Queer Friendly Lawyers Network (QFLN) - West Bengal is a legal advocacy initiative of Varta Trust, Kolkata to bring together lawyers, para-legal 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer people in West Bengal.
These violations may occur on grounds of non-normative sexual orientations, gender identities, sexual behaviours, sexual / romantic relationships or other gender and sexuality markers. They may occur also in combination with discrimination around class, occupation, caste, race, religion or disability.
QFLN - West Bengal is therefore also a forum for sharing experiences, clarifying doubts, networking and learning from each other on a wide variety of legal and associated issues concerning queer people.
This forum was created in the run-up to December 11, 2014, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court verdict that reinstated Section 377, Indian Penal Code. Given the continued rights violations faced by queer people even after Section 377 was finally read down by the apex court on September 6, 2018, this forum is a reminder that the struggle ahead for social equity has to be a collaborative effort, which will make the journey as rewarding as it is challenging!
QFLN - West Bengal Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/qfln.westbengal