Satrang Gala 2018
Satrang’s annual gala is a night of celebration, filled with a variety of Desi foods, musical performances, comedy and honoring trailblazers in the community, all culminating in an epic dance party!
2018 GALA AWARDEES
Satrang Visionary Award 2018
SANJAY CHHUGANI currently serves as a member of the South Asian Network (SAN) board, member of the Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT) advisory board; also on the board of Special Service for Groups (SSG). He has served as Co-Chair for the Committee for Outreach, Recruiting and Education (CORE) for API Equality-LA, a coalition of organizations working towards marriage equality for the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT community. He was on the board of Satrang for over 6 years, first for two years as Vice President and later as President for 4 years and has continued to provide support and counsel for the Satrang board and members. He was also Co-President of the Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council and served on the board of GAPSN (Gay Asian Pacific Support Network) for three years. He was also one of the community founders of Fusion, the Los Angeles People of Color LGBT film festival, which is a program of Outfest. He has been very active in the Asian and specifically South Asian LGBT community organizing events, providing support and as a spokesperson for the community.
In his professional capacity, Sanjay Chhugani, has worked in the human resources and engineering staffing field for 23 years and currently functions as the Executive Director for Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, a small nationwide engineering and information technology firm based in Arlington, VA. His clients include JPL/NASA, US Air Force and other major aerospace firms. He also serves as Vice President of Membership on the board for National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) San Gabriel Valley chapter. He has an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Satrang Legacy Award 2018
SASHA W. is a queer, South Asian, Sri Lankan with organizing roots and homes in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Madison and DC. Sasha just joined Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities as the Executive Director. Previously they were the Organizing Director Organizing Director at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, working to build the power of LGBTQ API communities towards a world where all queer and trans people of color can thrive. The core of Sasha’s work is a belief that we have what we need to win, that the margins of our communities will lead us towards liberation, that we can transform ourselves and our people to build real power, and that we must organize towards a world without borders, prisons or binaries. Sasha has also been part of a variety of organizing and political education projects including: South Asian Youth Movement, No Dane County Jail Coalition, VigilantLove, Asians for Black Lives, LASSI: Los Angeles Solidarity Summer Institute, Queer South Asian National Network, and more.
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- Hosting social and educational events
- Allyship trainings to build awareness of the LGBTQ South Asian and diasporic community
- Outreach at cultural, religious, LGBTQ+ festivals
- Translating resources into South Asian languages
- Creating a retreat for Desi queer and trans* youth
- Connecting members with local legal and social service resources
- Building local and national collaboration