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Khushdc members at a local event posing for a picture
Khushdc members at a local event posing for a picture

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memebers at the capitol building
memebers at the capitol building

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Picture of khushdc memebers in two rows posing

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INCLUSIVITY STATEMENT

We are committed to supporting KhushDC members in our identities. We want our organization
to be a safe space for South Asians within the LGBTQ+ community and for LGBTQ+ people
within the South Asian community. This includes Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives and those in the South Asian diaspora across the globe.


We invite and ask our members and participants to our events to be mindful about our own
explicit and/or implicit biases, such as (but not limited to) ableism, anti-blackness, biphobia,
casteism, internalized racism, misogyny, transphobia and religious biases.


We are committed to educating ourselves and each other from a place of mutual respect and love.
We believe that by taking the time to forge relationships, we can understand issues that affect each
other. These friendships can be the beginning of bridging differences. Naming uncomfortable
topics and feelings is difficult, but this level of vulnerability is needed for us to make KhushDC a
space that is welcoming to all.
We also want to create dedicated learning opportunities, such as workshops and discussion
groups, so that our members are not unduly burdened with educating others about their needs.


We invite our partners, friends, and family to share in the joy of spaces just for us, while
keeping in mind that these spaces center our community members. This includes individuals
who do not identify as South Asian and/or LGBTQIA+, but want to be allies. We expect them
to also abide by the inclusivity statement.


In the process of creating a safe space for South Asian LGBTQ+ people, there will be times when
some of our community members may feel uncomfortable as we move towards a culture of better
understanding, learning, and increasing awareness, and unlearning unconscious biases. We invite
them to sit with this discomfort, and to use it as an opportunity to learn how to center the needs of
South Asian LGBTQ+ people. We understand that this is part of the process of creating a more
accepting community.


We invite KhushDC members to raise concerns either directly with co chairs or anonymously
through our online KhushBox with any concerns and questions about inclusivity in our spaces. We
will not have all the answers, nor do we claim to, but we will strive to learn alongside you.

Adopted by the KhushDC board on December 19, 2020