• Aakash


    Aakash is a former masseur whose love for the carnal is yet to ebb. He loves to travel and explore places, bodies and minds, and at times transgress gender roles. He digs oil massages and sweet foods. He also works for an NGO.

  • Ajita Banerjie

    Ajita Banerjie

    Ajita Banerjie is engaged with research and advocacy on gender and sexuality rights.

  • Amrita Chanda

    Amrita Chanda

    Amrita Chanda works as a consultant with Sruti Disability Rights Centre, Kolkata. She is also associated with a freelance research project on the independence and well-being of the elderly. She has a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne and Master of Social Work from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. Some of her projects include flexible work arrangements in India and the need for policy intervention, spiritual management at the workplace, and the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations of employees in the workplace.

  • Amrita Sarkar

    Amrita Sarkar

    Amrita Sarkar has been working as a transgender activist for more than two decades, and currently works as Advisor: Transgender Wellbeing and Advocacy, Alliance India, Delhi. She is one of the founding members and Secretary of International Reference Group on Transgender Women and HIV/AIDS, a member of Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health, and a faculty member of World Professional Association for Transgender Health. She is also associated with the Transgender Technical Working Group, formed by National AIDS Control Organisation, Delhi. Amrita’s passions include music and she is a diploma holder in Rabindra Sangeet from the Rabitirtha school of music founded by the legendary singer Suchitra Mitra (1924-2011) in Kolkata.

  • Ananya Kar

    Ananya Kar

    Ananya Kar is a life sciences researcher by the day and sometimes at nights, but is always a strong advocate of gender equality and green practices.

  • Anupam Hazra

    Anupam Hazra

    Anupam Hazra has a performative gender identity and a multiple wish list – social work, project management, sex work, dancing, painting, making costume jewellery, acting, chewing paan, being drunk . . . unfortunately or thankfully most of the time ze is unable to be and do all of it simultaneously.

  • Anureet Watta

    Anureet Watta

    Anureet Watta is a 20-year-old poet based in Delhi, trying to juggle their love for poetry, amusement with films and a degree in economics. They are currently running Forbidden Verses, a Delhi-based artists’ collective that seeks to promote local artists and make art more accessible.

  • Aparajita Dutta

    Aparajita Dutta

    Aparajita Dutta is a writer and social activist. Her interests include gender rights, disability rights and football.

  • Arunabha Hazra

    Arunabha Hazra

    Arunabha Hazra is a young event manager with an eye for the good things in life – music, cinema, food, beverages and more! He can be contacted at arunabha.events@gmail.com.

  • Asmita Ghosh

    Asmita Ghosh

    Asmita Ghosh recently graduated from IIT Madras with a Master's in English Studies and enjoys singing, puppies and awkwardly maneuvering out of social situations.

  • Avinaba Dutta

    Avinaba Dutta

    Avinaba Dutta is an independent gender and sexuality researcher and policy analyst focussed on issues related to human rights violations. He has worked with several rights-based organizations in India, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, USA and Europe in order to push for adoption of inclusive policies.

  • Bana


    Bana is a health worker and community organizer working with SAATHII to mobilise lesbian, bi women and trans masculine communities in Odisha since 2016, and to facilitate access to information, crisis support and services around healthcare and social welfare schemes.

  • Boicha Huidrom

    Boicha Huidrom

    Boicha Huidrom is pursuing Master's in Public Policy and Governance at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He is passionate about studying the role of institutions in conflict resolution and social justice. He is also an avid photography enthusiast.

  • Bonita Pebam

    Bonita Pebam

    Bonita Pebam has been involved in working for the sake of queer communities in Manipur since 2008. She is based in Imphal and associated with transgender community group All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMaNA) and NGO SAATHII.

  • Brindaalakshmi K.

    Brindaalakshmi K.

    Brindaalakshmi K. is a queer-feminist researcher working at the intersections of gender, sexuality and technology. They authored the study titled 'Gendering of Development Data: Beyond the Binary' for the Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore as part of the Big Data for Development (BD4D) Network.

  • Chand


    Chand is a development practitioner and researcher. They are associated with the Centre for Queer and Transgender Studies, the research and policy wing of Pleqsus India Foundation, Kolkata.

  • Chandan Kumar Nayak

    Chandan Kumar Nayak

    Chandan Kumar Nayak works with SAATHII in its Bhubaneswar office and is associated with the LGBTIQA movement as an ally. He is passionate about exploring places and blogging.

  • Chandrima Mukhopadhyay

    Chandrima Mukhopadhyay

    Chandrima Mukhopadhyay is pursuing MA in English Literature at Jadavpur University to satiate her love for literature. She is an avid reader, art enthusiast, occasional translator and certified citizen historian at the 1947 Partition Archive.

  • Chintan Girish Modi

    Chintan Girish Modi

    Chintan Girish Modi is a writer, educator and researcher who tweets @chintan_connect.

  • Danish Sheikh

    Danish Sheikh

    Danish Sheikh is a consultant on sexual orientation and gender identity with the International Commission of Jurists, and teaches courses on the intersections of law and literature at law schools across India.

  • Debayan N. Sen

    Debayan N. Sen

    Debayan N. Sen is a lawyer and a believer in celebrating free human life. Write in your queries to vartablog@gmail.com, and they will be answered with due respect to confidentiality.

  • Debjyoti Ghosh

    Debjyoti Ghosh

    Debjyoti Ghosh is a human rights lawyer originally from Kolkata, India, and now based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is involved in queer rights activism and has also worked on issues of HIV/AIDS, women and children. His SJD/PhD dissertation focussed on transgender rights in India, Brazil and South Africa, and his primary interest areas are constitutionalism, queer rights, minority rights, and citizenship. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

  • Dhamini Ratnam

    Dhamini Ratnam

    Dhamini Ratnam is a Mumbai-based journalist.

  • Diksha Sanyal

    Diksha Sanyal

    Diksha Sanyal graduated in law from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in 2016. She has previously worked as a Research Fellow with Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Delhi and the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore.

  • Disability rights organizations in India

    Disability rights organizations in India

    This article is based on a media release issued by national level disability rights organizations in India.

  • Dr. Amarnath Raman

    Dr. Amarnath Raman

    Dr. Amarnath Raman (they / them) are a dental surgeon, non-surgical facial aesthetician, and a queer affirmative peer counsellor. They work as PrEP Coordinator Consultant with SAATHII, Chennai.

  • Dr. Sankalpa Satapathy

    Dr. Sankalpa Satapathy

    Dr. Sankalpa Satapathy is a faculty member at the Institute of Public Health Kalyani. She is interested in matters related to gender, disability, and social justice.

  • Dr. Tirthankar Guha Thakurta

    Dr. Tirthankar Guha Thakurta

    Dr. Tirthankar Guha Thakurta is teaching faculty at the Department of Physiology, K. P. C. Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata. He works on issues of gender, sexuality, queer visibility on medical campuses, and advocating for a queer-affirmative medical curriculum in India.

  • Dr. A. Sathish Kumar

    Dr. A. Sathish Kumar

    Dr. A. Sathish Kumar works at SAATHII, Chennai, and has more than 15 years of experience in projects on HIV, TB, mother and child health, and LGBTIQA+ issues. His work includes integrating LGBTIQA+ concerns into the general health systems in India.

  • Dr. Kaustav Bakshi

    Dr. Kaustav Bakshi

    Dr. Kaustav Bakshi is Associate Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University. His latest books include, 'Popular Cinema in Bengal: Genre, Stars, Public Culture' (Routledge, 2020), 'Queer Studies: Texts, Contexts, Praxis' (Orient Blackswan, 2019), and 'Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art' (Routledge, 2015).

  • Dr. Mukut Bhowmik

    Dr. Mukut Bhowmik

    Dr. Mukut Bhowmik is a dancer, doctor, public health official and an individual interested in protecting human rights.

  • Dr. Nandini Ghosh

    Dr. Nandini Ghosh

    Dr. Nandini Ghosh is an academic-activist working on issues of gender, disability and other forms of marginalization. She is at present a faculty member at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata.

  • Duncan Rice

    Duncan Rice

    Duncan Rice is the Director of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Africa and lives in Durban in South Africa. He is a frequent visitor to Kolkata to assist with the operations of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy India. Using drama, he works with many specially-abled children throughout Africa and India, giving them a means to release their innate creativity.

  • Eishita


    Eishita (they / she / he) is a non-binary queer writer, a final year English literature student of Delhi University, and an aspiring filmmaker.

  • 'Friendship Walk 20th Anniversary' organizing team

    'Friendship Walk 20th Anniversary' organizing team

    This article is based on a pamphlet created for the 20th anniversary observations of 'Friendship Walk '99' in Kolkata and Chandannagar on June 29-30, 2019.

  • Hari Chettri

    Hari Chettri

    Hari Chettri works as an HIV activist in Darjeeling and loves to capture the beauty of his home town with the camera.

  • Heena


    Heena identifies as a transgender woman, lives in Kalyani town in the Nadia district of West Bengal, and has been associated with queer support forum Nadia Ranaghat Sampriti Society since its inception in 2012 as its Treasurer.

  • Ishan Chakraborty

    Ishan Chakraborty

    Ishan Chakraborty is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Jadavpur University. He is pursuing PhD from the same department. His areas of interest include Tagore, theatre, 19th century and disability studies. He will be glad to address any query at wrick.ishan@gmail.com.

  • Jia Mata

    Jia Mata

    Jia Mata is a queer freelance writer-translator, part-time soft skills trainer, and part-time activist. As a parent of a 16-year-old happy and well-adjusted gender fluid, panromantic, Ace child, Jia is proud to have made a safe enough space at home for the offspring to be completely and proudly themselves.

  • Joyita Mondal

    Joyita Mondal

    Joyita Mondal is a transgender social worker based in Islampur in North Bengal. She has been committed to transgender community development since 2006. Storytelling on issues around gender is her newfound passion.

  • Karthik Hebbar

    Karthik Hebbar

    Karthik Hebbar is an art activist based out of Bangalore and has established himself as a playwright, director and theatre practitioner. He’s also a Carnatic classical vocalist-composer and has contributed to the classical dance / music fraternity with his innovative poetry, compositions, lecture demonstrations and critical writing. Karthik indulges in photography, writes columns for leading publications, and has published short stories in Kannada. He’s also worked in the television industry as a writer and actor. He’s often invited to speak at diversity forums and queer initiatives.

  • Kaushik Gupta

    Kaushik Gupta

    Kaushik Gupta is a lawyer by profession, a photographer by passion, and happy to answer your queries on legal matters around gender and sexuality. Write in your queries to vartablog@gmail.com, and they will be answered with due respect to confidentiality.

  • Kaustav Manna

    Kaustav Manna

    Kaustav Manna, a graduate in psychology, is a photography enthusiast and freelance writer.

  • Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival

    Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival

    Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival (KRPF) is an open collective of individuals, networks and organizations, which believes that sexuality is a key element of human existence, fulfillment and enjoyment. They hold that no individual, community or section of society should face stigma, discrimination or violence because of their gender and sexuality. KRPF deploys a variety of art forms, media and mass awareness activities to generate the dialogue necessary to achieve its objectives. Each year KRPF takes the lead in mobilizing participation for the ‘Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk’.

  • Koyel Khan

    Koyel Khan

    Koyel Khan is a sociologist. Her primary academic interests are in gender, sexualities, globalization, and human rights. She is committed to working for social justice.

  • Lipikor


    Lipikor's favourite cultural investigations involve looking for leitmotifs, conscious or accidental, across genres and generations of cinema, literature and music. A sales professional with an information technology company, he returned to Kolkata in 2020 after spending nearly two decades in Bangalore. He also dabbles in writing occasional short stories and reviews in Bengali, and has run out of excuses as to why his cine blog (filmswithlipikor.blogspot.com) has not been updated for so long. He uses his non-de-plume to distinguish himself from a way more well-known namesake.

  • Mahua Seth

    Mahua Seth

    Mahua Seth is Senior Consultant, The Pride Circle, Bangalore; formerly Senior Director, Cognizant, Kolkata; Founder, The Rainbow Room, Kolkata; and Member, Sweekar – The Rainbow Parents. She works in advocacy towards building inclusion for LGBTQ+ communities, particularly in educational institutions in India and neighbouring countries. She has a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, USA, and enjoys reading, travelling, cooking, gardening, dancing and music.

  • Mandeep Raikhy

    Mandeep Raikhy

    Mandeep Raikhy is a dancer and choreographer based out of New Delhi. He pursued his BA (Honours) in Dance Theatre at Laban, London, and worked with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, London for several years. He has created three full-length works, 'Inhabited Geometry' (2010), 'A Male Ant has Straight Antennae' (2013) and 'Queen-size' (2016). Mandeep divides his time between creating and touring his artistic work, and being a dance administrator at Gati Dance Forum.

  • Marc Ohrem-Leclef

    Marc Ohrem-Leclef

    Marc Ohrem-Leclef is a German based in Brooklyn, New York and collaborates with communities – whether they are formed by bloodlines, social circumstance or cultural movement – to generate visibility for people and issues lacking representation. A MacDowell Colony Fellow (2018), his photographs and film have been exhibited in Brazil, Germany, India, Spain, UK and USA; his work is held in collection of Museo de Arte do Rio (Brazil), and reviewed in publications such as 'Artnews', 'Artforum', 'British Journal of Photography', 'Der Spiegel', 'Hyperallergic' and 'Slate'.

  • Mark Heywood

    Mark Heywood

    Mark Heywood is co-founder Treatment Action Campaign and Director, SECTION27.

  • Matai Society

    Matai Society

    Matai Society is a woman, queer and trans-led registered society based in Moirang, Bishnupur district, Manipur. It was founded in 2020. The organisation works with and for youth in Moirang town and its neighbouring rural areas on SOGIESC issues, education, health, livelihood, and the environment.

  • Meera


    Meera works as a researcher in queer mental health. She is a therapist who sees queer and trans racialized clients, and supervises practitioners. In her spare time, she loves to read fiction set in other times and places, cooking meals for friends, and travelling to new places with her partner.

  • Meghna Mehra

    Meghna Mehra

    Meghna Mehra is an author and activist. She is a founding member of All India Queer Association and has a Master's degree in Political Science. She understands political phenomena from a gendered lens.

  • Mihika Poddar

    Mihika Poddar

    Mihika Poddar is a final year law student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She takes a keen interest in human rights, gender and sexuality based issues.

  • Mihir Seth

    Mihir Seth

    Mihir Seth is a graduate student of history at Presidency University, Kolkata. While their current work questions regimes of beauty in urban spaces, they are interested in questions of coloniality and identity formations among queer communities. Mihir moonlights with Voyages into the Past, and can mostly be found railfanning in their free time.

  • Namrata


    Namrata is a policy lawyer and legal academic based in Delhi and Kolkata. They work in the areas of law and technology, labour law and workers' rights, and gender, sexuality and the law.

  • Nazia Khan

    Nazia Khan

    Nazia Khan is a photographer, traveller, storyteller and filmmaker from Kolkata, currently based in Mumbai. Documenting time through the camera is her zeal.

  • Nikita Kabra

    Nikita Kabra

    Nikita Kabra is a to-be dance movement practitioner, avid reader, expressionist writer and a human rights champion. They’re also a die-hard runner with a strictly healthy diet and soft corner for desserts.

  • Nilanjan Majumdar

    Nilanjan Majumdar

    Nilanjan Majumdar is a medical laboratory technologist. He is also an amateur radio (ham) operator and a passionate photographer who has been photo-documenting the queer movement in Kolkata for the last 10 years.

  • Nitin Karani

    Nitin Karani

    Nitin Karani believes in both social and economic liberty of the individual as well as a small State. He writes on LGBT issues in both print and digital media in his leisure time. He used to blog at queerindia.blogspot.com.

  • Oinam Hemabati

    Oinam Hemabati

    Oinam Hemabati is a trans man activist and leads Empowering Trans Ability, a support forum for lesbians, bisexual women and trans men in Manipur. He is passionate about karate, and lives with Sonia, his partner of 15 years, in Imphal.

  • owais


    owais calls himself the ‘sucker for love’ – for knowingly, he not only trusts, but lives on that rainbow which does not actually exist.

  • Pallav Bonerjee

    Pallav Bonerjee

    Pallav Bonerjee is Consultant Clinical Psychologist at VIMHANS Hospital, New Delhi. Whenever stressed, he never fails to spend some time with his own therapist, who has a wet, black nose and goes by the name of Copper!

  • Pawan Dhall

    Pawan Dhall

    Pawan Dhall is a Kolkata-based queer activist, archivist, researcher and writer. He was a founding member of Counsel Club, Kolkata (1993-2002), among India’s earliest queer support groups, and edited its house journal 'Pravartak'. He worked with SAATHII from 2002-14 on universal access to health and social justice. He is now associated with Varta Trust as Founding Trustee. His latest publications include 'Queer Potli: Memories, Imaginations and Re-imaginations of Urban Queer Spaces in India' (Queer Ink, 2019) and 'Out of Line and Offline: Queer Mobilizations in ‘90s Eastern India' (Seagull Books, 2020).

  • Pompi Banerjee

    Pompi Banerjee

    Pompi Banerjee is a psychologist and works with an NGO for their health rights programme. She identifies as queer, gender fluid and kinky, and is a member of Kinky Collective. On her holidays she’s either glued to books or out and about – organizing or taking part in events on gender and sexuality rights. She will be happy to answer more queries on consent issues sent to vartablog@gmail.com (confidentiality assured).

  • Pradosh Dash

    Pradosh Dash

    Pradosh Dash is 24 years old, gay, feminist and engaged in queer activism in Odisha. He aspires to work on digital media communication on LGBTIQA rights, male sexual abuse, toxic masculinity, menstruation and other social taboos.

  • Prosenjit Pal

    Prosenjit Pal

    When not researching Parkinson’s disease as part of his PhD from the University of Calcutta, Prosenjit Pal is busy with poetry, painting, music, films, bird watching and admiring trees.

  • QFLN - West Bengal

    QFLN - West Bengal

    Queer Friendly Lawyers Network – West Bengal is a legal advocacy initiative of Varta Trust, Kolkata to bring together lawyers, paralegal workers, teachers and students of law, human rights workers and legal aid agencies to develop an effective response system against the rights violations faced by queer people in West Bengal. QFLN – West Bengal can be contacted at www.facebook.com/groups/qfln.westbengal or vartablog@gmail.com.

  • Queer individuals and groups in India

    Queer individuals and groups in India

    This article is based on a media release prepared collectively by various queer individuals and groups across India.



    RACSHA is a Kolkata-based network of organisations and individuals working for prevention, recognition, addressing and healing of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

  • Rafiquel Haque Dowjah

    Rafiquel Haque Dowjah

    Rafiquel Haque Dowjah’s love for the performing and visual arts, deep interest in Bangla, and photography and communication skills have lasted him in good stead since his younger days. He has been involved in queer activism since the mid 1990s, and is pursuing his desire to create queer-themed audio-visual material. He works in communication management in a queer-friendly corporate in Mumbai.

  • RAHI Foundation

    RAHI Foundation

    RAHI Foundation is a centre for women survivors of incest and child sexual abuse based in Delhi and Kolkata. It has been working since 1996 to end incest/child sexual abuse and address its long-term impact on women survivors. Write in your queries to kolkata.rahifoundation@gmail.com, and they will be answered with due respect to confidentiality.

  • Rajib Chakrabarti

    Rajib Chakrabarti

    Rajib Chakrabarti teaches English and hopes that scientific rationalism and secular ethics will one day replace religious dogma.

  • Ranjay Sarkar

    Ranjay Sarkar

    Ranjay Sarkar is studying art in Kolkata and loves to spend time on the banks of Teesta River near his home.

  • Rith Das

    Rith Das

    Rith Das is a photography enthusiast based in Kolkata.

  • Rituparna Borah

    Rituparna Borah

    Rituparna Borah is an indigenous, disabled, queer feminist activist with over 18 years of experience in gender, sexuality, and LGBTQIA+ issues. She is Co-Director of Nazariya: A Queer Feminist Resource Group, Delhi. She has been part of various advocacy groups, one of them being Voices Against 377 which was a co-petitioner in the case for reading down Section 377, Indian Penal Code. She herself is a co-petitioner in a marriage equality petition as part of the National Network of LBI Women and Trans Persons. The petition asks for equality in relationships and the right to form a chosen family in addition to the right to marry.

  • Rudra Kishore Mandal

    Rudra Kishore Mandal

    Rudra Kishore Mandal is a painter and freelance graphic designer and calls his artistic quest 'Rudrascape' (rudrascape.blogspot.in).

  • Sadam Hanjabam

    Sadam Hanjabam

    Sadam Hanjabam is Founder Director, Ya_All, a queer and allies youth network based in Imphal. He set up Meitram, an inclusive and integrated co-working space for youth, which also serves as a short stay home for queer individuals facing crisis at home or elsewhere, and Free Youth Café, which is run by queer youth in Imphal. He is also a PhD scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

  • Saki


    Saki (he / him) is 20 and queer, studies history in Imphal, and is a writer, public speaker and performing artist on the move.

  • Sampoorna India

    Sampoorna India

    Sampoorna India is a network of trans and intersex Indians around the globe.

  • Sanjib Basu

    Sanjib Basu

    Sanjib is an old young poet in English and Bangla, whose poetry is increasing rapidly with age. He tries to be observant, restrained, and sensitive to feelings. His spontaneity is slow and strangely steady.

  • Sankalpita Mullick

    Sankalpita Mullick

    Sankalpita Mullick, 20, is a third-year law student from the O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. She has won national debate championships and has been awarded scholarships for creative writing. She has been a part of an editing team for a book about Supreme Court, High Court and Trial Court petitions. Her first book 'Metamorphosis – Legends Come to Life' was published when she was 14. She now runs an online writing forum called Mind Melt Worldwide with her friends from more than 10 countries, whom she met during her time at a scholarship programme at the University of Iowa, USA. She is passionate about social justice and the law. She partakes in fellowships and social justice initiatives to help make a difference within the community.

  • Santa Khurai

    Santa Khurai

    Santa Khurai is a queer activist and champion of transgender rights based in Manipur. She is associated with civil society organizations All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMaNA) and Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII). Writing poems and stories on queer issues is one of her many passions. She is the author of ‘The Yellow Sparrow: Memoir of a Transgender Woman’, a translation of ‘Meenai Leiba Yonba’, published by Speaking Tiger in 2023. Her upcoming second novel is called ‘The Exchange’.

  • Sayan Bhattacharya

    Sayan Bhattacharya

    Sayan Bhattacharya likes to believe that he writes for pleasure but pursuing a PhD means that pleasure is always difficult if not impossible. He can be praised, criticized or consoled at sayanb360@gmail.com.

  • Sayantan Datta

    Sayantan Datta

    Sayantan Datta is a queer feminist activist and poet.

  • Shampa Sengupta

    Shampa Sengupta

    Shampa Sengupta is a Kolkata-based activist working on gender and disability issues for more than 25 years. She is the founder of an advocacy group called Sruti Disability Rights Centre and is Joint Secretary, National Platform for Rights of the Disabled. She will be happy to answer your queries on disability and related issues. Write in your queries to vartablog@gmail.com, and they will be answered with due respect to confidentiality.

  • Shilpi Bhattacharya

    Shilpi Bhattacharya

    Shilpi Bhattacharya is an Assistant Professor at O. P. Jindal Global University. She received her PhD in law and economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2016. She is also a founding member of GNE Myopathy International and in her spare time advocates for greater awareness of rare diseases and GNE myopathy.

  • Shivalal Gautam

    Shivalal Gautam

    Shivalal Gautam is 30, gay, engaged in queer activism in Guwahati, and derives the strongest sense of contentment and achievement in being able to help other queer individuals.

  • Shreyashi


    Shreyashi works in the intersections of law with gender, sexuality, health, and open science. She is a research fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Delhi.

  • Shruti Janardhan

    Shruti Janardhan

    Shruti Janardhan studied Bachelor's in Literature from Hindu College, University of Delhi and aspires to become an investigative journalist.

  • Shubhrajit Roy

    Shubhrajit Roy

    Shubhrajit Roy researches Wilson’s disease and spends his free time drawing and sketching.

  • Siddhartha Sankar

    Siddhartha Sankar

    Siddhartha Sankar believes in using art and creativity to express the unspoken and give voice to the marginalized sections of society. He has studied travel and tourism, worked in the corporate sector and is currently engaged with pocket filmmaking projects.

  • Soma Roy Karmakar

    Soma Roy Karmakar

    Soma Roy Karmakar passionately believes in gender equality and women’s empowerment. She works on issues of child sexual abuse with RAHI Foundation, Kolkata.

  • Souvik Rakshit

    Souvik Rakshit

    Souvik Rakshit is passionate about developing his interest and skills in art and craft, and loves to innovate in his work. He identifies as gay and lives in Kolkata.

  • Srabasti Majumdar

    Srabasti Majumdar

    Srabasti Majumdar is a Kolkata-based psychological counsellor and gender and sexuality rights activist.

  • Subhamita Maitra

    Subhamita Maitra

    Dr. Subhamita Maitra has a PhD in Neuroscience and is an Indian classical dance exponent specialized in Odissi. She aims to connect her knowledge and skills to establish the contribution of dance in developing the human mind.

  • Subhojit Banerjea

    Subhojit Banerjea

    Subhojit Banerjea is a professional photographer interested in any kind of shoot.

  • Subhradeep Chatterjee

    Subhradeep Chatterjee

    Subhradeep Chatterjee completed MA in English Literature from Jadavpur University. He holds a degree in BA (English) from Presidency University, Kolkata, and was the student convener of two of the entrepreneurship summits during his time there. A former tech blogger, his interests include film making, graphic designing, composing music and travelling. His research interests include romanticism, disabilities studies, visual culture, and Persian and Urdu literature.

  • Suchandra Ganguly

    Suchandra Ganguly

    Suchandra Ganguly is a Paralympic sports, disability, gender and sexuality rights activist. She is a founding member of Civilian Welfare Foundation, a youth social work venture. Stereotype breaker, philanthropist, realist and independent are her favourite personal adjectives.

  • Suchetana Sengupta

    Suchetana Sengupta

    Suchetana Sengupta is a student, wishes to pursue clinical psychology, seeks respite from the trials and tribulations of life in writing.

  • Sudeb Sadhu

    Sudeb Sadhu

    Sudeb Sadhu is a transgender community mobilizer, activist and actor, and lives in Bongaon and Baruipur in West Bengal.

  • Sudha Jha

    Sudha Jha

    Sudha Jha is a social worker and has been working on human rights issues for more than a decade. Justice for the marginalized is her motto.

  • Sudhasri Yadavalli

    Sudhasri Yadavalli

    Sudhasri Yadavalli is a third-year law student from O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. They have been deeply interested in gender studies and feminism from a young age and were the Founder and Vice-President of Girl Up Club of their university for the year 2020-21. Their other interests include history, philosophy, and human rights.

  • Sudipa Chakraborty

    Sudipa Chakraborty

    Sudipa Chakraborty is a transgender social worker. She lives in Kolkata and has been engaged with the sexual health, mental health and social justice concerns of LGBTIQA+ people in India since 1998.

  • Sujoy


    Sujoy is 39, Bengalee, based in Bangalore. He has a creative bent of mind, is an occasional blogger, avid reader, movie lover, and enjoys travel. He had polio in childhood and identifies as a queer-disabled man. He is an active member of a disability awareness group in Bangalore.

  • Sukanta Banerjee

    Sukanta Banerjee

    Sukanta Banerjee (1981-2022) identified as genderqueer and was associated with queer support group Amitie’ Trust which works in the Hooghly and Howrah districts of West Bengal. Ze was part of sexual health projects supported by India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Delhi, and was fond of music and travelling. Ze died of natural causes on December 30, 2022.

  • Sukhdeep Singh

    Sukhdeep Singh

    Sukhdeep Singh is a Facebook addict who works as a software engineer by day and transforms into a writer at night. He is the founder and editor of 'Gaylaxy' magazine.

  • Susanta Pramanik

    Susanta Pramanik

    Susanta Pramanik, 48, lives in Gobardanga, in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. He has been part of the development sector for over two decades. He is a founder member of queer community-based organization Dumdum Swikriti Society, Kolkata, which started in 2003. His interests include outreach, peer counselling, training and research on the health concerns of queer communities. He is also engaged in research work with Varta Trust.

  • Swati Das

    Swati Das

    Swati is a bohemian soul, who loves travelling and penning her thoughts down. She loves mingling and working with people. Swati is currently Administration Assistant with Varta Trust.

  • Tanvir


    Tanvir is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK. Their work cuts across several disciplines with interests in decoloniality, oral history conservation, identity politics, arts for social change, and community organising. They have published academic and non-academic essays, and produced cultural texts (video, zine, drawing) around gender, sexuality, and diversity. Tanvir is one of the directors of Oboyob Diversity Circle, a queer collective in Bangladesh.

  • Tanya Kole

    Tanya Kole

    Tanya Kole is a post-graduate student at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, pursuing an MA in Liberal Arts. Their research interests include sociolinguistics and queer studies, with a focus on issues involving trans men, and gender related concerns of the queer communities.

  • Tiara Girl

    Tiara Girl

    Tiara Girl is a female dom from Delhi-NCR. She has been on a kinky journey for the better part of the last two decades, and is comfortably ensconced in her dom persona. Apart from kink, Tiara enjoys writing, experimenting with recipes, and gaming.

  • Utsa Ghosh

    Utsa Ghosh

    Utsa Ghosh is a final year student of MA in English at Jadavpur University. She is an ardent Netflixer and cook when she's not debating on politics, writing academic papers or pursuing food for thought.

  • Vaaswat Sarkar

    Vaaswat Sarkar

    Vaaswat Sarkar is a student of English literature at Jadavpur University. His interests include languages, performance art, writing, football and chess.

  • Vahista Dastoor

    Vahista Dastoor

    Vahista Dastoor wields the camera to get her point across when she is not documenting child rights, mental health or gender related issues.

  • Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum

    Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum

    Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum is an initiative to facilitate skills building and employment opportunities for queer individuals in eastern and north-eastern India through information provision, capacity building, and linkages with trainers, employers and field experts. The forum can be contacted at vartablog@gmail.com.

  • Vivek Divan

    Vivek Divan

    Vivek Divan is qualified in the law and queerness. He has been involved in HIV- and queer-related activism for almost two decades, including critical community mobilization around the Naz Foundation (India) Trust petition against Section 377 as Coordinator of Lawyers Collective – HIV/AIDS Unit, 2000-07.

  • Yashita Kandhari

    Yashita Kandhari

    Yashita Kandhari is a fourth-year college student studying sociology, gender and sexuality. She is currently working on projects related to queer history and LGBTQ archives as well as the internet, Hindutva, and necropolitics in the time of COVID-19. She can be contacted at yakandhari@davidson.edu.

  • Zaid Al Baset

    Zaid Al Baset

    Zaid Al Baset teaches sociology at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. His research interests are in the studies of gender and sexuality, and the anthropology of Islam.

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