A workshop for lawyer on lesbian and gay issues

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

A Mumbai based community organisation- The Humsafar Trust in collaboration with the APIC and Dehradun bar association (DBA) has orgnaised a sensitation workshop for lawyers on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

During workshop they discussed various aspects of sexuality, different terms of LGBT community and violence and harassment faced by members of the community due to section 377.

The Humsafar Trust is conducting regional programmes in 29 states to address the impact and vulnerability to HIV of men, who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender populations in the region. Their objective was to enhance access to social justice through awareness and capacity development of government (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary) as well as of civil society organisations.

The trust assistant programme manager Tinesh Chopade said “The region is made up of different systems of political, economic and historical backgrounds. These diverse institutional and socio-political contexts results in different levels of development and implementation of human rights. Hence this is our first step to create healthy and sensitive environment so that an LGBT person can raise his/her concerns.”

Madhvi Osta from APIC said, “It is extremely important for us to work in smaller regions, because there are community members in towns with extreme fear. Hoping that these workshop would help them to raise their voice with the judiciary without fear and this will also support us to win the battle of Section 377 in Supreme Court.”

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