiences as South Asian lesbians and bisexuals.

June 1997

khuli zaban marches in the Pride Parade for the second time with APISAC.

khuli zaban presents a panel discussion on political activism and coalition building at Desh Pardesh, an annual South Asian arts and politics festival held in Toronto, Canada.

September 1997

khuli zaban joins a diverse group in sponsoring the Color Triangle, an ongoing forum for discussing racism in the queer community. Members of khuli zaban sit on the Planning Committee.

December 1997

khuli zaban co-sponsors Color Triangle 2, and the discussion of racism continues as well as strategic action planning on concrete ways to combat oppression and honor diversity in the community.

February 1998

khuli zaban presents a panel discussion on coalition building and the marginalization and exotification of South Asian queer women at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgendered College Conference at University of Illinois-Chicago.

March 1998

khuli zaban members sit on the Host Committee of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund's annual Bon Foster Luncheon, with guest speaker Coretta Scott King.

April 1998

khuli zaban co-sponsors Color Triangle 3, a discussion of racism and other oppressions as well as a report on the progress of specific actions.



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