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Sunil Menon-Founder/director of Sahodaran
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Vijay Sethupathi at our Transfest,2017 event
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Transfest bharathnatyam performance

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Sahodaran received many awards for its outstanding work among MSM/LGBT people. Sahodaran serves the community sincerely for more than 18 years now.

Sahodaran means “brother” in Tamil, and that sense of kinship is exactly what we strive to be for Tamil Nadu’s LGBTQ community. Since our inception in 1998 we have expanded our outreach from MSM to all LGBTQ. Today we seek to empower all sexual minorities to reach their full potential by providing a safe haven of community support, outreach, and activism. Our mission is to create a world that is safe for all people, regardless of orientation, a world without fear of violence or stigma. Sahodaran is the first CBO (community based organization) of its kind in Southern India, and one of the first in all of India, run by LGBTQ for LGBTQ.

Who We Are: For the past 20 years, Sahodaran has been a leader in the LGBTQ community in Southern India. We currently run two drop-in centers, four sister organizations. We also employ 9 full-time staff, 36 part-time staff, and 96 volunteers that includes physicians, advocates, academicians, and researchers.
What we do: We provide a hub of community support and awareness for the LGBTQ community. Through targeted interventions Sahodaran has been integral in the fight against HIV and Aids prevention and awareness throughout Chennai and southern India.
Why we do it: According to research LGBTQ populations are safer when they seek peer support. Targeted Interventions are a statistically proven methodology for reducing the spread of HIV. Through all this, education and community support are integral to the health, safety and well being of the LGBTQ community in Chennai.