• Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
  • HeadquartersIndia
  • Founded2003


Orinam, founded in 2003, is an all-volunteer unregistered collective of LGBTIQA+ people and allies based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It functions as a support, cultural and activist space. On-the-ground activities including meet-ups, peer counselling and referrals, film festivals and literary events, sensitisation workshops, and advocacy and networking with other LGBTIQA+ and other progressive groups and movements in the city, state and country. Orinam (ஓரினம்) is a Tamil word that means ‘One kind’ or ‘One community’. Their Vision is a world where individuals of all sexual orientations, genders and sex characteristics are able to access their human rights free of discrimination. Their Mission is to enhance understanding of alternate sexualities, gender identities and intersex differences among families, communities and society (with a geo-cultural Tamil Nadu, India, focus) and provide a platform for creative expression, personal and social commentary by LGBTIQA+ people of Tamil origin and their allies. Their Values include a commitment to ending sexism, homophobia, biphobia, interphobia, and transphobia, both internal and external to their communities. They also oppose prejudice based on community, caste, place of origin, (dis)ability, ethnicity, ability, religion, and other visible and invisible markers of identity. 
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Company Offices

  • India (headquarters)
  • Chennai
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India)