Beleaguered gay Indian women start new support group


A crowd of women in IndiaIndia: Gay women in have started a new network to support the LGBT community in marginalized northeastern India.

A group of young women July 12 announced the formation of ‘Sukia’ in northeastern Indian state of Assam, according to adding that this is the state’s first collective organization working to support the region’s LGBT community.

The group is organizing a three-day national event in the state capital of Guwahati August 8-10 next to create awareness about the rights of same-sex relations in India.

“We want to reach out to the people at the grass root level. There is too much social stigma attached to homosexuality, and gay people fear to disclose them due to this,” Meenakshi Bujorbaruah, one of the founders of Sukia told

In February, the young women, along with some volunteers, had organized the first gay pride parade in northeastern India.

The northeastern region, bordering Bangladesh, Bhutan…

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