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MUMBAI (Maharashtra) -- areacode (91-22)

General Information

    Mumbai, India's financial capital, is probably the most progressive city in the country and appears to have a thriving scene. A good time to visit is in late Aug/early Sep for the Festival of Ganesh, when Hindus bathe Ganesh images in the surf. There are usually spontaneous gay gatherings along the beaches since gay men identify closely with the elephant-headed deity, who is known for destruction of obstacles.

    The population of metropolitan Mumbai is over 14 million people (that's over half a million Utopians).

  • Mumbai Gay Scene Updates message forum
  • Men in Mumbai message forum
LGBT sandwich in Mumbai International Airport (c) 2012 by John Goss
Progressive India: serving LGBT sandwiches in
Mumbai International Airport, LOL.


Businesses

  • Solaris Pictures
      Malad West, email. Gay-owned Solaris Pictures is the only Indian film production company that has consistently been making films on issues such as homosexuality and gay rights to engage the audience and initiate dialogues on issues dealing with health and sexuality, human rights. Solaris Pictures believes in pushing the envelope - both as producer and as distributor, and in partnering with grassroots NGOs and CBOs in India, and international collaborators from around the world.


Organizations

  • Asian AIDS Action UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2012
      +91 998-782-1640, email. AAA has free counseling services for LGBT persons with issues, not just HIV/AIDS. AAA asssists LGBT persons of all ages and income levels with career and financial counseling, stress management, suicide and depression intervention and counseling.
  • The Fabulous Laboratory Bombay India
      Email, (91-98)2191-1420. This queer film and video production house was launched in 2001. FabLab focuses on projects relevant to sexuality, gender, popular culture and politics. It is the only organization in India that employs its proceeds to fund queer film/video, new media and literature.
  • Gay Bombay
      Namaskar! Welcome! Community support group that organizes a gay party in a local venues every month. They also host "Sunday Meets" and other occasional gatherings like beach picnics. Tons of useful info on their website where you may also join their email list for news about future events.


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • The L Lounge
        Email, 982-173-0721, 983-375-5821. A safe, social networking space for lesbians, bisexual women, trans and LBT friendly persons including gay men if they are in the company of an LBT person. They organise parties, meets, brunches, movie screenings and other events in Mumbai for LBT women and friends.
    • Voodoo (mixed)
        Colaba Island (a major tourist area in South Mumbai). It claims to be the "only gay bar between Istanbul and Bangkok" although it's gay only on Sat nights. The crowd often spills out onto the beach. There are quite a few expats living and working in Mumbai, so Voodoo is a good mix of locals and westerners.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Got back from Mumbai a week ago. We were told by locals that Voodoo and other night spots may be closed (at least temporarily) due to a spate of police raids on night clubs." -- Tay, Jul 8, 2012


Meeting Places

    • Beach promenade
        Opposite Taj Mahal Hotel. The city's most popular cruising area.
    • City bus stop
        In front of Z.P. Ground in Arunagabad, near Aurangapura. A good place for fun for all types of gays.
    • Facility at Shipz
        Andheri East. Becomes an exciting gay spot from 8-11pm.
    • King's Circle (Maheshwari Udyan)
        Matungas hang out. It is relatively safe but goes without saying that, like any other cruising spot, be cautious and use common sense.
    • Mumbai Station
        Andheri MacDonalds and station ticket counter and the bus stop directly behind MacDonalds.
    • Parel
        Near Apna Bazaar at Hindamata. Facility near playground at the corner.
    • Public facility on East Street.
    • Public facility on Mg Rd (happening all night)
    • Suburban Railway platforms
        Santacruz and Dadar facilities.
    • Thane - CIDCO
        Near CIDCO bus depot there is a facility MSM use in the evenings.
    • Western Express Highway
        Cruising on bikes or in cars from Borivli to Malad after 10pm.


Shops and Salons

    • Azaad Bazaar
        16th/33rd Rd Bandra (west), Utopia Map, 099-3021-2636, email. India's First LGBT Pride store. Check out their disco balls and quirky mugs, or get the head-to-toe pride look with everything from flirty eyelashes to butch wrist bands and fun t-shirts.



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