Acceptance, inclusivity and diversity are some of the key ideas these speakers personify as they bring their voice to the LGBTQ+ community. As we celebrate Pride Month, these are some of the leading voices for you to engage with and bring their embracing and often penetrating perspectives to your audience.
Here our most sought-after speakers who explore topics such as inclusivity in the workspace, addressing homophobia and transphobia and the deep societal issues that still plague the LGBTQ+ community in India.
Prince Manvendra created shock waves when he declared himself gay in the media, becoming the first royalty in India to come out of the closet. Passionate about LGBT rights, Manvendra talks about the importance of diversity in the corporate world and how to be more tolerant and accepting, linking them to how he battled societal challenges.
Vasu is a stand-up comedian, somatic therapy expert, triathlete, and environmentalist who stimulates a knack for creativity in her audience. One of the leading female comedians of India, Vasu is known for her dry wit and deadpan expression while she delivers performances that tackle serious issues such as the environment, human rights and rape.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: Human Rights Activist
Laxmi was the first transgender rights activist to represent Asia pacific in UN 2008. She has served NGOs which conduct LGBT activist work. And in 2007, she started her own organisation, Astitva which works to promote the welfare of sexual minorities, their support and development. From her own experience and in her unique bold and brave way, she talks about the struggles of being transgender but also of the sheer beauty of it.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times. Author of 50 books and 1000 columns, including several bestsellers, he is known for his innovative approach that taps into uplifting anecdotes and lessons from mythology. He speaks extensively about gender expression, fluidity and diversity in Indian mythology.
Sushant Divgikar: Actor | Model | Singer | Mr Gay India 2014
Model, actor, singer cum video-jockey, Sushant, who is also popularly called Rani Ko-He-Nur, is a drag icon and India’s first drag artist to be featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. He talks about his own experience, throwing light on the drag culture of India and the socio-cultural issues that still plague the community in the country.