Every month, Queers for a Cause chooses an LGBTQ+ organization to which we donate 50% of our donations. In an effort to support the Queer South Asian community and fight against the colonized expectations of queerness, Queers for a Cause has chosen the Queer South Asian Women's Network as our Cause of the Month for July.
Alyy Patel, Sole Founder and Executive Director, started the QSAW Network in 2019 when they noticed a lack of community for Queer South Asian folx. In the time since, the QSAW Network has grown into a thriving online community which hosts workshops and activities, like their monthly themed Chai & Chill series.
Their mission states, "The Queer South Asian Women’s (QSAW) Network is a grassroots organization based in Canada. Our mission is to empower, visibilize, connect, and enhance a sense of belongingness amongst gender marginalized LGBTQ+ South Asian diaspora."
One of the main focuses of the QSAW Network is to reclaim queerness and gender while refusing white colonialism assimilation, which includes rejecting notions of being "out" or not.
"The QSAW Network seeks to engage folks who are disconnected from the mainstream LGBTQ+ community, as well as foster a safer space for exploring sexuality and gender without a need to 'out' oneself. By adopting a cultural sensitivity lens, we aim to create meaningful spaces and content no matter one's level of outness. "
Check out our Organizations Supported blog page to learn about organizations that we’ve sponsored in the past!