Who We Are
As the movement for the liberation of the LGBT community is gaining momentum in India, in many ways it has struggled far more than other social movements to be recognized. Founded in August 2017 by Delhi University students, we aim at creating a safe space for members of the LGBT+ community as well as straight allies to interact and socialize. Nazariya, a grassroots level LGBT+ Straight alliance which is also an intersectional feminist, social justice advocacy group originating from Delhi University aims to empower the open-minded youth to fight prejudice, casteism, sexism, and racism.
What We Do
Our vision is of campuses where students feel a shared responsibility to increase their individual understanding of and comfort with diversity, to enhance their ability to work collaboratively in order to raise awareness, and create a culture where they can advocate for inclusion and social justice for all. We organise workhops, events, protests, and sensitisation campaigns around social issues, gender, and sexuality that cater to the youth and reach grassroots level.
At Nazariya, we believe that people of privilege can use their privilege to fight for the rights of others to build a more progressive and accepting society which is why we have extended membership to straight allies. We believe that in order to achieve justice and equality, the queer movement needs to be a lot more inclusive and accessible. We must provide a platform for the religious minorities, intersex, gender non-conforming, tribals, dalits, disabled, and many others who are often erased or overlooked by the mainstream queer movement.
Our Journey So Far..
Since Nazariya’s conception in August 2017, we have constantly been expanding and have received immense love not only from Delhi University but also from all over India. As an independent, self-funded organization, we have a good amount of social media following along with more than a hundred active youth members from various colleges and institutions in Delhi. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are all so eager to see what’s in store for us. Nazariya will always be first and foremost, an independent queer youth alliance where we seek to magnify the voices of those that are marginalized within the queer community and society and not an alliance where sentiments of the privileged are favoured over the struggles of the marginalized.
Nazariya believes that all members are vital for the success of our movements and campaigns. However, since we are made up of hundreds of members and multiple teams, we have decided to assign responsibilites to a few persons:
Founder-Head of Operations, Editor: Ruth V. Chawngthu
Blog Editor: Sandhra Sur
Logistics Manager: Charmi Singh
Volunteer Coordinator: Ashwin Nassa
Support Group Counsellor: Shivam Puri
Crisis Management Team: To settle internal issues and grievances as fair and just as possible, an independent team has been set up. They are given the task of sorting out issues, conflicts, and internal complaints in a gender neutral and tangible manner. There is no hegemony within the team and it consists of: