Keshav Suri Foundation & It Gets Better India team participated at Delhi Queer Pride Parade 2018 on November 25Th. Dancing, smiling, holding hands and expressing love, the Delhi Queer Pride Parade witnessed thousand of queers celebrating freedom, first time since SC struck down Section 377; decriminalizing homosexuality.
Amidst the sounds of Dhol and slogans of Freedom, the parade culminated with a series of performances voraciously cheered by the audience. Indeed, it was a day of happiness, celebration, love and joy for Delhi’s Queer community to come together and find their strength and believe the fact that It does get better.
Manifesto on Trans Inclusion at Indian Workplace by Godrej
Manifesto on Trans Inclusion at Indian Workplace by Godrej:Keshav Suri Foundation as Community Partner also supported the launch of Manifesto for Trans Inclusion in the Indian Workplace. The event organized by Godrej India Culture Labs on December 13, 2018 witnesses the presence of eminent leaders from the corporate world. Nisaba Godrej, Keshav Suri and Radhika Piramal spoke about inclusivity being integral to their organisational values and pledged to further trans inclusivity.
Lab head Parmesh Shahani presented the highlights of the Manifesto - from the business case for LGBTQ inclusion to a trans hiring strategy, followed by a powerful panel featuring Abheena Aher from HIV/AIDS Alliance, Zainab Patel from the UNDP, Neelam Jain from Periferry, Pearl Daruwalla from The Humsafar Trust's Project TRANScend, and Anubhuti Banerjee from Tata Steel. Aditya Ghosh from OYO Homes and Hotels closed the evening with a heartfelt pledge to further trans inclusivity in his organisation.
Press4Change:Keshav Suri Foundation in partnership with the Love Matters India organized a Media workshop on December 16, 2018 to initiate a dialogue with the grassroot journalists of the country and to promote rights based and factual representation and depiction of the LGBTQ community.
The workshop highlighted the role of journalists to bring about a social change and highlighted the fact of them being the voices of unheard. Therefore, this brings a lot of responsibility on journalists as the fourth pillar to build a just society. The journalists attending the workshop came from a diverse background and were open to understand the community better and were enthusiastic to write about the issues of the LGBTQ community in their own areas. While some of them debated and denied the fact that the LGBTQ community must get acceptance in the country in the beginning, they eventually were able to grasp who the community is and its existence in India since centuries.
The workshop was conducted by Richa Vashista who is an experienced trainer on mental health and LGBTQ issues.
Pride Circle Meet Up: Pride Circle is an initiative to build a community of passionate individuals working in the space of LGBT+ inclusion.
December 22, 2018: Pride Circle Meet Up at Gurgaon
Mohul; Food and Beverage Associate and Kiara Narayan Iyer; PR Executive at The LaLiT New Delhi shared their coming out story and about their experiences at workplace. Richa Singh; Director, Startegic Planning and Programmes also shared the initiatives taken up by Keshav Suri Foundation & It Gets Better India till now to make it better for LGBTQ+ community in India.
About Deepak Kashyap: Deepak Kashyap is a wellness counsellor and life skills trainer with a freelance practise in person and online. He holds a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol, UK. He has been formally trained in advanced programs in REBT and CBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and attended the MBCT summer school program at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford, England.
He has conducted workshops in Dubai, the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Canada on various emotional wellbeing projects. He is a published columnist in national newspapers and magazines, and writes about issues related to sex, mental health, relationships, and emotional disturbances. He has appeared on various national and international news channels, talk shows, and debates, radio and newspapers, discussing emotional health and sexuality issues.