Sexual Minorities

The 2011 census gave 4.9 lakhs as the official count of the third gender in India. Transgender activists estimate the numbers to be six to seven times higher. Of the total number of transgenders identified by the census, almost 55,000 are in the 0-6 population – indicating that many parents are identifying their children as belonging to the third gender. This is all the more heartening as the census counting happened well before the Supreme Court order gave legal recognition to the third gender in April 2014.

However, despite the legal status, almost all sexual minorities – LGBTQI continue to face psychological, social as well as medical discrimination and are systematically denied their rights by their family, teachers and society at large.

Enfold believes that all people are equally human, with equal right to safety and dignity. Biological and genetic factors determine one’s gender identity and orientation and that it is NOT a choice. This misconception is at the heart of discrimination and violence against sexual minorities. Enfold includes a discussion on this in all its sessions on sexuality education from std 8 onwards. We strive to avoid the use of sexual binary and gendered language as far as possible.

Activities of Enfold in the area of empowerment of sexual minorities include:

  • Work with School and College Students – Since the young minds are the best receivers of new ideas and the best critical thinkers, Enfold discusses the biological factors responsible for determining human sexual orientation and gender identity from std 8 onwards. We also discuss myths and facts associated with the community and help students develop empathy by narrating real life examples.
  • Collaboration with specific NGOs that work for LGBTQ community. Enfold takes students of diploma courses to interact with the community members and invites senior members of the community to conduct interactive sessions.
  • Participation in Pride Event – Enfold has and continues to participate in the Pride event
  • Corporate Support – Enfold helps Companies draft their Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policies to be gender neutral, and create an inclusive environment for their employees. Enfold faculty conducts sessions for employees who are looking for support, guidance and information in this area, or are welcoming a colleague from the LGBTQI community.
  • Counselling and Coordinating with Counselling/Medical Institutions – Dr Sangeeta Saksena provides psycho-social counselling to individuals and their families undergoing / contemplating transition. Dr Shaibya Saldanha provides gynecological and other medical support to individuals undergoing transition.
  • The Value: Enfold’s sessions on sexual diversity offer a scientific, empowering explanation and foster respect and acceptance of our differences. In this way we believe we help foster a healthy society

    Please contact info@enfoldindia.org if you would like our programs to be conducted at your organization or if need our support.