A list of activities in relation to the LGBT community, 2009
Date & Month Events
January 5th 2009- Meeting organised by Sangama and hosted by Center for Counselling to discuss setting up a Human Rights commission for S E Asia
Jan 2009- Series of meetings with Shakti center and intensive discussions on the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care for SRS at CFC office
January 31st to April - 8 Tamil group sessions and 8 English group sessions were completed
Feb 2nd - Discussions on Peer counselling training with Mr. Aniruddh Sakthi center
Feb 23rd- Discussions on collaboration with Sakthi center
April 6th - Meeting organised by Sangama and hosted by Center for Counselling to discuss issues of violence among transgenders. This was conducted due to the highly published articles of alleged forced sex change operations by TGs to get young boys into prostitution. Plenty of heated debates and a decision to sensitise the general community on issues relating to TGs as well as within the TG community to reduce the hierarchy within the zamath.
April to May- Series of meetings, interviews to discuss pride events in June was mostly held at our office
June 18th- Meeting at the US consulate as a mark of respect to all those working on the LGBT issues. The evening was hosted by the UN Consul General at his home. All key people working on LGBT issues in Chennai were present.
June 20th- Participated in the panel discussion has happened at Spaces regarding LGBT issues.
June 21st THE HINDU had published an interview of Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, founder/Director of Center for counselling. Chennai suddenly woke up to so much of media coverage on LGBT issues. There was an interview on page 2 and a photo of the panel discussion on page 3
June 22nd- The feature film “Milk” has been screened followed by a reception at Amethyst.
June 26th- The first support group session was conducted for the parents of LGBT community at our office. Very moving for everyone. Active participation by the family and LGBT folks
June 28th Participation in the PRIDE MARCH event
June 29th Got quoted twice on front page of New Indian Express another major newspaper which gave a lot of attention to the LGBT issues. This picture is on facebook.
July Pride party at our office
August 16th Thinakaran had a super article on respecting transgendered folks written well by Vaidehi
August 28th- Meeting at Women’s development center, Gurukul – The mainstream Lutheran church had gathered people to sensitise their pastors and bring out a statement regarding including the LGBT folks in mainstream church. I got Teja and Gabriel to share in that event and their sharing made a huge impact in the statement that they came up with.
August 29th- The Support group session was conducted for the parents of LGBT community
September 21st- The Psychodrama group session was conduted for the LGBT community by Dr. Herb Propper.
November 12th and 13th - A consultation on Sexuality and Faith at Asha Nivas. Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, founder/Director of Center for counselling has done a paper presentation on the issues of LGBT, she also co-moderated a Panel Discussion with gay men and one transgendered woman.
November 14th- NDTV HINDU has interviewed Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, founder/Director of Center for counselling regarding LGBT issues
Dec 5th and 6th - National Council of Churches had organised a 2 day Theological Round Table conference on sexuality and Churches. Magdalene Jeyarathnam presented a paper and actively participated in the debates and discussions which helped the NCCI to come up with a good policy statement
December 26th and 27th - Peer counselling training has started for the members of the LGBT community. The training will be conducted only over the weekends.