India is all set to have its first ever holistic LGBTQ ART centre and medical clinic which is being started by one of the country’s pioneering not for profit organisation, Humsafar Trust which works relentlessly towards a variety causes for people of the LGBTQ community. To extend her support for the community, actress Richa Chadha would be present to inaugurate this unique project which has been initiated by Humsafar Trust in Mumbai.
Having been working in the space for 25 years now, HMT was founded by reputed journalist and activist Ashok Row Kavi and has been operating to help provide care and support for the sexual minorities in India. The centre will now become India’s first ever community centre to provide Anti Retroviral Therapy and holistic clinic for the LGBTQ individuals. The centre has been setup with the help of Mumbai District State AIDS Control Society (MDACS) and FHI 360.
The community-based ART centre is a pilot differentiated care supported by Government of India (GOI). Richa has always been vocal with her positive support for the community and was even amongst the ones to support the scrapping of Section 377 which later was in a landmark judgment by the Supreme Court decriminalised in 2018 and was scrapped in a positive move towards human rights in the country. The clinic will also provide mental health counselling and have specialized doctors to monitor lifestyle diseases.
Speaking about it, Richa said, “It’s great that there can be a space where people can come forward without fear of being judged, and get the mental and physical support they need. The Humsafar Trust has been working in this direction for so many years and they have a real sense of the common problems that need to be addressed. Now that #377 has been repealed, I think more such health centres should be there to help bring more inclusivity and access.”