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Swabhava LGBTQIA+ Support Services

Swabhava (estd. 1999) works to provide access to support services for people who are identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, hijra, asexual and other gender and sexuality minorities (LGBTQIA+).  Over the years, Swabhava has provided LGBT people access to a wide range of services including health, legal, social support, and others. Some Bangalore-based support groups for LGBT people use our office for meetings and workshops. 

 
As one of Bangalore’s many NGOs working with and exploring intersections between sexuality, gender, health and mental health, ethics, masculinities and more, Swabhava has offered counselling to hundreds of individuals as well as trained hundreds of counsellors, doctors, lawyers, outreach workers, HIV-work NGOs, mainstream development NGOs and so on. We also helped set up the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (2009). We also help organise Pride events, particularly on mental health and also supporting parents of LGBTQIA+ every year in November. 

Alongside this, we provide training support on diversity inclusion policies within corporates. We are also involved in action-based research projects covering essential areas such as health and mental health among LGBT people as well as advocacy and awareness of LGBT issues.

Currently, we are raising funds to continue our work against discrimination in the health sector. Swabhava's first project, the SAHAYA Helpline, in its almost two decades of existence has provided counselling services for thousands of LGBT people. We have also collected over the years, a growing list of LGBT-friendly general and mental health professionals, including for HIV and AIDS specialisation. 

All of SAHAYA, and Swabhava's work, has been non-funded and dependent on donations. You can help us sustain this work by donating to our cause.

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2nd September 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support you have shown towards this campaign. Here is an update to inform you all about the recent activities that we have carried out.

Swabhava Trust has its offices in Sampangiramnagar, Bangalore. The current activities are the SAHAYA Counselling Services through the SAHAYA Helpline, Research Report (Book) on Healthcare Discrimination experienced by non-normative genders and sexualities in South India, Advocacy for diversity and inclusion (D&I) programmes in the corporate spaces, and education/awareness building on LGBTQIA+ communities for youth.

Since the initial days of the pandemic, the offices have been closed but work carries on in the residences of Vinay Chandran, Executive Director and Managing Trustee.  Phone calls have been redirected (forwarded) to a BSNL mobile number and received around 115 counselling requests in this period and included requests for crisis resolution (including finding accommodation and jobs for transgender women trapped in the lockdown without resources, lesbian couples seeking legal and other assistance to prevent violence against them from their families, gay men requesting legal assistance after being assaulted or extorted or blackmailed, and gay men being pressured to marriage and requiring assistance to prevent family violence against them).

The research report is being written up and we are hopeful to publish it as a book in the coming year. Both the D&I programme (mainly in June, celebrated as Pride Month around the world) and the education/awareness building (in April and May) was conducted online through Zoom, Microsoft Team and Google Meet/Duo apps.

There is a long list of payments that are being made every month. Despite not using the office, we are continuing to pay rent of INR 13,125. Besides this, we pay an average of INR 400 towards BSNL, approximately INR 1,200 towards ACT Broadband (office line has been disconnected and only residence line is being paid for due to work-from-home), an average of INR 400 towards BESCOM (even during lockdown), a salary/honorarium depending on availability of funds etc.

The last day for payment for each of the utilities is spread across the month. The withdrawal of funds is only done when the payment dates near. Roughly INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 is usually withdrawn every week depending on the payments being met.

We have transferred funds to the Swabhava current account as well as the personal bank account of Vinay Chandran. The recent withdrawal of ₹10,000 will be transferred to the bank account of Vinay Chandran, which will be used to take care of these payments.

We thank all of you once again for the love and support that you have shown for this campaign.
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support you have shown towards this campaign. Here is an update to inform you all about the recent activities that we have carried out.

Swabhava Trust has its offices in Sampangiramnagar, Bangalore. The current activities are the SAHAYA Counselling Services through the SAHAYA Helpline, Research Report (Book) on Healthcare Discrimination experienced by non-normative genders and sexualities in South India, Advocacy for diversity and inclusion (D&I) programmes in the corporate spaces, and education/awareness building on LGBTQIA+ communities for youth.

Since the initial days of the pandemic, the offices have been closed but work carries on in the residences of Vinay Chandran, Executive Director and Managing Trustee.  Phone calls have been redirected (forwarded) to a BSNL mobile number and received around 115 counselling requests in this period and included requests for crisis resolution (including finding accommodation and jobs for transgender women trapped in the lockdown without resources, lesbian couples seeking legal and other assistance to prevent violence against them from their families, gay men requesting legal assistance after being assaulted or extorted or blackmailed, and gay men being pressured to marriage and requiring assistance to prevent family violence against them).

The research report is being written up and we are hopeful to publish it as a book in the coming year. Both the D&I programme (mainly in June, celebrated as Pride Month around the world) and the education/awareness building (in April and May) was conducted online through Zoom, Microsoft Team and Google Meet/Duo apps.

There is a long list of payments that are being made every month. Despite not using the office, we are continuing to pay rent of INR 13,125. Besides this, we pay an average of INR 400 towards BSNL, approximately INR 1,200 towards ACT Broadband (office line has been disconnected and only residence line is being paid for due to work-from-home), an average of INR 400 towards BESCOM (even during lockdown), a salary/honorarium depending on availability of funds etc.

The last day for payment for each of the utilities is spread across the month. The withdrawal of funds is only done when the payment dates near. Roughly INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 is usually withdrawn every week depending on the payments being met.

We have transferred funds to the Swabhava current account as well as the personal bank account of Vinay Chandran. The recent withdrawal of ₹10,000 will be transferred to the bank account of Vinay Chandran, which will be used to take care of these payments.

We thank all of you once again for the love and support that you have shown for this campaign.
3rd August 2020
Continuing telephone counselling services during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Linking community members who call with shelters and organisations who supported them.
Continuing telephone counselling services during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Linking community members who call with shelters and organisations who supported them.
9th July 2020
Thank you for your support for so long. The pandemic crisis has affected everyone's work in many ways. Our particular work, comprising of providing mental health support gets prioritised in such times. In order to continue to provide our services free of cost to a majority of the community members who reach out to us, we have to raise funds to pay for all utilities and rent and other expenses. We hope that extending the duration of the fundraiser will help us meet our target and allow us to survive through these tough times with your support. Thank you all for your generosity.

Thank you for your support for so long. The pandemic crisis has affected everyone's work in many ways. Our particular work, comprising of providing mental health support gets prioritised in such times. In order to continue to provide our services free of cost to a majority of the community members who reach out to us, we have to raise funds to pay for all utilities and rent and other expenses. We hope that extending the duration of the fundraiser will help us meet our target and allow us to survive through these tough times with your support. Thank you all for your generosity.

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Goal: Rs.10,000

Beneficiary: Swabhava info_outline