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Gaydio: India’s First LGBTQ Radio Show will help People understand Gender and Sexuality in a better manner

Earlier there was a radio station by the name Q Radio which operated from Bangalore, dedicated solely to LGBT community.

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Participants dance under a a rainbow flag as they attend the sixth Delhi Queer Pride parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi. VOA

New Delhi, July 24, 2017:  India’s first LGBTQ radio show Radio ISHQ 104.8 is hosted by Harish Iyer, an LGBTQ activist and this show will not only disclose people’s narrative about their struggle stories of coming out of the closet but will also bring to light the experiences and anecdotes of individuals who have chosen a different road in life.

Gaydio being the first of its kind radio show in India hails for all inclusive love. It will serve as a platform to highlight the different voices which were silenced by the society till now, will come out in the open. It will spread the message that this is the time for people to reveal their true selves to the nation.

According to ANI report, the show is on air from July 19 and regarding this Harish Iyer said, “my intent is to keep it as inclusive and personal as possible. Radio is a very personal medium. The fact that it is a sound only medium makes it a more universal and a widely accessible medium. I am sure initiatives like these would give the listener a better understanding of gender and sexuality. This show would focus on the lives of LGBTQ people and understand that we are all the same and that #LoveIsLove without tags.”

 

Gaydo, India’s first LGBTQ Radio Show

Earlier there was a radio station by the name Q Radio which operated from Bangalore, dedicated solely to LGBT community. It was an online platform, which also had a mobile app, launched in 2013, but since 2015 there has been no active news on its existence.

Further, Shivangini Jajoria, National Head – Operations said, ” As a station, we always want to provide exceptional content to our listeners, with Gaydio we want to reinstitute the fact that Love is not conditional to sexuality. We as a station finally want to hear the unheard voices of the nation.” The new radio show will air every Sunday at 12 noon.

Here are few famous LGBTQ radio channels worldwide. In 2015, USA came up with the first online radio channel for LGBTQ- 96.7 Pride Radio in Minneapolis. Australia has its very own Only Gay and Lesbian community radio station, 94.9 Joy in Melbourne. There is a radio station in The UK by a similar name, 88.4 Gaydio. It is one of the biggest LGBT media platforms in the UK, garnering around 850,000 listeners per month.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram, Twitter @DKritika08


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Transgender Persons Bill Faces Objection by LGBTQ Community

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Urging for equality and freedom of expression, members of the LGBTQ community raised their objections against the recently passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.

“The problem is that it talks about a screening body for us. It makes begging an offence for us,” Mumbai-based transgender activist, Gauri Sawant, who was a petitioner in the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) judgement passed in 2014, said at an event here on Saturday.

People of this community are mostly shunned by their families and someone else deciding their identity is “unacceptable”.

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“Also, begging is not something that only the transgender people indulge in,” Sawant said.

Social activists, intellectuals and eminent personalities walked the ramp and held an auction as part of the fundraiser programme for the marginalised during an event ‘Third Eye’ held here.

According to Ranjita Sinha, a member of West Bengal Transgender Welfare Board, “No man or woman would like to identify as a transgender, hence there is no need of a screening committee.”

Sharing her story, Sawant said: “After knocking at the door of the Supreme Court, I got the right to adopt a child as I wanted to be a mother. But why can’t the society accept us as citizens of the nation that the Constitution talks about.”

Bengal-based transgender educationist Atri Kar talked about being bullied “not by students but fellow teachers”.

West Bengal Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya supported the cause by participating in the power walk where the likes of transgender educationist Atri Kar, and Rudrani Chettri who runs a modelling agency for the community, participated.

“More than schemes and policies, general awareness and tolerance is needed for the community. People need to be sensitive,” Bhattacharya said.

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A painting by Kalki Subramaniam, a Tamil Nadu-based transgender writer, actor and painter, was auctioned at the event. The proceeds will go for education of members of the transgender community.

“I was born as a boy and wanted to be a girl, and I express that through my paintings. I have trained more than hundred transgender artists across India,” Subramaniam said. (IANS)