Sappho for Equality, established in October 2003, is the only registered organization in Eastern India that works for the rights and social justice of sexually marginalized women and transmen (female to male transpersons). It uniquely works to create bridges between the so-called normative and non-normative populations in their society and positions gender-sexuality within existing development discourses.
A society free of sexuality-based discriminations, where rights of the sexual minorities will be ensured.
To address the issues of sexually marginalized women and female to male transpersons in society and to broaden the struggle for social equality and rights within the nation-state and beyond.
To problematize the existing idea of a sexual ‘mainstream’ as opposed to a ‘margin’ and to challenge any form of ghettoization of the margins.
To go beyond identity-based politics to a politics of standpoint; to provide a platform irrespective of gender and sexual orientation to persons who question the organized workings of homophobia, heterosexism, and both hetero and homo-normativity.
Sappho for Equality works with a three pronged approach:
Inbound or community empowerment
Outbound or addressing general civil society and networking with other groups/organisations
State-bound or advocacy/lobby with the State
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