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College students support LGBT community

Group of college students form support group for LGBT community, spearhead campaign and initiatives for sensitisation.

mumbai Updated: Dec 29, 2011 13:23 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

Last week, a group of 80 people gathered in a hall in Bandra. For some of the attendees, it was a crucial moment as they attempted to reveal a detail, personal, but something they’d like others to know.

Initiated by a group of six TYBMM students from Wilson College, who are spearheading a campaign against stigmatisation of homosexuality, the discussion, titled PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians), saw individuals coming out of the closet and talking about their
sexual orientation with family and friends.

“A few individuals were accompanied by their parents. A major point of discussion was how it is more difficult to come of the closet to your family than to your friends,” says Alisha Sharma, who was joined by her classmates Tusha Mathews, Alisha Sequeira, Nikita Saha, Maliha Patel and Anu Singh in this cause, which they call Living Outside The Closet (LOTC).

From January 3 to 5, LOTC will hold a series of public activations at busy areas such as Churchgate station and Kala Ghoda.

“We will be staging interactive street plays to raise awareness about the taboo issue,” says she, adding, “Recently, we held an awareness event at Carter Road. It received excellent response in terms of performers as well as people who stopped by to take note.”

The event included performances by Agnee member Mohan Kannan, singer Monali Thakur and beatboxer Avinash Tiwari and talks by filmmaker Onir and activist Harish Iyer.

The group has also tied up with NGOs Point Of View, Labia and Kranti for their ongoing events.

Living Outside The Closet will stage street plays at Churchgate station and Kala Ghoda, from January 3 to 5.

For details, call 9967028640

First Published: Dec 29, 2011 13:01 IST