Are you a queer person looking for back-up and wondering where to find it? This back-up could be in any form. Perhaps what you need is expertise: a good doctor, lawyer, or therapist. Maybe what you’re looking for is community: a place to meet new people and make friends, or find love. Or maybe you’re looking for some cultural comfort: some nice reading material that discusses issues close to your heart, films that mirror your desires.
Or maybe you know someone else who’s looking for these things?
Here’s a list of resources from across India, online and offline, that you (or someone you know) might find helpful. And if you’d like to help us update it or add to it, do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of the groups and organisations on this list work on multiple areas, but we have arranged them according to some of their primary functions. These are arranged in the following sections (click on the title to jump to the section):
The groups in this section provide a substantial amount of support in the form of access to lawyers, doctors, mental health counsellors and psychiatrists, and help in emergency situations.
Naz Foundation (India) Trust
An organisation that works in the area of sexual health, it raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it, and also helps LGBTQ people with getting access to doctors, lawyers, and counselors.
Contact details: email@example.com, +11 2691 0499
Serves: Queer women
A body set up under the Naz Foundation that provides counseling and emergency response services to queer women.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, Helpline: +91 97176 77152 (Tue, Fri, 6-8pm)
The Humsafar Trust
Location: Mumbai and Delhi
One of the oldest organisations by and for the queer community, it works on a very wide range of issues including rights, health, research and training, counseling, and offers legal help and shelter to those who need it. It also offers counselling to families of queer people.
Contact details: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 11 4601 6699 (Delhi) +91 22 2667 3800 (Mumbai), +91 22 2665 0547 (Mumbai)
An offshoot of Humsafar Trust, this is a support group for lesbians, bisexual women and trans people. They provide access to mental health counselling and legal help, and even organise social events, get-togethers and an annual cricket tournament – the Queer Premier League!
Contact details: +91 99300 95856
Sappho for Equality
A group for lesbian, bisexual women, and trans-men rights. It provides a range of services including mental health counseling, legal aid, crisis intervention and a wide range of resources. It also organises events like film festivals and workshops to sensitise medical professionals and police. It also offers counselling to families of queer women and trans-men.
Website/social media: http://www.sapphokolkata.in
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 33 24419995, Helpline +91 98315 18320 (12 pm – 8 pm except Mondays)
Location: Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot
An organisation for the rights of gay and bisexual men, and trans-women. It raises awareness about AIDS and aims to prevent it from spreading, and provides legal services as well as a resource centre.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 265 2461340
Serves: Men who have sex with men (MSM), male to female trans
A community-based organisation that provides healthcare services and focuses on AIDS awareness and prevention. It also offers help during a crisis, and refers lawyers and doctors to hijras and other male-to-female trans persons in parts of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Website/social media: http://www.kolkatarista.org
Contact details: +91 33 3262 5651 , +91 93392 19696
Madhya Banglar Sangram
Serves: Hijra, Kothi, MSM
An organisation that supports trans, Hijra, Kothi and gay people in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. It provides information and counselling on gender, sexuality and sexual health, helps people find doctors, helps out during a crisis, and organises events like campaigns and theatre performances.
Website/social media: www.facebook.com/madhyabanglar.sangram.3
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 96798 53039
A human rights organisation that supports lesbians, bisexual women, trans men, asexual and intersex people in Kerala. It provides assistance in a crisis, organises pride marches, and provides information and resources.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/Sahayatrika-715674861851052
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 97449 55866 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 4-7 pm)
Location: Bangalore and Hassan
A resource centre on sexuality that has been involved in raising awareness about queer people and upholding their rights. It helps with access to counselors, conducts programmes on HIV prevention and even worked on a movie, which was released in 2012.
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 99729 03460
An organisation that works to provide queer people with access to doctors, lawyers, counsellors, and other services. It also helps organise events like film festivals and provide training on diversity to corporates, among other activities.
Website/social media: http://swabhava.org, https://www.facebook.com/SwabhavaBlr
An organisation that provides a safe space for gay men, MSM, hijras and trans-women and works to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it. It also facilitates access to healthcare, particularly for people living with HIV, and is involved in advocacy by engaging with the media, police, doctors, lawyers and so on.
Website/social media: http://www.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 712 2560376, +91 93256 32795
This organisation works on raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and preventing its spread. It also has a drop-in centre in Budhwar Peth which acts as a safe space where people can relax, watch TV, read, and seek counselling, and it facilitates STI testing and access to doctors and lawyers.
Website/social media: http://samapathik.org, https://www.facebook.com/Samapathik-Trust-Pune-140061432779100
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 97636 40480
Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)
Location: Several states across India
Serves: General population, LGBTQ+
HRLN provides a range of legal services to different communities, and a part of its work involves working with LGBTQ+ organisations and activists to provide legal assistance to those who cannot afford it.
Website/social media: https://hrln.org/initiatives/sexual-minority-rights, https://www.facebook.com/SLIC.HRLN
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 11 2437 4501
A therapy group in Mumbai for queer individuals run by two queer mental health professionals. They aim to provide mental health support and build emotional resilience in a queer-only group therapy setting. They’ve been running in Thane and aim to expand to other venues in Mumbai.
Contact details: email@example.com
This list is for groups involved in advocacy – which might involve investing in research, fighting legal battles on behalf of the community to establish LGBTQ+ rights, or promoting LGBTQ+ causes and raising awareness:
Serves: Genderqueer, gender variants, intersex, LGBTQ+
A students volunteer group that supports queer people in smaller towns in Tamil Nadu. It organises conferences, awareness and sensitisation programs, and facilitates counselling.
Website/social media: http://srishtimadurai.blogspot.com
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 90922 82369
Serves: LGBTQ+, sex workers
Provides support to sex workers and sexual minorities by offering fellowships and grants.
Website/social media: http://www.solidarityfoundation.in
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 80 4099 0154
The Kinky Collective
A group that raises awareness and conducts workshops about kink and BDSM, and issues related to it such as gender, sexuality, human rights, consent and safety. It is also a space for people who are not from the kink community to understand it better.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
A collective that offers support and space for culture and activism. It creates several kinds of helpful resources (and even a lovely photo archive!) – and organises events such as meet-ups, literary events and film festivals. The material and resources on its website are available in both English and Tamil.
Contact details: http://orinam.net/contact, email@example.com
A collective that helps raise awareness about queer issues and provides information and counselling on gender and sexuality to queer people in Assam. It also organises events like life-skills workshops, awareness campaigns and film festivals.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, Helpline: +91 97074 65672 (daily 3-8 pm)
A support group that aims to fight discrimination against queer people. It organises regular monthly meet-ups as well as pride walks, awareness campaigns and more.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/queerythm
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 97478 11406, Helpline: +91 97455 45559
The Queer Muslim Project
Serves: Queer muslims
An online platform that focuses on creating visibility and awareness about queer Muslim issues in India and South Asia.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thequeermuslimproject
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective
Serves: LBT persons
LABIA is a collective founded in 1995, that works on actions and campaigns around gender and sexuality with other queer and feminist groups, and movements working on democratic rights. It offers crisis support to queer women and transpersons, promotes creative expression through its publications, and conducts action research. Membership includes queer women, transmen, transwomen, genderqueer folx, and non-binary persons. It publishes a zine called SCRIPTS (more on this in the ‘Publications’ section below!)
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 70453 78196
Ondede: Dignity – Voice – Sexuality
A support and action group interested in the rights of children, women, and people from sexual minorities. It also speaks to corporates about employing trans people, sensitises lawyers, and holds awareness programmes in schools.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum (KSMF)
A state-wide group that highlights sexual minority rights.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ksmforum
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 93800 29552
An organisation that provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ people in Kerala and focuses on advocacy.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, Helpline: +91 80756 45060
These are groups that focus on community building, providing peer support and safe spaces.
Serves: Trans, intersex people
A group that aims to fight for social justice by creating a network of people and highlighting trans and intersex issues.
Contact details: https://sampoornaindiablog.wordpress.com/contact
A platform that aims to empower the community and hosts get-togethers and workshops. They can also facilitate access to medical or legal services in an emergency.
Contact details: email@example.com, m.me/harmless hugs
A queer feminist group that creates resources, organises training, mental health counselling, and community projects. It also organises events like film screenings, book launches, workshops and talks.
Website/social media: https://nazariyaqfrg.wordpress.com
Contact details: Nazariya.firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 72910 12585, Helpline: +91 7291012585 (Mon – Fri, 10 am – 6 pm)
Dumdum Swikriti Society
An organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It provides information and counselling on gender, sexuality and sexual health, and refers people to doctors and lawyers.
Contact details: email@example.com, Helpline: +91 94343 33642 (daily 10 am-12 pm and 5-9 pm) and +91 98317 43608 (7-10 pm weekdays, 10 am-7 pm weekends)
Provides emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Hooghly and Howrah districts of West Bengal. It also organises community clinics and events to raise awareness about AIDS and how to prevent it.
Website/social media: http://amitietrust.org
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 98748 71578
Serves: Bisexual, pansexual people
A resource and support group and safe space for people who are bisexual, bi+, bicurious and pansexual.
Contact details: email@example.com
Serves: Working class LGBTQ+
A trust that focuses on mental health care, ensuring livelihoods, and community media for working class sexuality minorities.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves: LGBTQ+ youth
An initiative of the Humsafar Trust, it is a 6,000-member-strong support group for young LGBTQ people. It provides resources and organises outings and social events, among other activities.
Contact details: email@example.com
A closed Facebook group for lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual women with she/they pronouns.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lbtw.chennai
Serves: Gay men
A group that aims to create a safe socio-cultural space for gay men. It organises events like kite-flying sessions or even parties at clubs, and also provides resources and support. It hosts meetings for families of gay men to accept and support their coming out.
All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association
An association that brings together people who are transgender and other queer people. It helps them access legal aid and social welfare schemes, and organises get-togethers and events to spread awareness about queer issues.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/AMANAMANIPUR
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTQ by Mist
An online collective that wants to celebrate being queer and build strength within the community. It is present in three cities: Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad, organises film and art festivals, talks and meet-ups, and has helped other LGBTQ organisations improve their online presence.
Contact details: email@example.com, +91 95523 56574
All Sorts of Queer (ASQ)
Serves: All queer people who are not cis-men
A support group and safe space. It encourages interaction and discussion on a private Facebook group.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 99451 64425, +91 99864 90315
A closed Facebook group for asexual people in Bangalore.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ace.bengaluru
Serves: Asexuals, partners of asexuals and allies
A website for asexuals with informations and resources, a community forum (that isn’t very active), and personal stories.
Sweekar: The Rainbow Parents
Serves: Parents of queer people
A support group for parents of LGBTQ people, to help one another accept their children’s sexuality.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/SweekarTheRainbowParents
Thane Queer Collective
A safe space for queer people that organises fun get-togethers like storytelling sessions and potlucks.
Website/social media: https://www.instagram.com/thanequeercollective,
Contact details: email@example.com
We’re Here and Queer! (WhaQ!)
Serves: Queer women
A support group for queer women. Holds meetings, social gatherings, and organises fitness groups.
Website/social media: http://whaq.blogspot.com/p/whaq-were-here-and-queer.html, https://www.facebook.com/whaqbangalore
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
It began as an online space for expression, and its blog has a number of articles that include personal stories, book reviews, poetry and fiction, and writing about what it’s like to be queer and desi. It also hosts offline events like film screenings and book readings, and publishes the Gaysi Zine (more on that in the ‘Publications’ section!).
Good As You
A queer support group that hosts a variety of activities from get-togethers (even a runner’s group), to health camps and literary events. They also offer counselling and support to families of queer people.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/goodasyoublr
Contact details: email@example.com
An online platform for Ahmedabad’s queer people, their families, and allies. It also hosts exciting events like monthly ‘Ask What You Will’ meetings.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/queerabad
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 6358 732 980
Ya-All The Youth Network
A youth network for arts, health, sports and education. It holds a variety of events – from fashion fests to workshops on leadership skills to sports meets.
Website/social media: https://www.instagram.com/ya.all.manipur
Contact details: email@example.com
An online group that organises meet-ups, holds sensitisation workshops for college staff, shoots short films, and hosts poetry and blogs.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
A platform for queer people and their allies who are interested in photography. Organises weekly competitions on Facebook, and holds walks and workshops on photography.
Contact details: email@example.com
Location: Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad
A support group that aims to create a safe space for queer youth and students to express themselves.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
These are groups on university/college/school campuses — formal or informal — that serve as support groups, safe spaces, and in some cases, lobby on behalf of queer students.
Ambar – IIT Kharagpur
An informal group to raise awareness on diversity in gender and sexuality at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur and support students who come out as queer. It also organises events like film screenings.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ambar.iitkgp/about/?ref=page_internal
Contact details: email@example.com
Orenda – IIT Gandhinagar
A club at the Gandhinagar campus of the Indian Institute of Technology that promotes conversation about gender and sexuality and hosts talks, performances, film screenings and workshops, among other events, and acts as a support group.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/www.OrendaGSC.iitgn
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quasi – IISc
A collective of queer people and allies that aims to raise awareness about gender and sexuality at the Indian Institute of Science.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/quasi.iisc
Contact details: email@example.com
Anchor – Gender and Sexuality Cell, BITS Pilani
A student community group that aims to encourage dialogue about gender and sexual orientation on the campus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AnchorBITSPilani
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queer and Ally Network in Manipal
Based in a university town, this group’s aim is to highlight queer voices and turn the town into a queer-friendly space.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheQueerAndAllyNetwork
Contact details: email@example.com
An initiative of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar under which students are sensitised about LGBTQ+ issues, watch films on the subject, participate in Pride events, and are made peer educators.
Gender and Sexuality Forum, NALSAR
An academic discussion group for conversations on issues ranging from sexual identity to sexual harassment and assault. It also hosts film screening and street theatre performances.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258104242031
Indradhanu – IIT Delhi
A support group for gender and sexuality minorities that advocates for their rights and pushed for a more inclusive campus.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/IndradhanuIITD
Saathi – IIT Bombay
A resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people that pushes for a more inclusive campus.
Website/social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/saathi.iitb
Blogs, newsletters, magazines and publishers.
An e-zine published in English and Hindi.
A print magazine self-published by the Gaysi Family, meant to reach people in smaller cities.
An English e-magazine devoted to promoting dialogue about gender and sexuality.
A print and digital publisher of queer stories in multiple languages.
A print magazine meant to bring the LGBTQ community together and articulate their rights.
Swakanthey (In Our Own Voice)
A print magazine published twice a year, in English and Bengali, by Sappho for Equality.
The Forbidden: Ek Xukia Dristanto
A multi-lingual print magazine published by Xukia to highlight the voices of queer people in north-east India. It can also be downloaded from Xukia’s website (which is currently not working).
A print journal published in English and Bengali by Dumdum Swikriti Society.
A feminist LGBTQ+ zine that provides a space for conversations.
Fifty Shades of Gay
An online portal that provides space to understand and explore discussion of LGBTQIA+ issues. It contains resources, personal stories, and more.
A zine brought out by LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective. You’ll find the latest issue here:
QUEER FRIENDLY COUNSELLORS
Nazariya, an organization from Delhi (mentioned in the Support Groups section) has started crowd-sourcing queer-friendly counsellors here.