The Humsafar Trust in 2018, after the Supreme Court Judgement on Section 377, revised its strategic plan and initiated a conscious effort to reach out to LGBTQ+ communities in non-urban Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Various ways were identified under every vertical that Humsafar Trust operated in to ensure these masses do not get left out. Under the advocacy vertical, it was observed that crisis cases saw a rise after the 2018 judgment as communities started openly highlighting crimes that they earlier wouldn’t be due to the fear of getting caught themselves. While it was a good thing that these cases were being reported, there weren’t enough support systems in these towns and regions to handle community care. With an aim to offer aid, one of the ways to provide support in interior regions was to identify potential individuals who could act as leaders and lead the regional movement.
A 2-day Capacity Building workshop to train and nurture LGBTQ+ Emerging Queer Leaders in India. EQueL Workshop follows different strategy and ensure representation of various intersectionality in identifying queer voices.