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Safe Haven for LGBTQIA+ Unveiled in Bengaluru by Raahi

Bengaluru marked a milestone in LGBTQIA+ inclusivity with the inauguration of its first short-term shelter home tailored specifically for AFAB (assigned female at birth) and transmen community members. This groundbreaking initiative, spearheaded by Raahi, a Karnataka-based organization dedicated to advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights, aims to provide essential support and sanctuary to individuals facing crises within the community.

The shelter home, officially opened on Saturday, is designed to accommodate 8-10 residents for up to 60 days, offering a safe haven equipped with round-the-clock care, mental health services, and comprehensive support. This initiative addresses a critical gap in social services for Bengaluru’s LGBTQIA+ population, particularly those confronting familial rejection or homelessness due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. Speaking on behalf of Raahi, an official highlighted the pivotal role of the shelter in providing refuge and empowerment. “Our focus is on ensuring that members of the AFAB queer, transmasculine, and intersex communities receive not just temporary accommodation but also holistic care to navigate their challenges effectively,” they remarked.

The need for such a facility is underscored by personal narratives within the community. A programme associate at Raahi shared their own journey of finding acceptance and support: “When I struggled with coming out to my family, I faced severe rejection and was pushed out. Raahi became my lifeline, offering me the sanctuary and understanding I needed.” Beyond immediate shelter, Raahi’s initiative represents a broader commitment to fostering inclusivity and dignity for LGBTQIA+ individuals in Bengaluru. The launch of this shelter aligns with ongoing efforts to promote equality and combat discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The establishment of Bengaluru’s first LGBTQIA+ shelter home signifies a significant step forward in community welfare and social justice, setting a precedent for inclusive practices and support systems in urban settings across India. As Raahi continues to expand its advocacy and service provision, the impact on the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Bengaluru promises to be profound and enduring.



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