Thursday, October 11, 2012

Introducing DeQH - the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline

Please share widely with your contacts and friends.  This is a HUGE achievement for our communities!

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From: SoCal Satrang <>
Date: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Subject: Introducing DeQH - the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline

On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.

Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374), 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST]. Days and times will expand over time.

For general information, check out and contact

DeQH is a collaboration of South Asian LGBTQ groups and individuals around the nation including AQUA North Carolina, Hotpot! in Philadelphia, SALGA NYC, Satrang in LA, and Trikone San Francisco. Please contact us if your group is interested in joining our effort, and/or if you are interested in becoming a general volunteer or would like to be trained as a peer support volunteer.

All information in this email, including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and locations are CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVATE, to be used only for the support and enrichment of Satrang and its members.

Please DO NOT USE the information in this email for any other reason, such as solicitation or harassment. Please respect the privacy of our members and forward this email with discretion only. If we find out that you have violated the privacy or confidentiality of Satrang or its members, we're going to sic Rashmi on you and you'll wish we used a lawyer instead, which we reserve the right to do as well if you really annoy us.

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