Organisations in South Asia

Bangladesh

LGBT Bangladesh

http://lgbtbangladesh.wordpress.com/, lgbtbangladesh@gmail.com

Boys of Bangladesh

BoB has been working with the LGBT community of Bangladesh as an online Yahoo group since 2002 and now is a resource website for gay men in Bangladesh.

http://boysofbangladesh.org

Facebook Groups

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gay-Rights-For-Bangladesh/143772815678466

http://www.facebook.com/pages/LGBT-rights-in-Bangladesh/132348003467597

Nepal

Blue Diamond Society

The BDS works in Kathmandu with local communities and on a national level with the mission to improve the sexual health, human rights and well being of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal including  third-genders ,gay men, bisexuals, lesbian, and other men who have sex with men.

http://www.bds.org.np

Mitini Nepal

Works for the welfare and empowerment in Nepal.

http://www.mitininepal.org.np/index.php?cid=1

Pakistan

Organization for Protection & Propagation of Rights of Sexual Minorities

O Pakistan is a platform for the promotion of queer rights and queer empowerment in Pakistan. Our mission is to support, inform and empower the Pakistani LGBT/queer community to advocate for its own rights and autonomy, strive to eradicate homophobia and transphobia from Pakistani society, and create community and fellow-feeling.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Organization-for-Protection-Propagation-of-Rights-of-Sexual-Minorities/183845233491

INFO@OPPRSM.ORG

Queer Friendly Pakistan

This is forum for all those people who support LGBT rights and believe that every one has a right to live life the way one wants to be.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/159986804073724/

Humanist Blog

A blog created on the humanist lines and advocates: 1:Humanism 2:Sexual Freedom 3:Islamic Reformation. 3:Secularization of different societies,particularly Pakistan. 4:Creating peace in this world through debates,talks and mutual intertests than guns,suicide bombings,insulting other religion(myhumanistblog.blogspot.com advocates religious criticism). 5:And Last but not the Least all the rights enshrined in UDHR(Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

http://myhumanistblog.blogspot.com/

Sri Lanka

Equal Ground

EQUAL GROUND is a non profit organization seeking human and political rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community of Sri Lanka.

http://www.equal-ground.org/

Women’s Support Group- Sri Lanka

The Women’s Support Group is the first women’s group in Sri Lanka to dedicate itself to issues of lesbians, bisexual women and transgendered persons (LBT) in the country. As such, the WSG reaches out to all women who struggle for the free expression of their sexuality.

http://www.wsglanka.com

Companions on a Journey

Formed in 1995, Companions on a Journey (COJ) is the organization which pioneered addressing the issues related to LGBT rights in Sri Lanka.

http://www.salgbtnetwork.org/partnerhome.php?pid=12

India

This section is broken down according to cities.

INFOSEM – The India Network for Sexual Minorities is a collective national effort by sexual minorities to ensure equality for themselves in all spheres of life, free from discrimination.

http://www.infosem.org/

Bangalore

Alternative Law Forum

Legal advice and other legal services; Library and other resources on a range of human rights issues;  Contact with other LGBT groups if need be; Opportunities to volunteer and/or intern in the organizations activities.

contact@altlawforum.org

www.altlawforum.org

Sangama

Clinical Services, Drop-in centres; Legal and Advocacy Support; Library24x7 crisis intervention.

www.sangama.org

LesBit

Support group and helpline for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.

Crisis helpline no: 99450-90301 and 99016-82151

www.sangama.org

WHAQ (We are here and Queer)

Support group meetings for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.

http://www.whaq.blogspot.com/

Good As You

Support group. Regular meetings on Thurdays and Sundays.

http://www.goodasyou.in/?page_id=2

Swabhava

Film screenings at Swabhava office every Saturday night; Sahaya telephone helpline on weekdays: 080-22230959

www.swabhava.org

Sanghamitra

The magazine covers a range of issues, events and opinions of interest to the LGBT community of India. It will be published in July, October, January and April. An annual print edition would be released during the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (tentative) during February-March each year.

http://www.goodasyou.in/sanghamitra/

Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba

Organised by CSMR (Campaign for Sexuality Minorities Rights), which is a coalition of many LGBTQ and allied groups and individuals, mainly based in Bengaluru.

http://www.bangalorepride.com

Hyderabad

Prathibimb

Film screenings,  Online Blog, Cultural events, List serv.

Email: prathibimb@googlegroups.com

Contact: Andy Silveira (silveiraandy@gmail.com )

Chennai (Madras)

Orinam

Orinam.net, initiated in October 2006,  is a bilingual – Tamil and English – website with information on alternate sexualities and genders.

http://orinam.net

Center for Counselling
Founded by Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Center for Counselling’s mission is to serve as a resource for individuals and organizations by providing short-term, culturally- sensitive counseling, training, consultation,and other collaborative and programmatic services related to counseling.
Center for Counselling runs
* Support group meetings for parents and families of LGBT people
* Group therapy sessions for LGBT folks and
* Provides crisis counselling support for LGBT people
http://www.centerforcounselling.org

Chennai Dost (CD)
Chennai Dost is one of the largest community based organisation for Lesbian, Gay and bisexuals in South India since 2008. It has the largest network of more than 3000 people. Their aim is to create social space for Gay, lesbian and bisexuls. And support issues related to LGB community. They regularly conduct gay parties, movie screenings, social meetups etc. Apart from this they have organised several campaigns to create awareness on HIV Testing, Gay Extortion, Homphobia etc They have created a Youth wing to help LGBTQ student form Queer units in their campuses to support each other. They have recently organised Chennai’s First ever Gay Art/Photo Exhibition to exhibit Gay/bisexual lifestyle. Apart from this they are launching South Indian Gay Lifestyle hardcover magazine in 2012.                                                                                                                                                  Website: www.chennaidost.com                                                                                                                       Blog:www.chennai-dost.blogspot.com                                                                                                          Facebook: www.facebook.com/chennaidos                                                                                               Contact email: pr.chennaidost@gmail.co                                                                                                 Phone: 95516 30213

Lotus
Lotus Integrated AIDS Awareness Sangam, founded in 2000, is a membership organization that supports men who have sex with men in Kumbakonam and surrounding villages in Tamil Nadu. Lotus works with about 1,500 members, organizing membership meetings, providing counseling, and undertaking advocacy efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination and HIV transmission. Lotus is one of the few community-run groups in India working with men who have sex with men in rural and semi-urban areas.
http://villagelotus.wordpress.com

MP/Orinam.net
MP provides a non-sexual support space for lesbian/gay /bi/transgender (LGBT) people located in, or with roots in Chennai. MP is primarily an online group, but local members meet up periodically and conduct events in partnership with other collectives. Started in December 2003, MP has touched many lives and has given a strong sense of belonging and support to its members. MP runs Orinam.net, a bilingual resource website (Tamil and English) with information and resources on alternate sexualities and genders.
Website: http://orinam.net
Mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/movenpick

Sahodari Foundation
Sahodari Foundation is a transgender rights group based in TamilNadu.Founded by transgender rights activist Kalki Subramaniam, Sahodari works for social, political and economic equality for transgender people and campaigns for transgender civil and legal rights. Sahodari transforms underprivileged transgender women as young leaders and professionals by providing them training in arts, media and software skills. Sahodari’s Liberation Performing Arts Troupe is the first of its kind in Asia.
http://www.sahodari.org

Sahodaran
Sahodaran is one of the oldest community-based organizations for men who have sex with men (MSM) in India. It partners with the Tamil Nadu state government AIDS program to implement HIV prevention and community health promotion activities in Chennai, and has also spawned similar organizations in Cuddalore and Pondicherry. It is well known for mid-media cultural programming through events that employ arts, music and dance to raise awareness of the public on issues of sexuality and sexual health.

Sangama
Sangama is a sexuality minorities human rights organization for individuals oppressed due to their sexual preference. Sangama aims to help live their lives with self acceptance, self respect and dignity. Sangama especially emphasize the concerns of sexuality minorities from poor and/or non-English speaking backgrounds and sexuality minority sex workers, who otherwise have little to no access to information and resources. Founded in 1999, Sangama operates in Bangalore and Chennai.
http://sangama.org

The Shakti Resource Center
The Shakti Resource Center is a collective of activists, performers, academics and everyday revolutionaries who are creating a public dialogue on gender and sexuality in Chennai. Its mission is to create a sustained public dialogue around issues of gender and sexuality through the use of fine, performing and technology-based art works as a medium of outreach and tools for community building.
http://www.shakticenter.org

Social Integration and Development for Aravanis (SIDA) Foundation
Founded by Priya Babu, SIDA Foundation works for the upliftment of the transgender community by helping transgender persons submit application forms for the survey conducted by government personnel, enroll in special self-help groups [SHGs], submit demands to the Collector at the special public grievances meetings and represent their cases in the Aravani welfare board.

Social Welfare Association for Men (SWAM)
Founded by B. Sekar, the first activist to come out as HIV positive and gay in India, SWAM runs support groups and serves as a drop-in centre for MSM, gay, bisexual, and HIV positive men.
http://www.infosem.org/swam.htm

South India AIDS Action Programme (SIAAP)
SIAAP is a not-for-profit organization working for HIV prevention and care in India. SIAAP’s projects include support for community development, counseling for informed choices, advocacy for progressive policies, and training to build capacity for change. SIAAP works towards appropriate responses for a socially safer environment for people affected by/vulnerable to HIV such as Women Selling Sex, Men who have Sex with Men and People Living with HIV and AIDS. SIAAP’s experience over the years has led to its recognition as a capacity development organisation, with NACO, TNSACS, APAC, UNICEF, WHO, CDC, FHI, NIMHANS, and KHPT among many other NGOs & CBOs.
http://www.siaapindia.org

Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII)
Founded in 2000,SAATHII strengthens and scales up the capacity of organizations working against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India. Included in its mandate is support to efforts of LGBT groups to strengthen communities and advocate for their health and rights. Headquartered in Chennai, SAATHII has programs in eight states in India.
http://www.saathii.org

Transgender Rights Association
Transgender Rights Association was set up in the year 2007 by Ms. R. Jeeva. It aims to protect the rights of Transgenders in Tamil Nadu, enhance services for HIV positive transgender individuals visiting the government hospitals in Chennai, India, advocate with the medical establishment for appropriate and sensitive care, and educate HIV positive transgenders on treatment issues.
http://traindia.com

New Delhi (Delhi)

Voices Against 377

A coalition of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) and progressive groups based in Delhi. It is a point of intersection and dialogue between various social movements that these groups represent, where a united voice is being articulated against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes adult and consensual sexual acts deemed to be against the order of nature.

http://www.voicesagainst377.org

Naz Foundation (India) Trust

Drop in centres; medical care for HIV/AIDS; advocacy; resources

http://www.nazindia.org/

TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues)

TARSHI works towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives in an effort to enable them to enjoy lives of dignity, freedom from fear, infection and reproductive and sexual health problems.

TARSHI runs a helpline, conducts trainings and institutes, develops publications, participates in public awareness and education initiatives, and provides technical support for advocacy initiatives.

www.tarshi.net

Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA)

CREA is a feminist, human rights organisation based in New Delhi. CREA promotes and advances women’s human rights and sexual rights of all people by strengthening feminist leadership, organisations and movements; influencing global and national advocacy; creating information, knowledge and scholarship and; changing public attitudes and practices.

www.creaworld.org

Nirantar

Actively involved with the women’s movement and other democratic rights movements, Nirantar brings concerns central to these movements into its educational work.

www.nirantar.net

Saheli

An integral part of the autonomous women’s movement in India, Saheli continues today as a non-funded feminist collective, working on volunteer power, individual donations, the solidarity of friends and supporters, and of course, the strength of our convictions. We believe our work contributes towards the creation of an egalitarian society where women and men can live with courage, justice and hope.

https://sites.google.com/site/saheliorgsite/

Jagori

JAGORI (‘AWAKEN, WOMEN’) is a women’s training, documentation, communication and resource centre that was established in 1984 with the aim of carrying feminist consciousness to a wider audience using creative media.

http://jagori.org/

Nigah Media Collective

Nigah is a non-funded queer collective that works on issues of gender and sexuality. Apart from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, they understand queer to be any identity, politics or process that challenges dominant norms. Based in Delhi since 2003, they try to create inclusive and safe queer spaces using media, workshops and discussions. They organise events each month and entry to all the events is free.

http://nigahdelhi.blogspot.com/

Nigah also organises QueerFest, Delhi’s annual celebration of queerness.

www.thequeerfest.com

Queer Campus

QueerCampus is a Delhi based independent queer student and youth collective active since 2010. We use the term queer to refer not just to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, but to any identity or outlook which questions stereotypes. We provide a comfortable space to meet new people, discuss everything and anything – from coming out to breaking-up, the latest queer film to plans of changing the World – or offer a shoulder to cry on and friends to celebrate with! QC organizes events which are free and open to all.

http://queercampusonline.blogspot.com

Delhi Queer Pride

Delhi Queer Pride Committee, a space for queer and queer-supportive individuals based in Delhi who collectively organise annual Queer Pride celebrations and events in the Indian capital.

http://www.delhiqueerpride.blogspot.com/

Bombay

LABIA (Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action)

Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action (LABIA), formerly known as Stree Sangam, is a Bombay-based autonomous, non-funded, voluntary collective of lesbian and bisexual women and transpersons, with a focus on queer and feminist activism.

www.labiacollective.org

GayBombay

Gaybombay is a self-evolving informal group, a product of like-minded gay people from Mumbai (mainly, but not totally) coming together in good faith to create a safe space for men who are romantically and sexually attracted to men.

www.gaybombay.org

Humsafar Center

Serving the spectrum of MSM and TG community since 1994, with a holistic approach to the rights and health of sexual minorities and promoting rational attitudes to sexuality.

www.humsafar.org

Queer Azaadi

Website of Bombay Pride

http://queerazaadi.wordpress.com/

Kolkata (Calcutta)

 Sappho for Equality

Our vision is a society free of sexuality-based discriminations, where rights of the sexual minorities will be ensured. The mission of our organization is to address the issues of sexually marginalized women in our society and to broaden the struggle for democracy for their equal rights, within the nation-state and beyond.

http://sapphokolkata.org/

SAATHII

Envisions a concerted response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.

http://www.saathii.org/new/

Pratyay Gender Trust

pratyaygendertrust@yahoo.co.in

Pune

Prayathna

Movie screenings, monthly picnics, panels and discussion forums

https://www.facebook.com/groups/prayatnapune/

Contact: moderator_prayatna@yahoo.com

Birds of a Feather

BOAF is a Pune-based non-profit support group, aiming to bring people together to form a community and establish a foundation for the Queer Community in Pune.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Birds-of-a-Feather/132601896794116?sk=info

boaf.pune@gmail.com

Open Space

The Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS) is a social change resource centre focusing on the research and communication of information for change.

CCDS uses communication tools and processes to inform, initiate and inspire change in societal attitudes and public policy. Our activities are designed to strengthen civil society by promoting a deeper understanding of issues related to sustainable development, justice, equity and rights.

http://www.ccds.in/index.htm

Sampathik

Samapathik Trust is a men’s sexual health organization which primarily works on LGBT
(Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Issues. The trust was founded by three members of
the LGBT community on 11th September 2002 in Pune.

http://samapathiktrust.wordpress.com/

Thissur

Sahayatrika

Support Group for lesbians and bisexual women.

sahayatrika@gmail.com

Akota (Gujarat)

Parma

Parma is a support group for same sex relationships amongst women; lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender.  Based within Vikalp (Women’s Group) premises, working closely with the organization. It is the only group in the State that addresses issues of women’s same sex relationships

http://parmalgbtgroup.org/

One Response to Organisations in South Asia

  1. Good work in compiling a list of NGOs and civil societies who are united to act for Queer issues.

    Kind regards
    Maheswar

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