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Announcing the Launch of DeQH, a Desi LGBTQ 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. launched *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.
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
DeQH operates with support from NQAPIA. Trikone is a fiscal sponsor of DeQH.