Sahodaran maintains ongoing relationships with influential political and social figures such as community-friendly celebrities, young politicians, progressive media outlets, and religious leaders. We also work closely with religious groups and leaders to sensitize them about community issues and concerns and honoring them at events. We have established relationships with groups traditionally considered to be opposed to sexual rights, such as the Hindu Munnani and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. We draw on these community-friendly leaders for events and individual counseling to promote better acceptance of LGBTQ people within their families and in society. On average we hold two sensitization meetings a year with political leaders and about four to five meetings with religious leaders.
As a key member of the Tamil Nadu Rainbow Coalition since 2008, Sahodaran partners with fifteen other CBOs and NGOs across the state to organize large-scale events advocating for sexuality rights and the decriminalization of homosexuality. In the past year, one of our sister organizations, Thozhi, has played an instrumental role in revitalizing the currently stagnant Transgender Welfare Board in Tamil Nadu, pressuring the government to grant homes for 260 transgender women that were previously homeless.
Our organization has been engaging in mid-media communication to educate the public on both LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS issues across the State of Tamil Nadu, and to advocate for non-discrimination. Another visible contribution is the annual Pride Month in Chennai which takes place during June every year. Sahodaran facilitates the events of Pride Month by mobilizing community members and students to participate, leveraging contacts to mobilize funds, and offering the Drop In Center as a space for meetings and other purposes. Sahodaran also conducts annual day celebrations that provide a creative and empowering outlet and space for many sexual minorities to display their artistic talents. This includes members of Sahodaran who regularly perform at the Annual Koovagam festival near Villupuram, and at the annual Chennai Rainbow Pride March..