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It was a moment of recognition for many among the LGBTQI community when on October 19, 2014, a popular talk show such as Satyamev Jayate aired an episode highlighting the issues sexual minorities face in India.
When Reliance Foundation through Satyamev Jayate donated Rs 50 lakh to two prominent organizations — The Humsafar Trust (Mumbai) and The Naz Foundation Trust (Delhi) — working towards equal rights and health care for the LGBTQI community in India, it was great moment of joy for them.
Gopalan on the other hand said that Naz Foundation will be primarily be used to restart their MSM (men who have sex with men) helpline numbers which had to be shut down due to lack of funds in 2013. "We have two individuals handling the helplines and three for the outreach program and a doctor on call for home based care as well," she said. The Naz Foundaiton will allocate approximately 60% of the funds to the functioning of their helpline, outreach activities and medical help facilities. About Rs 20 lakh will be used to continue the work being done in the health sector for children living with HIV. The foundation works with lawyers who have been lead the petition against section 377 that criminalizes homosexuality however since this is done pro bono, the funds will used for helping other critical areas of work.
The Humsafar Trust is a community based organization of self identified gay men, MSM, transgender, Hijras and LBT persons in Mumbai started since 1994. The Naz Foundation had spearheaded the fight for reading down of Article 377 of the Indian penal code and continues to work in the sphere of LGBTQI rights in India.
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