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“The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” 
– Audre Lorde

What does it truly mean to be free? Even though being free looks different to everyone, is it something that we can all achieve? August was a month of introspection for us here at the Keshav Suri Foundation. 

From ensuring that queer conversations are part of the mainstream narrative - now more than ever to continuing our relief work for the most marginalized, August showed us that no matter the extent of barriers - if you choose to speak up and hold the spaces that belong to you - the voices amplify, and they turn into a scalable impact that changes lives and shift mindsets. Newly released queer books, a workplace equality index with over 50 corporate signups, an industry body launching its D&I certificate course. Hold your breaths, here is how we celebrated freedom:

Here is a sneak from our Independence Day Celebrations. Click on the image above to watch the video. 
Watch the latest episodes of Queering Quarantine -

Luku, KSF Fellow in conversation with Grace Banu, Dalit & Trans* Rights Activist - click here to stream. 

Ashish, KSF Fellow in conversation with Arjun Pandey, Co-Founder Scout Me - click here to stream.

Kiara, The LaliT Bangalore in conversation with Poornima Sukumar, Co-Founder Aravani Art Project - click here to stream.

Ankita in conversation with Shanti Raghavan, Co-Founder Enable India - click here to stream.
Queeristan Out Now! 

‘Over the years, we have rapidly hired more and more LGBTQIA+ people as part of The Lalit fam. As of June 2019, we have thirty-five trans* people working with us out of sixty-six LGBTQIA+ employees overall. We are also working at intersectional inclusion, so we have a trans acid attack survivor or a queer DJ who happens to be disabled. We have also created an ecosystem for queer performers through Kitty Su. We have launched a scholarship worth `1.5 lakh each for five trans students to cover all the costs for a diploma in food production and bakery at the Lalit Suri Hospitality School. We’re just getting started, by the way. There’s a lot more we are going to do!’

An excerpt from Queeristan by Parmesh Shahani 

In conversation with Parmesh Shahani, Author and Head, India Culture Lab; 
Keshav Suri, Executive Director, The Lalit Hotels, Palaces & Resorts, and Founder, Keshav Suri Foundation; Zainab P Rifai, Director Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG India; and Radhika Piramal, Vice Chairperson, VIP Industries

Stream the conversation and unlock a riveting book reading session by clicking here
It is raining queer books, and there was no better time reading something than it is now. Grab these deliciously queer books while they last:

Sex and the Supreme Court: How the Law is Upholding the Dignity of the Indian Citizen by Saurabh Kirpal

Muscular India: Masculinity, Mobility & the New Middle Class by Michiel Baas 
Here is a glimpse of The Lalit Kolkata. The repercussions of COVID19 aren’t short term. Support us in feeding those in need. Donate now
We welcome FICCI - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry as an industry partner for the India Workplace Equality Index. Brought to you by, Keshav Suri Foundation, Pride Circle, Stonewall.
We are bringing you fresh updates from our collaboration with ScoutMe, where we are currently finding ways to include Trans* persons in Sports. We organized a virtual meeting with over 20 NGOs from across the country to understand acceptable practices and ensure diverse participation. Here are some comments from the meeting. 
ScoutMe under its all-gender inclusivity program(Kicking Gender Boundaries) along with the Keshav Suri Foundation has been organizing workshops for football coaches, staff, and players of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools. Take a look at what one of the coaches had to say about them!
Sign up for our scholarship program, in collaboration with The LaLiT Group of Hotels and start your journey in the hospitality space. The last date to apply is 20th October.
In our daily lives, we cross our paths with a lot of people; being conscious of how we are treating them is the need of the hour! The LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group along with Keshav Suri Foundation encourages you to refer to this terminology and use this to kickstart your journey of being inclusive. 

To check out the appropriate disability terminologies: click here
Here are some inspiring stories of trans* folks that took over It Gets Better India's feed all through August. 
The Foundation has also taken the initiative of extending mental health support to people who need the same. Our onboard counselors are giving free counseling to help people cope up with the situation.
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After being a self-funded initiative for over two years, we are now accepting donations to amplify further and expand our ability to provide support to those who are in dire need of it. The aid provided by you will directly go to further enhance our relief efforts in times of distress, high-quality mental health services, online resources, community support groups, education & competency training, youth empowerment programs & events, STI & HIV awareness, counseling & other activities to embrace, empower and mainstream the LGBTQIA+ community in India.
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Before we go, here is the link to a heartwarming It Gets Better video. Ft. Vaibhav and Parag. Sharing their joy with us at The LaLit Delhi. On the occasion of their long-awaited wedding reception party, we at It Gets Better India sat down to dig deeper into their inspiring story of #PureLove