In a nation which criminalizes homosexuality, it is immensely difficult to secure the rights of the LGBT community whose situation hasn’t improved even a bit. Although there is much greater awareness in the nation regarding this issue, very few social spheres are sensitive towards this discriminated section of the society. Educational institutions can go a long way in shaping a much more tolerant society towards the LGBT community. They can help in inculcating reverence and sympathy towards the deprived community and make India a much more peaceful country to reside in. However, as long as the draconian section 377 remains prevalent, it will remain a herculean task to improve the living situations of the LGBT community. But amidst all these darkness, there is a silver lining of hope. There are many schools and colleges across the nation which have in-campus LGBT support groups.
Here’s a list of few of the schools and colleges across the nation which have in-campus LGBT support groups:
#1 Tagore International School
Be it writing blogs, tweeting, organizing events or holding a march in support of LGBT community, this school remains behind nowhere. It has a very active society named ‘Breaking Barriers’ which propagates sensitivity regarding this issue among the students.
#2 Jawaharlal Nehru University
JNU is famous for its LGBT support group, popular by the name of ‘Dhanak’ which continuously holds debates, discussions and events regarding the issue of the queers.
#3 IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay is one of the most active educational institutions in India which is fighting for the rights of the LGBT community. Its support group’s name is ‘Saathi’ which often organizes discussions, debates and events to popularize the issue and educate the masses.
#4 IIT Kharagpur
IIT Kharagpur’s LGBT support group ‘Ambar’ has often gone out of its way to support the LGBT community by organizing interactive talks of the students with people from queer community and also by conducting Queer Film Festivals.
#5 IIT Roorkee
The palace like institution houses within itself a blooming support group for the LGBT community, famous by the name ‘QAGAAR’. The full form of QAGAAR stands for Queer And Gender Advancement Alliance Roorkee. Frequent discussions regarding sexuality and gender take place here.
#6 IIT Delhi
IIT Delhi provides a comfortable and secure place for people belonging to the queer community to live and interact with other students who also learn and broaden the horizon of their mindset through these enriching communications and interactions. Its support group goes by the name of ‘Indradhanu’ which stands for recognition of diversity in sexuality and gender.