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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.

Moving Forward



Thus far, we have been consistently evolving with every year. For the past 15 years, intervention sites of our organization have expanded to include certain areas among beaches, parks, and train routes that traverse the city connecting to the suburbs. As the demographics and densities of populations in some sites changed throughout the years, the outreach has since been modified to suit the dynamics of each site.

A major step forward will be through targeting MSM who are currently involved in heteronormative marriages and behaviors. These men present a trifold risk for the spread of STIs and HIV. By engaging in extra-marital sex these men not only contract illness that is brought home to the wife, but then can further spread the infections to other partners. At Sohodoran we believe Targeted Interventions geared toward these men can help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease. We also firmly believe that our work to create a more tolerant and inclusive society will ease the burden these men feel about their sexuality.

Sahodaran is continually engaged in outreach efforts to educate and sensitize school students since they represent the leaders of our future. Our sensitization workshops range from small informal meetings of 15-20 students within our office, to large-scale gender and sexuality programs targeting 500 students at a time. We have also hosted volunteers, interns and researchers from other countries, including the United States, Uganda, Nigeria, and Japan.

Additionally, we are always seeking to promote and support our sister organizations so that we may tackle specific issues within all of the LGBTQ community together as one.

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.