KhushDC founders Atul and Yassir met on the streets of New York City in June of 1994 during Stonewall 25th Anniversary celebration. They were surprised to learn that they were both from DC, and while they spoke at the "Utsav" in New York City, they decided to start a group similar to NYC's SALGA (South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association) when they returned to D.C.
Flyers were posted and an ad the in the "Washington Blade" brought people to the first meeting at "Luna Books." Before all the organized meetings, the emerging LGBTQ South Asian group in D.C. met at each other's homes and had small discussion groups. The name "KhushDC" was voted upon and won by a simple majority.
Since then, KhushDC has grown to a prominent non-profit organization serving the DC, MD and VA area south Asian LGBT population. From hosting social events to participating in political rallies and educational forums, KhushDC is paving the way for future south Asian Queer and Trans leaders.
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