Under the aegis of Generation Equality Forum, the network of Alliances Françaises in India (AF Ahmedabad, AF Pune & AF Trivandrum) celebrates International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, 2021 in partnership with the French Institute in India, MIST, Sahodari Foundation and Lakshya Trust.

On 17 May 2021, join us for two discussions:

Event 1: Busting Myths and Misconceptions 
When: 1 pm onwards
Where: Zoom webinar 
Register here

Woke culture has encouraged us to educate ourselves on several issues, including the socio-cultural conversations around the LGBTQ+ community. However, gender and sexuality are complex to understand, and often get reduced to myths, stereotypes and over-simplification.

In this session, Shyam Konnur will guide us on how to be a better ally and how to stay ‘woke’ while navigating the changing landscapes of gender, sexuality and identity in the present day.

Event 2: LGBTQ+ | Where do we stand today?
When: 6 pm onwards
Where: Zoom webinar
Register here

The Honorable Supreme Court of India made 2 historic judgements in the past decade with regards to the LGBT community. The first one called the NALSA judgement pronounced in 2014 recognised the rights and existence of the Transgender community for the first time. The second was the amendment of Sec 377 of IPC pronounced in Sep 2018 which decriminalised the homosexual act.

On the occasion of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17th May 2021, we invite you to be part of the discussion on the consequences of the legal recognition for the LGBT and its way forward!

Moderated by: Manvendra Singh Gohil (Lakshya Trust)

– Kalki Subramaniam (Transgender rights activist and artist, poet and founder of Sahodari Foundation)
– Rahul Upadhyay (Gay activist)
– Usha Sushil Kumar (Environmental activist)
– Winnie Chopra (Veteran lesbian)

About the Panelists

Register for the panel discussion here. For queries, write to [email protected].


Manvendra Singh Gohil, Chairman and Co-founder at Lakshya Trust (Moderator)


Manvendra Singh Gohil is the Prince of Rajpipla and the 39th direct descendant of the 650 year old Gohil Dynasty in Western India. He is the word’s first openly gay member of a royal family. In 2000, he co-founded Lakshya Trust, a charitable organisation for the empowerment of LGBT community. Gohil is also a member of the Advisory Board of Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad.





Kalki Subramaniam, Founder at Sahodari Foundation


Kalki Subramaniam is an Indian transgender activist, artist, poet, actor and inspirational speaker. She is the founder of Sahodari Foundation, an organization which works for the social, political and economic empowerment of Transgender people in India.







Usha Sushil Kumar, Environmental Activist


“I firmly believe that all human beings irrespective of their nationality, religion, sexual preferences, colour of skin etc, need to live in harmony with one another. Society & the world at large must respect the needs of the individual”







Rahul Upadhyay, Senior Executive in Alumni Relations, Karnavati University


A passionate change maker, administrative professional, and social worker, Upadhyay founded Gandhinagar Queer Pride in November 2019 with the aim to provide a safe and social space to the queer community, to sensitize people about LGBTQ+ people. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of InterPride, the Regional Representative of Region 19 (managing pride-related affairs of 28 South Asian countries), and Co-Chair of the WorldPride Committee and Hiring Committee.




Winnie Chopra, veteran lesbian


Winnie Chopra is an out and proud lesbian since the age of 13. Her pronouns are she/her. She works as a Head of Demand Generation at an IT firm. She and her partner started an initiative to share Queer stories through Thegaygazebombay on Instagram during the lockdown last year.


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Date(s) - 17/05/2021
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