Issues of Lesbian Group

ICWO is seeking to address the issues which lesbian face within Chennai as patriarchal systems and moralistic attitudes towards lesbians within the city continue to prevent many from coming out. Such discriminatory and oppressive views can cause a variety of psychological and emotional issues for these concerned women.


Lesbian Helpline

ICWO began to address these issues in 2009 by initiating Chennai’s first lesbian helpline as a response after two married women committed suicide in North Chennai in May 2008, due to their relationship being prohibited.

ICWO estimates that there are many women within the city who are in a dilemma about accepting their sexual orientation, are fearful of others finding out about it, may be experiencing isolation or are facing harassment or discrimination for having spoken out about it.

Support group for Lesbians

As a response to theses concerns ICWO has engaged in creating a peer led women’s LGBTIQ support group, for those who identify as women who are interested on another women. The aim of the group is to create a safe social space where Lesbian can share their experiences and talk openly about their sexuality. ICWO is not only committed to raising awareness about LGBTQ women’s issues but also committed to addressing the issues identified by supporting the peer led support group which will meet periodically once every two months, but they are continuing to operate a lesbian helpline.

To Improve Service Provision

Step 01

Engage in explorative research into the experiences of lesbians within Chennai

Step 02

Set up a panel of support including counselors, lawyers and LGBT activists

Step 03

Plan to hold workshops to identify the specific needs of this population.


Consultation Meet by law enforcement agency and Transgender

ICWO and THAA organized this meet in order to create a mutual understating between law enforcement agency and Transgender.

The program was inaugurated by Mr. Johnson inspector of police CMDA Koyambedu Mofusal bus station police station and other dignitaries are MS. Kruba-THAA Secretary, Mr.A.J. Hariharan, Secretary, ICWO, Mr.Nallappa-Friend of Police. Representatives from Various NGO and CBO participated in the consultation.

  • 7th August 2014
  • ICWO Head Office, Anna Nagar West
  • Chennai-600 040, India

Objective of the consultation:


To identify the challenges in promoting law and order in Koyambedu market place.


To identify factors that influences bad image of transgender and develop strategies to overcome.


To explore strategies and strengthen partnership between law enforcement agency and transgender community.


Exploring possibilities of providing basic assistance for transgender through field activities, for example referral services for short stay home, night shelter, legal aid services and educational institution with boarding facilities.

Recommendation from the consultation


We would like to acknowledge the financial support of TANSACS, UNAIDS & ACTIONAID. We also thank the media for its wide coverage in print media and Television. This program was telecasted in NDTV, NDTV-Hindu, CNN-IBN, Raj News, Zee Tamil TV, Amirtha TV, Manorama News, ANI, Sahara TV, Jaya TV, India Vision News and in print media, it was flashed in Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, Dinathanthi, Dina Mani, Dinakaran, Dina Malar, Malayala Manorama, Mathraboomi, Enaadu, Sakshi, Malai Malar,Chennai Murasu, Sadai Times, PTI, AFP and India today. ICWO also acknowledges those supporters who contributed in kind - Rotarian M.Mythili,President, Rotary Club of Chennai, Gemini, Ms.D.Kamakshi, General Secretary, State Women Wing, Chennai, Mr.A.Prabhu, Managing Director, Latha Roadlines, Anna Nagar, Chennai, Lakshmi Enterprises, MMDA, Chennai and Sreshta Communications, Chennai

Miss. India Contest for Transgender 2009

Objectives of Miss. India Contest for Transgender 2009

To create an opportunity for the Transgender Community to showcase their talent and skills.To create a platform to address the issues related to transgender.

To address the stigma, discrimination, marginalization and misconception related to Transgender community through the event with the support of Media Develop and disseminate positive messages regarding transgender.

Disseminate information on STI/HIV/AIDS information among Transgender.Disseminate information vulnerability and risk of HIV infection among Transgender community

Outcome of the contest


There were appropriate materials related to HIV, Prevention, care and support, reduction in stigma and reduction in specific focus on HIV / AIDS. Leaflets and brochures were exhibited in the vents. There were two counselors available to provide counseling services for those who are in need and help them in risk reduction techniques. Handouts were made available for participants to take away to their intervention sites. A short film on HIV/AIDS was screened whenever there were small gatherings.