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LGBT+ helplines in India

Sangama a human rights organisation, has a helpful list of LGBT support groups across India on its website Sangama also runs 24-hour helplines for sexual minorities dealing with issues of harassment. They can be reached at the following numbers:
● Tel: 099 4560 1651/52
● Tel: 099 4560 1653/54
● Tel: 099 4523 1493
● Tel: 080 2343 9124 (LesBiT)
● Tel: 099 452 31494 (Samara)
Sangini (India) Trust is an NGO based in New Delhi, India working for women attracted to women and individuals dealing with their gender identity (F to M). We provide 24/7 emergency response services to LBT individuals whose human rights are being violated. Set up in 1997, under the umbrella of The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, it is the oldest non- governmental organization in India to reach out to LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) persons, and providing them with support. All our services are provided for and by the LBT community.
Are you a woman attracted to women? Were you born as a woman but feel that you are actually a man? Do you feel that you do not fit only one gender? Are you a woman who also falls in love with women? Then call the sangini helpline for emotional support.
Sangini Helpline: +91 97 17 677 152 (tuesdays and fridays, 6 to 8pm)
Helpline: 91 11 2437 7707, 24378700, 24378701
Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.
An organization for Gay and Bisexual men based in New Delhi (India), HUMRAHI was started in February 1997. Its main aim is to be a platform for discussing the needs of the gay and bisexual population of Delhi, to foster networking amongst gay men, and to create awareness about issues relevant to us. It has been working very closely with NAZ, a premier Delhi based sexual health and education NGO.
It's activities include regular meetings of the Support Group and the Advocacy Group, a tele-counselling service HUMRAZ, and a monthly newsletter DARPAN.
The Support Group of Humrahi meets every Saturday at NAZ office, D-45, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi (INDIA). The timings of the meetings are from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM. This is an open forum for gay, confused and bisexual men to discuss and share their problems, pressures and experiences of being gay. This meeting not only gives gay men an opportunity to meet each other and network, but also helps them in understanding their sexuality.  A facilitator monitors the discussions.Confidentiality is guaranteed and respected. People can leave whenever they want and nobody will ask them anything that they do not want to share. There is also no commitment of anyway.
Contact details: HUMRAHI c/o NAZ Foundation, D-45, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi
Email: humrahix@hotmail.com
The group also runs a telephone counselling service on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. on phone numbers 2685-1970 and 2685-1971 for gay and confused men. Issues relating to homosexuality,  discussed in total anonymity with trained counsellors in Hindi or English.
The can be contacted at +91 11 41325042; 011 40793157/58
Helpline: 26472229, Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm
TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) works towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives in an effort to enable them to enjoy lives of dignity, freedom from fear, infection and reproductive and sexual health problems.
Helpline: 9711282081/ 9711282307 Wed from 4-7pm and Sat from 4-7pm
Qashti is a feminist non-profit, non-funded collective for and by lesbian, bisexual, FTM trans and genderqueer people who have been assigned female at birth (LBQTGFAB). This group was formed by a group of friends and aims at providing a safe space for LBQTGFAB across socio-economic classes.
Activist Collective doing community work in issues of queers, blood donors, drug users, women, HIV positive people, law, health and education.
Address: Post Box 5308, New Delhi - 100 053.
PRISM - People for Rights of Indian Sexuality Minorities:
PRISM, originally The Thursday Forum, is a New-Delhi based organisation which works on issues affecting all sexuality minorities. Contact: Akshay, Shaleen, Jaya, Lesley, Dipika
Email: prism_delhi@yahoo.co.in
Contact person : Anand Grover, Project Director
Address : 63/2 Masjid Road, 1st Floor, Jangpura,
New Delhi, Pin 110 014
Phone : 011 2432 1101 / 1102, 2431 6925
Fax : 011 2432 1101
E-mail : aidslaw@vsnl.com / aidslaw1@ndb.vsnl.net.in
Website : www.lawyerscollective.org
  Aanchal is the first helpline solely for lesbian and bisexual women in Mumbai, India. The phone number is (022) 370 4709. It has basically arisen because of the complete invisibility that lesbians and bisexual women have had and continue having in the city. Women who are isolated and fearful of others discovering their sexuality now have a safe place to interact with like-minded women. Aanchal means the sheltering folds of a woman's saree. The phone is attended by a counselor on Saturdays between 3pm and 7pm. Confidentiality is assured.
An NGO working with LGBT issues, counselling, sexual health and others. Drop-In Centre for gay men and lesbians. Meets on Friday 6 to 9 pm.
Humsafar can be contacted on: 022- 26673800. Or, email them on info@humsafar.org
A group for Bisexual women, lesbians, MSM in general, transgender people, male sex workers and their clients
Contact person : Jasmir Thakur, Secretary
Address : 602, Debonair, 153 B V. S. Marg, Mahim, Mumbai, Pin 400 016
Phone : 022 2446 7543, E-mail : samabhav@vsnl.com Website :www.samabhavana.org
Address: 7/10, Botawalla Building, 2nd Floor, Horniman Circle, Fort Mumbai - 400023
Tel: 022-2676213 / 9 Fax: 022-2702563
Email: aidslaw@vsnl.com , Website: http://www.hri.ca/partners/lc
  a Bombay-based autonomous, voluntary collective of lesbian and bisexual women and transpersons, with a focus on queer and feminist activism.  Since our inception in 1995, our foremost concern has been to break the isolation and invisibility around queer lives in multiple ways. To that end, we organise discussions and events in the city for queer and queer friendly people, consistently interact with students in city colleges on issues of gender and sexuality, run a film club, publish a queer zine and run a phone line for LBT persons.
  Yaariyan Helpline:
022 2667 3800Info: the youth wing (ages 18 to 28) of Indian LGBT activists Humsafar Trust
DAI WELFARE SOCIETY (For transgenders/hijras)
Contact person : Lata Guruji, President
Address : Opposite A Block, Opposite 2nd Masjid, Tata Nagar, Govandi, Mumbai, Pin 400 043, Phone : 022 2558 5198
E-mail : dai_welfare_society@rediffmail.com
Contact person : Anindya Hajra, Coordinator
Address : P251/B Purna Das Road, Calcutta, Pin 700 029
Phone : 033 2464 1893, E-mail : pratyaygendertrust@yahoo.co.in
Target populations : Hijras, MSM
Contact person : Anis Ray Chaudhuri, Assistant Secretary
Phone : 033 3103 8554, E-mail : amitie_chandannagar@yahoo.co.in
Target populations : MSM in general
Contact person : Mrinal Kanti Dutta, Chairperson
Address : 12/5 Nilmoni Mitra Street, Calcutta, Pin 700 006
Phone : 033 2543 7451 / 7560
Target populations : Male sex workers
Address : 98 M, Das Para, James Long Sarni, Thakurpukur, Calcutta, Pin 700 069
Phone : 033 2497 0143 / 0155
Target populations : Bisexual women, lesbians, MSM in general, transgender people
Contact person : Pawan Dhall, Chief Coordinator
Address : CD 335, Sector I, Salt Lake City, Calcutta, Pin 700 064
Phone : 033 2334 7329, E-mail : saathii@yahoo.com / pawan30@yahoo.com
Website : www.saathii.org
Target populations : MSM in general, male sex workers, transgender people, bisexual women, lesbians
Contact person : Rajarshi Chakraborty, Secretary
Phone : 0 98301 82419 E-mail : swikriti2003@hotmail.com
Target populations : Bisexual women, lesbians, MSM in general, transgender people
Helpline: 91 33 2441 9995 (12 pm – 8 pm except Mondays) 098315 18320 (10 am – 9 pm)
Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Women who are feeling unsafe, alone, under pressure, socially ostracized and need counseling can reach us through letters, emails and over telephone. We pledge full confidentiality. All like minded persons irrespective of gender and sexual orientation supporting our cause over 18 years of age can also contact us to strengthen our movement.
  Contact person : Dr. L. Ramakrishnan,
Country Director (Programs and Research)
Address : C/o ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Tamil Nadu Center,110, Nelson Manickam Road, 3rd Floor Chateau d'AmpaAminjikarai, Chennai, Pin 600 029
Phone : 044 2374 1118, E-mail : saathii@yahoo.com / ramakrishnan@saathii.org
Website : www.saathii.org
Target populations : support/empowerment of all non-heterosexual and transgender people regardless of self-identification; awareness-raising of alternate sexualities and gender issues among the heterosexual population.
  An LGB Organization: “To create awareness and educate the society on sexual identification and orientations; developing sensitivity and empathy towards challenges faced by the LGB community; building acceptance and providing equal opportunities in the interest of the welfare of the community; and to extend support and empowerment to establish a sustainable lifestyle across all age groups through workshops, campaigns & seminars, Youth forums, local outreach, social networking and employment opportunities.”
Chennai Dost Helpline: 9551630213
An NGO working for social, economic, political and human rights for marginalized communities in Tamilnadu. Activities include crisis-support to LGBT individuals and sex workers, and advocacy for decriminalization and equal rights.
  Contact details:
Helpline: 98406-99776
  A support group for LGBT people. Meets every Thursday between 7pm and 9.00pm.
Address: 201 Samaraksha, 2nd Floor Royal Corner, 1-2 Lalbang Rd, Bangalore
Phone : 080 223 0959 (Sahaya helpline, Tue / Fri : 7-9 pm)
Email: goodasyoubangalore@yahoo.com
Web Address: http://www.geocities.com/goodasyoubangalore/
  A resource centre on sexuality issues focussing on LGBT issues. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Helplines: 080-23416940/ 23412940
Address: 1st Floor, No.7, 8th Main, 3rd Phase, Domlur 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560 071.
Ph: 080 2242 1162
Contact person : Elavarthi Manohar, Programme Co-ordinator
Office Address : Flat No. 13, 3rd Floor, Royal Park Apartment, 34 Park Road, Tasker Town, Bangalore, Pin 560 051
Email: sangama@vsnl.net
Web Address: http://www.sangamaonline.org/
WHaQ! (We’re Here and Queer) is a support group for Lesbian, Bi and Queer, Questioning and Transwomen and was set up in 2009. The primary goal is to create support, promote fellowship, cause awareness and increase visibility of Queer women in Bangalore. WHaQ! Meets every Wednesday and every other Saturday.
Helpline: +91 70 22222 180
Queer Campus Bangalore seeks to provide a safe and comfortable space to young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer individuals and allies to come together, share, collaborate, and just be themselves without the fear of being made fun of, ostracized, or misunderstood.
Helpline: 080 2223 0959
Support group for gay men.
Street No. 10
New Bakaram, Gandhi Nagar
Hyderabad 500 080, Andrha Pradesh
Phone:  (040) 2767-4757, (040) 2768-4688
Email: info@saathii.org
QCH iS a hyderabad based independent queer student group. its an initiative to provide comfortable space for LGBT people of hyderabad to meet and talk about anything related to queer. QCH organizes meets on every weekends which are free of cost and open for all.
MORE INFO: http://queercampusonline.blogspot.in/
Plot No. N3/301,
IRC Village, Nayapalli
Bhubaneswar 751 015, Odisha
Phone: (0674) 255-2845
Email: info@saathii.org
Plot No.28, Shree Sai Ashish, 2nd Floor
S.B.I Colony, Raj Nagar,
Chhaoni, Katol Road,
Nagpur 440 013, Maharashtra,
Phone: (0712) 258-3889
Email: info@saathii.org
4th Floor, Rajabari Road,
Near Singh Arts & Publicity
New Checkon
Imphal 795 002, Manipur
Phone (Mobile):  09612161362
Sahayatrika Helpline (Kerala)
for lesbian, bisexual women and transgender people.
Call on Thursday, Friday, Saturday between 4 pm – 7 pm, phone +91-9744955866 and email sahayatrika@gmail.com
D-62, Ground Floor,
Near Chomu House,C Scheme
Jaipur 302 001, Rajasthan
Phone: (0141)  396-4148


  • Magdalene Jeyarathnam, Center for Counselling – provides individual and group counselling services that are LGBT affirmative, offers training to counsellors and other mental health professionals on sexuality issues, among other program areas. Contactinfo@centerforcounselling.org or call +91 98847 00135
  • Sneha Suicide Prevention Helpline – please call +91 44 2464 0050 or +91 44 2464 0060any time of the day or night, or email help@snehaindia.org
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  • Orinam (formerly MP/Movenpick): support and resources for LGBT people and their families, awareness-raising on issues of sexuality and gender-identity, cultural programming, and referrals. Contact orinamwebber@gmail.com or leave a text message at +91 98415 57983 or message us on our Facebook
  • Sahodaran – Kothis, DDs and other MSM in Chennai (offline group, offering HIV prevention and drop-in services). Contact sahodaranchennai@gmail.com, call +91 44 2374 0486 from 11am to 6 pm – Monday to Friday, or reach Jaya at +91 98418 65423
  • Social Welfare Association for Men – Kothis, DDs and other MSM/TG in Chennai (offline group, offering HIV prevention and drop-in services). Contact sekar_swam@rediffmail.com or call +91 44 2374 0486 from 11am to 6 pm – Monday to Friday, or +91 98403 37656

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