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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 identities (LGBTQIA+).  Over the years, Swabhava has provided LGBT people access to a wide range of services including for health, legal, social support, and others. A few Bangalore-based support groups for LGBT people use our office for meetings and workshops. More details can be found on http://swabhava.org. 

 
As one of Bangalore’s many NGOs working with and exploring intersections between sexuality, gender, health and mental health, Swabhava started work by setting up the SAHAYA Helpline Services, which has offered counselling to thousands of individuals and also trained hundreds of counsellors, doctors, lawyers, other NGOs etc. We also helped set up the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (2009), help organise Pride events, particularly on mental health and supporting parents of LGBTQIA+ every year in November. SAHAYA Telephone Helpline (call 91-80-22230959) has offered free telephonic counselling for over 20 years now.  We also provide training support on diversity inclusion policies, are involved in action-based research projects in areas such as discrimination, medicalisation and mental health among LGBTQIA+ people etc. We are also involved in advocacy for human rights.

All of our work, has been non-funded and dependent entirely on donations. You can help us sustain this work by donating to our cause. Please contact us for more information on swabhavatrust@gmail.com

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15th October 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you once again for all the support you have shown us at Swabhava. Here is a quick update.

The offices are still closed but work carries on through online meetings and phone counselling sessions.  We've received around 50 counselling calls and a few emails with requests for resources for transgender surgeries, handling family pressures to get married, relationships crises and other issues. The calls that stand out are about clients who've lost money (lakhs of rupees) to fraudsters claiming to be friends who've been arrested at the Delhi Airport with excess foreign exchange and needing an Indian friend to bail them out of customs officers custody. We are working with lawyers and local support groups to see how we can help these clients/callers. We are also contacting dating applications to see if they can do something to prevent these kind of exchanges, since most of these individuals are introduced to the fraudsters on their apps.

Also participated in online discussions: on the national education policy and it's impact on LGBT+ communities--with Bangalore University; and on adolescents and sexuality conversations with parents to learn how to handle various sexual health dialogues within families--with Dr Shekhar Seshadri from NIMHANS. A few awareness trainings for college students from a couple of schools and colleges are in schedule for the end of October, more details of that will follow.

As usual, despite not using the office, we are continuing to pay rent, BSNL landline bills (counselling helpline), Broadband for WFH, BESCOM, a salary/honorarium depending on availability of funds etc.

Do let us know if you need to know more details. And spread the word, there is a lot of work that is beginning anew that needs a lot of support from all of you.

Thank you,

Vinay Chandran
Dear Supporters,

Thank you once again for all the support you have shown us at Swabhava. Here is a quick update.

The offices are still closed but work carries on through online meetings and phone counselling sessions.  We've received around 50 counselling calls and a few emails with requests for resources for transgender surgeries, handling family pressures to get married, relationships crises and other issues. The calls that stand out are about clients who've lost money (lakhs of rupees) to fraudsters claiming to be friends who've been arrested at the Delhi Airport with excess foreign exchange and needing an Indian friend to bail them out of customs officers custody. We are working with lawyers and local support groups to see how we can help these clients/callers. We are also contacting dating applications to see if they can do something to prevent these kind of exchanges, since most of these individuals are introduced to the fraudsters on their apps.

Also participated in online discussions: on the national education policy and it's impact on LGBT+ communities--with Bangalore University; and on adolescents and sexuality conversations with parents to learn how to handle various sexual health dialogues within families--with Dr Shekhar Seshadri from NIMHANS. A few awareness trainings for college students from a couple of schools and colleges are in schedule for the end of October, more details of that will follow.

As usual, despite not using the office, we are continuing to pay rent, BSNL landline bills (counselling helpline), Broadband for WFH, BESCOM, a salary/honorarium depending on availability of funds etc.

Do let us know if you need to know more details. And spread the word, there is a lot of work that is beginning anew that needs a lot of support from all of you.

Thank you,

Vinay Chandran
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.
Rs.202,254 raised

Goal: Rs.550,000

Beneficiary: Swabhava info_outline

Supporters (70)

SG
Sandeep donated Rs.10,000
D
Dakshin donated £14

Dear Vinay, from this month onwards. I will love to contribute every month from my savings.

A
Aadya donated Rs.1,000

You are important ♥️

SD
S donated Rs.5,000
SA
South donated Rs.13,366
RA
Ritika donated Rs.1,000

Thanks for doing all you do :)