Class, Gender & Human Rights: Understanding Female-born Sexual Minorities in India

Published on Oct 18, 2007

Class, Gender, & Human Rights: Understanding Female-born Sexual Minorities in India” Panel Discussion and Fundraiser

USA- New York

Co-sponsored by:
SALGA (South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association)
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Thursday, October 18, 2007
7pm – 9pm
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington
(F train to 2nd Avenue)
Suggested donation $10 – $50

Please join SALGA and Astraea for this important discussion and opportunity to support activists working with sexual minorities in India to raise critical funds for skills building, crisis intervention, outreach and other ongoing programs. This event will highlight some of the issues facing female-born sexual minorities in India by focusing on LesBiT, a collective of Lesbian, Bisexual women and female-to-male Trans-men. LesBiT is part of Sangama, a human rights organization based in Bangalore, India, that works with sexual minorities.

Panelists will include:

  • Manohar Elavarthi: Founder and former Executive Director of Sangama
  • Svati Shah: Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Wellesley College.
  • Krittika Ghosh: Research & Outreach Coordinator at Connect New York
  • Lauren Logiudice and Sonia J. Cheruvillil: Past American India Foundation Service Corps fellows at Sangama and LesBiT.
  • Moderated by Bhavana Nancherla: Past American India Foundation Service Corps fellow at LEPRA Society, Hyderabad.


You are also invited to an informal reception with the panelists on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 from 5-7pm at Leela Lounge, 1 West 3rd Street (between Broadway & Mercer)

Sangama is a sexuality minorities human rights organization for individuals oppressed due to their sexual preference. We especially emphasize the concerns of sexuality minorities from poor and/or non-English speaking backgrounds, sexual minority sex workers who otherwise have little or no access to information and resources. LesBiT is a support group for Lesbians/Bisexual Women and Transgenders. For more information, please email or visit their website at . See also

SALGA-NYC is a social, political and support group for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people who trace their descent from countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet as well as people of South Asian descent from countries such as Guyana and Trinidad. You may Contact SALGA at: or 212-358-5132. Further information about SALGA is available on its web site at

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally.