Sahodaran was formed in 1998 to support and advance the rights of men who have sex with men. Since then, they have expanded their focus to the larger gender and sexual minority population by providing health services, crisis intervention and access to rights and entitlements for community members.
Geography: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Vikalp was founded in 1996 to work with tribal women beyond education in Gujarat. They played an important role in introducing the Nari Adalat model. In their work with single women, they found that many were lesbian or bisexual. Since the early 2000s, they moved towards working with these women and trans people across Gujarat through a network of community members.
Geography: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chhota udepur, Kheda, Anand, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagadh, Surat, Kutch, and Modasa districts of Gujarat
Sappho for Equality was formed in 2003. They are one of the oldest organisations working with lesbian and bisexual women and trans men in the country. They conduct awareness-building sessions with external stakeholders, run a resource centre, and provide crisis intervention support through their helpline, drop-in center, emergency relocation, and counselling services for community members.
Geography: Kolkata and its surrounding districts, West Bengal
Tweet Foundation was formed in 2017 to work with all transgender people, but primarily with trans men. They connect community members across the country with counseling services, skill-building, jobs, healthcare services, and information on legal and healthcare developments. They conduct awareness and sensitisation sessions with workplaces, potential employers and college students.
Geography: New Delhi
Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII) was established in 2002 to support communities that are vulnerable or face violence because of their gender identity, sexuality, or HIV status. They work with transgender people through comprehensive programmes that address healthcare needs, violence, community organising, and access to government benefits.
Geography: Odisha, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Nagaland
Promotion and Advancement of Justice Harmony and Rights of Adivasis (PAJHRA) was set up in 2002. They work on the promotion and strengthening of community institutions and leaders from the Adivasi communities, with a focus on the inclusion of Adivasis in the democratic process, strengthening CBOs and leaders, and Adivasi identity and culture.
Geography: Karbi Anglong & Golaghat districts in Assam
Prerak was established in 1988. They work with vulnerable communities including Adivasis focusing on disability, sustainable tribal livelihood, and land rights. Their inteventions include securing Individual Forest Rights (IFR), Community Forest Rights (CFR) and enabling access to welfare schemes and entitlements for Adivasi communities.
Geography: Gariyaband district, Chhattisgarh
Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram was established in 1970 to promote people’s rights over land/forest/livelihood resources, enhancement of agriculture, soil and water conservation, and advocacy for better laws and practices through community mobilisation and leadership training.
Geography: Balaghat, Betul, Dhar, Jhabua, Mandla, Morena, Raisen, Sagar, Sheopur and Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh
Prayog Samaj Sevi Sansthan was established in 1982. They work towards organising and training Adivasis to improve their livelihoods through community control over natural resources, including water, forest, and land. They support Adivasi communities by mobilising and capacity building, developing a cadre of community leaders, and facilitating the implementation of the Forest Rights Act.
Geography: Bilaspur, Dhamtari, Gariyaband, Kabeerdham, Koriya, Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon districts in Chhattisgarh