Safe Access brings you a series of online and on-ground events as part of fulfilling its mission of building awareness among LGBTQ+ community on health and well-being. You shall find details on any upcoming events on this page.
Webinar: Panel Discussion on Conversion Therapy
Saturday, June 27th, 4 to 5:30 pm, Over Zoom
Safe Access and Law Schools’ Queer Alliance (LSQA) jointly organized a panel discussion on conversion therapy, that people of LGBTQIA+ are continue to be subjected to in India.
We put together a holistic panel that includes voices of the LGBTQIA+ civil society, mental health community and legal community to debate and discuss the following:
(1) The what and why of the so-called conversion therapy and how it harms those subjected to it
(2) Why is it still being practiced if it violates the rights of those subjected to it, from a legal standpoint
(3) What should be the response/next steps of the mental health community, legal community and LGBQIA+ civil society to move towards a future where we can put a stop to conversion therapy
The recording of the entire panel discussion is available below
Dr. L Ramakrishnan
Dr L Ramakrishnan is a public health professional, and vice president at SAATHII, an NGO working on inclusive health care, justice and social protection for communities marginalized on account of gender, sexuality and/or HIV status.
Pooja Nair has been part of the non-profit sector for over a decade. She has worked variously as a researcher, documentation consultant, trainer and now as an independent therapist. She is faculty at Mariwala Health Initiative’s Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice certificate course. She has an MPhil in social work and has worked in the areas of life skills, gender, sexuality, violence and child sexual abuse. She has also worked with adolescents on life skills development. She’s currently working on her PhD in addition to being a mental health practitioner and trainer. Pooja is a member of LABIA- a queer feminist LBT collective.
Arjun is a lawyer and psychologist with the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, Indian Law Society, Pune. After completing his B.A. LL.B. from NALSAR, Hyderabad, he worked as research assistant to the Supreme Court of India, and subsequently with the Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad for developing socio-legal interventions on access to justice. Currently, he works with a range of stakeholders for law & policy reform at the intersection of human rights, mental health, and suicide prevention in India. He is also a peer-counsellor for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Webinar : Chest Binding 101
Saturday, May 23rd, 5 to 6 pm, Over Zoom
Want to bind your chest but no idea where to start? Do you struggle with your binder? Worried about risk associated with binding?
If you are looking for answers to any of above questions then this session is for you! This session will cover basics about chest binding along with tips and tricks. We will also discuss some of the risks associated with binding and how to minimize it. This session which will be facilitated by our very own in-house expert Gautam!
About the Speaker:
Gautam RamChandra is working in the social development sector with Safe Access, based out of Delhi. He has also been a Safe Access Fellow in 2019 where he worked with health service providers and queer community in Lucknow to enlist LGBTQ+ affirmative healthcare providers. He believes in Queer-Feminism and that it’s one of the few things people shall need to save the world, eventually.