The OUT and PROUD Project
Five questions with amazing queer South Asians from around the world!
About 100 words per question
About 500 words total
Minimal edits will be done if needed for clarity
Return with a JPEG image of yourself with PHOTO CREDIT to
Please note submitting a photo is optional.
Please also include the NAME you would like to be identified with (i.e. first name, pen name, common name, initials, legal name, no name, pseudonym, etc).
Please also include a BYLINE. For example, Farzana Doctor is an award-winning author and psychotherapist based in Toronto. Please note providing location is optional.
You are also welcome to include your own personal or professional WEBSITE link but this is also optional.
For more information on Sher Vancouver
check out http://shervancouver.com
What was it like growing up?
Feel free to include any personal information you feel comfortable with such as where you were born, family situation, ethnic, cultural origin, heritage, and/or religious background.
How did you come out?
Feel free to describe your coming out process, sexual identity, and/or experiences in the queer community as a person of South Asian origin.
What has been your inspiration in life?
Feel free to include how you would inspire other queer youth to achieve and get ahead and/or what advice you would provide to queer youth who are struggling to come out?
What have been some of your greatest achievements?
Feel free to include information on your struggles and challenges while striving to achieve your goals.
What is your message to the world?
Feel free to include details of your mission, purpose, passion, causes you believe in, belief system, and/or how you feel the world can change for the better.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The following terms and conditions are designed to protect Sher Vancouver and its representatives and the interviewee from any harm by participating in the Sher Vancouver Out and Proud Project.
By agreeing to participate via making a submission for the Sher Vancouver Out and Proud Project via email, Facebook message, or other methods of communication you accept the terms and conditions below:
I recognize that during the process of coming out and sharing you’re coming out story with the public and/or the internet, discomfort may arise. This storytelling does not guarantee resolution of any kind or assure success with coming to terms with your sexual or gender identity, either explicit or implied. This means that there is no guarantee as to the outcome from the purpose, support, or service that this website is trying to offer.
I declare that as a participant in the Sher Vancouver Out and Proud Project, I am free of suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideation. If I am suicidal I will seek the help of my family doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room via ambulance if necessary.
I declare that as a participant in the Sher Vancouver Out and Proud Project, I permanently agree to release and indemnify Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society and its founder, Amar Singh Sangha (also known as Alex Sangha) from all suits, claims, and other actions originating from the Sher Vancouver Out and Proud Project website (https://shervancouver.wordpress.com), as well as any distribution of the interviewee’s profile on the project website and social media networks such as but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Your profile may also be picked up by the mainstream media and other outlets on the internet around the world.
HARM – I agree to give Sher Vancouver and its representative’s permission to contact the various authorities if I am at risk of harm to myself or others.
PHOTO – Participants are asked to provide a JPEG image of them with a photo credit if necessary. Participants have the option of not providing a photo, and instead, the Sher Vancouver logo will be used as an image on their profile.
NAME – Participants are asked to provide their legal name. Participants have the option of providing a pseudonym, pen name, first name, initials, or no name to protect their identity especially if they live in a country where homosexuality is illegal and their health and safety may be at risk if they publically came out.
QUESTIONS – Participants are asked to respond to the five questions in their own words. Minimal edits will be done if needed for clarity and legal purposes. This implies that interviewees are to take responsibility for their interviews and any resulting response or reaction.
WEBSITE LINKS – Participants have the option of providing personal and professional website links to showcase their work if applicable at their own risk.
BYLINE – Participants are asked to provide a byline describing how they would like to be identified, their vocation(s), and location (i.e. city, country). Providing location information is also optional.
REMOVAL – Participants can ask for their profile to be removed at any time by sending a written request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I declare that as a participant in the Sher Vancouver Out and Proud Project, I have read and understood all the information detailed above in this terms and conditions and consent to be profiled on this project website.
These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time.
Effective: December 1, 2013
Last Updated: November 15, 2018