Varta Trust organizational logo: The word ‘Varta’ written out in black colour in a bold stylized typeface in all capitals on a white background. The text is inside a rectangle finely outlined in black. The first ‘A’ in ‘Varta’ is affixed with the graphic of a bugle on top. The bugle faces to the right, and breaks the rectangular outline where it sticks out above the logo lettering. Tagline below the logo says "Gender, Sexuality, Intimacy, Publishing". Logo artwork credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

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‘Bengal Trans* & Queer Charter of Demands’ released

By Chand

West Bengal’s trans* and queer communities are formulating a policy and political participation advocacy plan. Chand takes us through the first step taken recently
This medium-shot photograph shows a scene from the release of the ‘Bengal Trans* & Queer Charter of Demands’ at the Press Club Kolkata on March 27, 2021. To the extreme left is sign language interpreter Rajani Banerjee. Beside her are the LGBTIQA+ speakers for the media conference. Seated from left to right are Rahul Mitra, Raina Roy (speaking into a microphone), Tista Das, Aparna Banerjee, Pawan Dhall (moderator), and Sudeb Suvana. A tablet held up by a member of the audience to record the media conference proceedings can be seen at the right edge of the photograph. The wall behind the speakers is covered with wooden panelling and has the Press Club Kolkata logo pasted on the wall. Photo credit: Rafiquel Haque Dowjah
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