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Orinam (ஓரினம்) is a Tamil word that means ‘One kind’ or ‘One community’. Orinam was founded in 2003, is an all-volunteer unregistered collective of LGBTI people and allies based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It functions as a support, cultural and activist space. On-the-ground activities including meet-ups, peer counseling and referrals, film festivals and literary events, sensitization workshops, and advocacy and networking with other LGBTI and other progressive groups and movements in the city, state, and country.

Orinam.net LogoAs queer individuals, we face a number of situations /problems, life can seem quite lonely and scary. People often have no one to share their issues with, seek solace or get any sense of direction. This tends to be the case with many individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Many of us in the LGBTQIQA+ community come across peers who share with us their feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, thoughts of suicide etc. These may be related to prejudice or hate from the world around us and /or to mental health issues requiring professional counseling or clinical attention.

How can we provide support to these individuals?

Firstly acknowledging the fact that such issues can be fatal and can hamper the person’s lifelong. Also, Orinam has taken the initiative to train a chosen few on the basis of peer counseling. This workshop aims to teach you the basic skills that will enable you to be more supportive of the individual’s and help them make informed decisions to overcome their distress.

Venue – InnerSight Counselling, 44, 1st Cross Rd, Cauveri Colony, Krishnappa Garden, C V Raman Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560093

Date – Sunday, 7th Jan 2018

Time – 3 PM to 6 PM

Fees – Rs 200 (Feel free to write to them in case you need an exception)

In case of language/accessibility/ affordability constraints, you can write to them here.