Significant Initiatives

The Gender Park

The Gender Park is an innovative initiative of the Department of Social Justice, Government of Kerala, India, with an aim to create a unifying platform for its initiatives towards gender equity. Address: A-17 Brahmins Colony Lane Thiruvananthapuram, India 695005 https://www.facebook.com/thegenderpark/ http://www.genderpark.gov.in/?

Bindu Queer Seed Fund Initiative

I, Bindumadhav Khire the founder of Samapathik Trust am taking a tiny step in this direction towards self-reliance and self-empowerment as I step into the 50th year on my birthday falling on 21st June 2017. Starting today I am starting the “BINDUMADHAV KHIRE QUEER GRANT”. I will donate a minimum of 1 lakh Rs. every year for a minimum of 15 years to be used for giving small grants to other organizations or groups working on LGBTI empowerment in India.” Source

Diwali Lonely Hearts Dinner

It is seen that during Festivals like Diwali (or Christmas in the US/Europe) lonely LGBTI community members are more prone to depression. So Samapathik Trust, Pune has yearly tradition (from 2012) for those lonely LGBTI community members (and non-community members too) who are not going to their homes (for whatever reason) to celebrate Diwali. Samapathik Trust invites them for a get-together Diwali Dinner. (Source)

Bold Transgender Modeling Agency

The agency is the brain child of Rudrani Chettri, a Delhi-based transgender activist and head of Mitr Trust. “The idea came out of a feeling of frustration as I saw many young beautiful transgenders who are made to feel ugly from a young age. I was one of them,” says Chettri. (Source) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/boldtransmodels/

GHAR घर Gay Housing Assistance Resource گھر

G.H.A.R., (Gay Housing Assistance Resource) which means ‘home’ in many Indian languages. It is a FREE all-India location-based, short-, medium- and long-term accommodation resource bulletin board for LGBTIQ people and allies who are or plan to be renters, roommates, flatmates or owners in India. Keeping up with the evolution of the internet,the group has moved from started on E-groups (1998), moved to Yahoogroups (2001) and then to Facebook (2012). (Source)

101 Coming Out Stories from India

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It publishes coming out stories from members of LGBTAIQ+ community & Allies from India. Its voices of individuals from diverse backgrounds on their story of being their authentic self. Source
Website: http://101comingoutstories.in/

Samanwaya Programme

A first of its kind in the country launched by Kerala’s state Literacy Mission, as many as 145 transgenders are attending classes across the state and are preparing for the Classes IV, VII, X and higher secondary equivalency exams. Read more

Kudumbashree Ayalkoottam

In an effort to bring transgender persons in the district together and encourage them to take up entrepreneurial ventures, the Malappuram district Kudumbashree Mission has launched two exclusive units popularly called as Ayalkoottam (neighbourhood group). The mission provides awareness and skill training to equip them to launch their own ventures. Read more.

QAMRA

The Queer Archive for Memory Reflection and Activism is a multimedia archival project which aims to chronicle and preserve the stories of communities marginalised on the basis of gender and sexuality in India. https://qamra.in/

Pink List India

Pink List India is the country’s first archive of politicians supporting LGBTQIA+ rights. Situated at the intersection of politics, queerness, and technology, we aim to push for accountability and transparency from our elected representatives. https://www.pinklistindia.com/ https://twitter.com/pinklistindia

The Chinky Homo Project

Digital and print queer anthology of Northeast India https://thechinkyhomoproject.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TCHP-Digital-and-Print-Queer-Anthology-of-northeast-India-256800974973465/

Safe Access

It is a community-led initiative by Qequal Foundation, based in Delhi. They work at the intersection of health and technology to enable equitable healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community in India. https://www.facebook.com/followsafeaccess/ http://www.safeaccess.co.in