Contacts for agencies providing information and support on gender, sexuality and associated issues

Childhood and teenage concerns

DIKSHA, Kolkata: Creates safe spaces for children and adolescents through community-based resource teams of adolescents and youth in Kalighat and Munsiganj red light areas of Kolkata; mobilizes women in prostitution in these areas (many of them mothers to the young people DIKSHA works with) to prevent underage and second generation prostitution; runs a youth-lead 24x7 crisis intervention (especially for prevention of child sexual abuse) through linkages with lawyers and police; facilitates creative pursuits and referrals related to health and development needs of young people. Contact: 0091 33 6522 1737 (Mon-Fri, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm);

New Alipore Praajak Development Society, Kolkata: Praajak works with children, adolescents and young adults in the areas of child neglect, abuse, exploitation and the juvenile justice system in urban and rural West Bengal; provides information on child rights and referrals on non-medical development concerns of children and adolescents. Contact: Sanhita Sen at 0091 90070 62034 or Bipul Thakur at 0091 97481 05225; no service charge.

Countering human trafficking

Sanlaap, Kolkata: Works for the rights of trafficked and other vulnerable children, including issues of child marriage, forced domestic labour and sexual exploitation of girls and boys living on the streets, in slums and red light areas – covers West Bengal (also other parts of India and neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Nepal for rescue and reintegration); runs shelter homes, medical and legal aid services, mental health interventions, educational, cultural and livelihood programmes, and other child and youth development initiatives. Contact: 38B Mahanirban Road, Kolkata 700 029; 0091 33 2466 2977;;

Creative pursuits

Kolkata Sanved, Kolkata: Offers dance movement therapy to children, adolescents and youth affected by violence, trafficking and HIV; young people living in red light areas, slums and villages; people living with mental illness; care givers; school/college students and faculty; social workers and corporate personnel – therapy sessions in community settings (where the learners live, study or work) are prioritized over clinic-based sessions; operates all over West Bengal and Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam cities in India, and other countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal and Thailand; conducts training of trainer courses for aspiring dance movement therapy practitioners. Contact: Sohini Chakraborty, Founder Director at Flat No. 2C, Poulomi Apartment, 23B Jatin Bagchi Road, Kolkata 700 029; 0091 33 2423 6119 (Mon-Fri, 10 am to 6 pm);;; service charge details on request.

Sapphire Creations Dance Workshop, Kolkata: Provides professional skills building in contemporary dance, fitness and movement orientation, and addresses social issues through dance; open to people from all over West Bengal and elsewhere; classes held every Tuesday and Saturday at the organization's centre in Salt Lake area of Kolkata, 5.30 to 8.30 pm. Contact: 0091 98362 71565; for more information, please visit

Dealing with disabilities

Sruti Disability Rights Centre, Kolkata: Provides information and counselling on all kinds of disabilities – covers Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal. Contact: 5A, R. K. Ghosal Road, Kolkata 700 042;; no service charge.

World Without GNE Myopathy India: Aims to generate awareness in the larger public and clinicians on GNE myopathy, a rare genetic disorder that manifests itself in early adulthood and leads to progressive wasting of muscles of legs and hands; supports research efforts to find a cure for the disease and informs patients about clinical trials and other resources. Contact: Shilpi Bhattacharya at; for more information please visit; no service charge.

Dealing with incest / child sexual abuse

RAHI, Delhi / Kolkata: Provides support and therapeutic services (individual therapy, group therapy and survivor social action) for women (18+ years) survivors of incest / child sexual abuse, non-abusive family members of victims and survivors, and partners of survivors; provides direct individual therapy in Delhi and referrals for individual therapy in Kolkata; provides group services (two-day survivor healing workshops and Firebird programme for survivor social action) and referral services in Delhi, Kolkata and other cities; conducts education and training on incest / child sexual abuse for social workers, mental health professionals, college students, school teachers, parents and corporate sector in Delhi, Kolkata and other parts of India.

Contact for information: Delhi – 0091 11 4160 7055 (Mon-Fri, 11 am to 4 pm),; Kolkata –

Contact for counselling: Delhi –; Kolkata –

For more information, please visit; service charge – individual therapy Rs.800-1,200 per hour (subsidized rates on discretion), other charges decided on as and when basis.

Dealing with rural and urban poverty

Responsible Charity, Kolkata: Provides educational support to children and adults in slums of Kolkata, generates donations of used clothes in good condition and stationery supplies for slum communities, provides emergency services – medical / hygienic supplies / fire relief – to slum communities. Contact: 22 Shaktigarh, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032; 0091 33 4004 8442 (Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am to 5 pm; Tue, Thu: 10 am to 8 pm);; Facebook:

Dealing with substance abuse

Empathy Foundation, Kolkata: Provides residential treatment and rehabilitation for people addicted to drugs, alcohol and other substances, people with obsessive compulsive disorders, and individuals (adolescents and adults) with lifestyle concerns; families and friends of clients are included in the treatment and rehabilitation advice and support; covers Kolkata and neighbouring areas. Contact: 14 Santoshpur East Road, Kolkata 700 075; 0091 80134 35571 (Indranil Mukherjee), 80177 48152 (Avik Sarkar), 89107 27590 (Michael Das) – available 24x7;; Facebook:; service charge based on treatment needs.

Gender, sex and sexuality

All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association, Imphal: Brings together community groups of transgender and other queer people in Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Thoubal and other districts of Manipur and facilitates access to legal aid and social welfare schemes; organizes public awareness and community events at the North-East India regional level. Contact: Santa Khurai, Secretary at; no service charge.

Amitie’ Trust, Domjur: Provides emotional support and human rights-based services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Hooghly and Howrah districts of West Bengal. Contact: Aparna Banerjee, Managing Trustee at 0091 98748 71578 (Mon-Fri, 12-7 pm) or; no service charge.

Gaylaxy  Empowering Expressions, Online Magazine: Provides news and views on health, law, politics, music, cinema, literature, activism and other issues of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in India and elsewhere. Published in English and Hindi. Contact:; Facebook:; Twitter handle: @gaylaxymagazine.

Humsafar Trust, Mumbai: Provides emotional and community support, information, counselling, STI/HIV prevention, care, support and treatment, nutrition advice and legal aid to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including those living with HIV, in Mumbai Metro and Thane areas; counselling services cover issues of gender and sexuality, coming out, marriage pressure, relationships, family counselling, spouse disclosure and health; runs resource-cum-drop-in-centre for community events and provides access to books and films on gender and sexuality. Contact: Koninika Roy at 0091 22 2667 3800, 2665 0547 (Mon-Fri, 12-8 pm);; for e-counselling write to; no service charge.

Madhya Banglar Sangram, Baharampur: Provides community support, information and counselling on gender, sexuality and sexual health, referrals for STI/HIV counselling, testing and treatment, anti-violence and crisis intervention support to trans, Hijra, Kothi and gay people in Murshidabad district of West Bengal; publishes journal Padakshep; organizes mass awareness campaigns and other community events, including theatre. Contact: Arunava Nath at 0091 96798 53039;; Facebook:; toll-free helpline at 18003453332; no service charge.

Orinam, Chennai: Provides peer / community support, information on gender and sexuality (both online and offline), counselling, legal aid and crisis intervention support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their parents, other family members and friends in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. Contact:  (contact form at; Twitter handle: @ChennaiPride; (all emails answered within 24-48 hours) – if you want to be called back, please leave name, phone number and best time to call in your email messages.

Sappho for Equality, Kolkata: Provides emotional support, information, counselling and legal aid to lesbians, bisexual women, female-to-male trans persons and others with non-normative sexual orientations / gender identities in eastern India; runs Chetana resource-cum-drop-in-centre for members, newcomers and people seeking information on gender and sexuality issues; publishes newsletter Swakanthe (In Our Own Voice) in English and Bengali; organizes life skills workshops, academic conferences, mass awareness campaigns, film festivals and carnivals; membership open primarily to lesbians, bisexual women and female-to-male trans persons. Contact: Akanksha, Chief Coordinator at, Poushali Basak, Program Officer at; Chetana Resource Centre, Sree Niketan, Flat 3, 30/3 Rajdanga Main Road (East), Narkelbagan, Kolkata 700 107, open all days 12-8 pm except Mon; helpline 0091 98315 18320 (10 am to 9 pm); no service charge.

Swikriti, Kolkata: Provides community support, information and counselling on gender, sexuality and sexual health, referrals for STI/HIV and tuberculosis counselling, testing and treatment, legal aid and livelihood support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in northern Kolkata, neighbouring areas in North 24 Parganas district and Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia districts of West Bengal; publishes journal Swikriti Patrika in English and Bengali. Contact: Susanta Pramanik, President at;; helpline 0091 94343 33642 (daily 10 am to 12 pm and 5-9 pm) and 0091 98317 43608 (7-10 pm weekdays, 10 am to 7 pm weekends); no service charge but professionals / agencies referred to may have service charges.

The Kinky Collective: Shares information and builds understanding about bondage, domination, sado-masochism (BDSM), kink and associated issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, consent and safety through workshops and online spaces; undertakes sensitization of the general public, social activists, media persons and mental health professionals through meetings, presentations and cultural events. Contact:

Xukia, Guwahati: Provides community support, information and counselling on gender and sexuality issues to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other queer people in Assam; operates a peer support helpline; supports Queerstion, an independent students collective for dialogue on gender and sexuality; publishes multi-lingual newsletter The Forbidden: Ek Xukia Dristanto; organizes life skills workshops, mass awareness campaigns, film festivals and other community events. Contact:; helpline 0091 97074 65672 (daily 3-8 pm); no service charge.

Mental health

Anjali Mental Health Rights Organization, Kolkata: Provides mental health referral services to people with psycho-social disabilities in West Bengal; runs community mental health programmes in different parts of the state: Coochbehar (Coochbehar district), Kamarhati, Khardah, Rajarhat-Gopalpur (North 24 Parganas district) and Paschim Bishnupur (South 24 Parganas district); partners government-run mental health hospitals in Berhampore (Baharampur) and Kolkata for rehabilitation measures. Contact: Sudeshna Basu at 0091 33 2290 3711 (Mon-Sat, except second Sat of the month, 11 am to 5 pm);; Facebook: The Mind Matters – Anjali Mental Health Rights Organization.

Dialogue, Mumbai: Provides relationship counselling, parenting counselling, sexuality counselling (particularly for queer people – on coming out and family support issues), HIV related counselling, psycho-social counselling, psychometric testing and psychoanalysis. 
Contact: Jarvis K. V. at 0091 97029 47131 or; Hemangi M. at 0091 98330 44776 or; consultations take place at Seawoods Hospital, Navi Mumbai (Sun, 6-8 pm) and Mandapeshwar Hospital (Sat-Sun, 5-8 pm); service charge – Rs.500 per session, charges for psychometric testing depend on nature of test administered.

Samikshani, Kolkata: A not-for-profit organization of mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, psycho-analysts and psycho-therapists) that provides counselling and a range of other mental health services at low costs; conducts mental health awareness generation for the masses, and training courses for parents, teachers, social workers and mental health professionals. Contact: 37 South End Park, Kolkata 700 029; 0091 33 2466 3504 (Mon-Sat, 11 am to 9 pm);

Support for caregivers

Caregivers Link, Delhi / Mumbai / Pune: Aims to provide support and services to people who take on the role of a caregiver at home to someone chronically or terminally ill, or ability challenged; currently in the process of creating self-help and support group resources for family caregivers to those who are mentally ill or facing mental health issues; has begun undertaking supportive, rehabilitative animal assisted activity programmes for children and adults in Delhi in collaboration with Animal Angels Foundation, and is moving towards providing animal assisted therapy; networks with caregivers, non-caregivers, medical professionals, support groups, and self-help groups; covers Delhi, Mumbai and Pune with various activities, plans to extend activities to other places as well. Contact: 0091 98198 42520 (Mon-Fri, 10 am to 1 pm) – call or send text message (SMS) with basic details;;;
Note: Caregivers Link is not an emergency service provider and neither does it have any referral linkages with emergency service providers.

Youth concerns

IDIA Charitable Trust, Bangalore / Kolkata: Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes legal education among under-privileged youth (2015-16 focus is on transgender youth and children of sex workers). IDIA conducts legal career awareness workshops for students in classes 9-12, carries out aptitude tests for students interested in studying law, provides subsidized coaching for selected students through eminent coaching centres in preparation for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) (, sponsors the CLAT forms, and places students who clear the CLAT in various national law schools according to their rankings; full scholarships are provided to students who secure a seat in the top five national law schools for the entire duration of the five-year course. IDIA also collaborates with community-based organizations to sensitize the law schools on the concerns of the youth it places with them.

See IDIA short film at and IDIA presentation at 2nd Floor, Jubilee Building, No. 45 Museum Road, Bangalore 560 025; 0091 80 4219 7924;; Kolkata contact: Sharmeen Kibria, Assistant Director, 0091 90380 08694,

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