November 2, 2010 6:00 pm
C-105, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (Bay 5, Smith Warehouse)
Free and Open to the Public
Aniruddhan Vasudevan will be giving a short talk on his work in furthering gender / sexuality rights and creating a forum for dialogue both within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender / transsexual (kothis and hijras) community as well as with the public at large. While he and his work are currently situated in the metropolitan city of Chennai, India, he will be providing an overview of the state of the LGBT rights movement in India overall — especially in light of the historical Delhi High verdict in July 2009 decriminalizing adult, consensual same sex acts (a British colonial legacy) that came about as a result of almost a decade-long struggle — and consequently, the broader national context for issues related to gender, sexuality, sexual health and rights that he addresses through his work in Chennai, India. A dialogue / Q&A session will follow.
Co-sponsors: Duke Human Rights Center, DukeOUT, program in the study of sexualities
About Aniruddhan Vasudevan: Aniruddhan Vasudevan is an LGBT rights activist, writer and artiste based in Chennai (a major South Indian metropolis), India. He is currently with The Shakti Resource Center, which he co-founded with Padma Govindan in 2007. At ‘Shakti,’ Aniruddhan is engaged in the work towards creating spaces, models and resources for talking about gender and sexuality. His work involves enabling support services for LGBT people in this region — peer counselling services, referrals to professional mental and physical health services and access to legal aid — apart from organizing events that enable discussions on gender / sexuality related issues, conducting workshops and trainings and assisting with research studies. His writing on gender and sexuality has also been published in various forums, including The New Indian Express, one of India’s leading dailies and Redefining Feminism, an anthology of essays published by Rawat Publications, India. In 2009, he was a consulting author for a UNDP report on the history of community actions of sexuality minority groups in India. His forthcoming publications include an essay, co-authored with Padma Govindan, on the Tamil Nadu state government’s policy changes vis-a-vis male-to-female transgender persons.