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School and College time is the time for major crushes, identity evaluation and all that goes with it. One needs to be assured of the best support in campus, as much as at home. We spend most of our time either at work or at school. Truth be told, we get home mostly only to sleep or to have an occasional vacation with family. It, therefore, becomes extremely important that our second family – which comprises of school authorities, college staff, bosses and colleagues are helpful. Well, that also helps in bringing down cases of abuse and suicide. The very thought that you will not be judged for who you are or who you love, is a welcome relief. What more do you need at the time when your hormones are doing a disco and tango in full swing. School and College time is the time for major crushes, identity evaluation and all that goes with it. One needs to be assured of the best support in campus, as much as at home. Here is a list of some remarkable educational institutions who have gender/sexuality support groups.
Tagore international school is one of the premier schools in Delhi. This is substantiated by the fact that they have a very active LGBTIQ support group that blogs, tweets, organises events, and even walks the pride. “Breaking Barriers” is the name of the group. Quite literally so.
Active Group : Breaking Barriers
Contact person: Gaurav Kumar
Dhanak is the queer group from JNU that is active in sharing important information, debates, hosting events all to keep the conversation afloat. Dhanak means ‘rainbow’ wherein seven colours stand for multiplicity of identities—queer identities, to be precise.
Active Group: Dhanak
IIT Bombay’s Saathi is one of the most proactive groups when it comes to LGBTIQ advocacy by an institute. Besides organising events at their campus, they come up with regular events and youtube series to cut across linguistic barriers.
The sprawling campus of IIT Khagragpur is bustling with energy. They have a very active LGBT group called “Ambar.” Ambar has hosted Queer Film Festivals and has also invited the queer community for interactions with the student community.
QAGAAR (Queer And Gender Advancement Alliance Roorkee) is the queer and gender support group in IIT Roorkee. “Come join us as we stand on the verge of a promising future” reads their facebook page.
Active Group : Qagaar
Orenda at IIT Gandhinagar aims to achieve an all inclusive campus for people of different identities that fall on the gender and sexuality spectrum. Orenda means a supernatural force believed by the Iroquois Indians to be present, in varying degrees, in all objects or persons, and to be the spiritual force by which human accomplishment is attained or accounted for.
Active Group: Orendra – Gender and Sexuality Club
Indradhanu is the Sexuality And Gender Diversity Support Group of Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi that is committed to serving the needs of LGBT & questioning students by creating a “positive space” for LGBTQ people to discover and come to terms with themselves in a safe, comforting and confidential environment.
Anchor is BITS Pilani’s initiative for starting the dialogue on sexuality. Their motto in their facebook page summarises the intent of the group – “Here’s hoping that this small effort will create a difference; with the realization that if this forum helps even one person in any which way, we can all revel in the joy of setting ourselves on this daunting task of changing the mindsets of thousands of students and faculty and consider it a job well done.”
Active Group: Anchor
This article was originally published on GaysiFamily.com and has been reproduced here with permission.