Published On : Sat, Nov 1st, 2014

Sarathi Trust holds Diwali Milan for LGBT group

A new web-site launched where Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders can register their complaints, problems, get counseling etc.

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Sarathi Trust which fights for the rights of Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people had organized a Diwali Milan in the city on October 29, 2014.

While speaking exclusively to Nagpur Today, Chairman of Sarathi Trust Anand Chandrani said that real progress has been made towards LGB&T equality in recent years even in our city. He claimed that the English media in Nagpur has been very supportive of us. However, he alleged that bullying, thrashing, tragic incidents of hate are faced by Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people. The outdated prejudice because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is felt by many of our LGBT.
He claimed that Sarathi works to remove barriers that Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender people in order to advance their opportunities in all areas of life, including family, work and schools.

Anand also claimed that they are working towards an action plan for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality and to reinforce their commitment to LGB&T’s equality According to Anand, the Equality Action Plan includes recognition of the LGBT community. Preventing and fighting against hate crimes, promoting the rights of LGBT especially in businesses, schools and health services.

During the Diwali Milan Sarathi Trust launched their website According to Chairman of Sarathi Trust Anand Chandrani, this website is dedicated exclusively for the LGBT community. The LGBT community members can register with them and avail of various services which they provide. These services include counseling of those members who are mulling or considering suicide to escape harassment from the family and society. They can get other services like free condoms (specially made for Gays and Transgender people), medical services etc.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a powerful essay for Bloomberg Businessweek

In the essay, published on October 30, 2014, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his sexuality until now: “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”He described how his sexuality has given him an acute social perspective.

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While speaking his heart out, he is quoted to have said “Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple”. Cook’s sexuality has been a point of speculation for quite some time.

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