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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.

About Us:

Our founder: Sunil Menonís work for the MSM community in Chennai is unprecedented. In a world that does not accept MSM, he has carved out a road for advocacy and created a community which grew to be a stronghold for the LGBTQ community of Chennai. He has worked hard to promote MSM awareness to reduce the risk for HIV transmission for the past twenty years. His work has been recognized time and again by NGOs and international organizations. Colorful, and strong, he is both an icon and the father of Chennaiís LGBTQ community.


General Manager:Jaya is the face of Sahodaran. She initiated her work with Mr.Sunil Menon.C as a peer educator and has worked her way up to the general manager position.Because of this, she has a unique understanding of the MSM community in Chennai, and has personally shaped it. She has worked to make Sahodaran the safe space and powerhouse it is today. Sahodaran, the staff and the community as a whole is her new family. Even though she is a TG Activist she has a deep connection with activist movements for the entire LGBTQ fcommunity. Jaya has dedicated her life to the LGBTQ community of Chennai, and her work has forever strengthened it.

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.