In an first for India, parents of LGBTI people came together to plan a how to best support their children. The 10 parents attended a closed door workshop in Mumbai to share experiences and to plan their future support. The main aim was to develop ways a parents’ support group could help each other. They also discussed how to help other parents who may need information or peer-to-peer counselling. They group also talked about how to become more visible in the media and society. ‘There have been parents support meets and acceptance meets in the past, organized by Gay Bombay and Yaariyan, but the parents have mostly been sharing their experiences in public,’ film director Sridhar Rangayan told LGBT Weekly. ‘This was the first time ever they got to spend an entire day with each other, sharing and discussing in a structured formal manner.
March 24 / Gay Star News