Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

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Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre! | An Online International Summer School Program | A One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course | June 2024 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning

On the occasion of Pride Month 2024, #IMPRI Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC)IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, invites you to #WebPolicyLearning

An Online International Summer School Program

A One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course on

Beyond Binaries – Cohort 2.0: LGBTQIA+ Narratives #WeAre!

Details of the #WebPolicyLearning:
Dates: June (2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 2024
Five Consecutive Sundays
Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom

Course Fee: INR 6000 (inclusive of GST)
Early Bird Discounted Fee (till May 1) :
For Professionals: INR 3800 | For Students: INR 2900
Additionally, Bulk Discounts can be availed for groups of more than 5 participants
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‘I am what I am, so take me as I am’.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In light of the recent Marriage Equality judgement in the Supreme Court that denied same-sex couples the right to marry, it is important to equip ourselves with the right analytical tools and frameworks to grasp the complexities of LGBTQIA+ issues in India. A historical overview of the LGBTQIA+ community in India and their journey of trials and tribulations through the long legal battles coupled with the prevailing sociocultural stigma needs to be examined to understand the role of the state and its responses in terms of public policy towards sexual minorities. This One-Month Immersive Online Certificate Training Course will be a potent tool for engagement, persuasion, coalition-building, and perception shaping within LGBTQIA+ rights and equality. It will render complex issues pertinent to the community comprehensible and relatable, facilitating engagement among policymakers and the broader public. An instrument in building coalitions among diverse stakeholders, uniting queer individuals, allies, and advocacy groups behind a common cause, shared narratives of resilience, identity, and belonging foster solidarity and amplify collective voices in policy advocacy efforts. Additionally, shapes perceptions of LGBTQ+ issues, influencing public opinion, media discourse, and policy debates. The horizons of the course will extend to include health disparities and exacerbating global inequalities in this domain. Questions of inclusivity and legalisation will be addressed in recognition of their rights. 

Therefore, building on the success of the first cohort of Beyond Binaries: Understanding Sexual Identities and Queer Rights in India, this course, by centring diverse queer narratives, mobilises policymakers to challenge stereotypes, dismantle stigmas, and promote greater social acceptance and inclusion. Thus contributing to legitimising queer-inclusive policies by providing compelling justifications rooted in equality, dignity, and justice principles.

Apart from being a lecture series, the course will provide a safe space where consent is at its core. It will include film discussions and interactive sessions where participants can interact openly with the panelists and each other. This course will be conducted by expert resource persons comprising legal practitioners, civil society activists, professionals, and academics. In all its attempts to emerge as a global power, it is high time India sets an example on the international stage of the value of building a positive, discrimination-free, and safe space for the LGBTQ+ community.

For Whom

This course is for anyone with a keen interest in Sexuality, Gender and Queer studies and issues. Working professionals, practitioners, civil society members, health workers, activists, researchers, post-graduate and undergraduate students, and those interested would benefit from this course.

Benefits of this Course

Participants would:
• Learn from globally and nationally renowned thematic experts and practitioners
• Gain first-hand insights and networking opportunities
• Get course outline and reading list from the experts for learning
• Get access to session videos for 15 days
• Receive a certificate of completion
• Have the opportunity to publish their essays on the IMPRI Insights Blog, which features the articles of eminent people from around the globe.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Program Experts

Chair: Prof Vibhuti PatelVisiting Distinguished Professor, IMPRI

Prince Manvinder Singh Gohil, Chairperson, Lakshaya Trust

Harish IyerHead DE&I, Axis Bank; Equal Rights Activist; Core advisory committee, LGBT issues, NHRC

Adv Rohin Bhatt, Non-Binary Queer Rights Activist, Lawyer and Bioethicist

Grace Banu, First Transgender Engineer, Transgender Rights Activist, Anti-Caste Activist, Writer, Theatre performer

Raj Mariwala, Director, Mariwala Health Intiative (MHI)

Dr Aqsa ShaikhAssociate Professor, Community Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & ResearchNew Delhi

Rituparna BorahCo-Director, Nazariya, A Queer Feminist Resource Group, New Delhi

Dr Debolina Dey, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University

Rituparna NeogQueer Rights ActivistFounder & Director, Akam Foundation, Queer Intersectional Feminist, Storyteller

Dr Dhiren Borisa, Dalit queer activist, Poet, and Urban sexual geographer; Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, India

Convener: Dr Simi MehtaCEO & Editorial Director, IMPRI

Upcoming and Previous IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning Events: See here

Beyond Binaries: Understanding Sexual Identities and Queer Rights Issues in India
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IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk Series –
The State of Gender Equality – #GenderGaps | YouTube Playlist

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Date And Time

02/06/2024 @ 04:00 PM to
30/06/2024 @ 06:30 PM


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