Acceptance, inclusivity and diversity are some of the key ideas these speakers personify as they bring their voice to the LGBTQ+ community. Engage with these leading voices to bring their embracing and often penetrating perspectives to your audience – from LGBTQ2S+ leadership and rights activism to understanding the gender spectrum through mythology, addressing homophobia and transphobia in the workplace and beyond.
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.
Dr. Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and of the key forces behind the revocation of section 377. She has been listed in Foreign Policy magazine’s “100 most influential Global Thinkers” (2019) and on Times Magazine’s “100 most influential people” (2019). And has been published in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the American Journal of International Law, and the Indian Express.
Arundhati Katju is a lawyer practicing in Indian trial and appellate courts. Her work encompasses a broad array of practice areas, including white collar defense, civil and commercial litigation. In 2018, Arundhati successfully represented the lead petitioners in the Indian Supreme Court’s historic judgment in Navtej Singh Johar and others v Union of India, where the Court struck down India’s 157-year-old sodomy law and upheld the rights of LGBT Indians to equality and dignity.
Deepak Kashyap: Counsellor | Columnist | LGBTQ+ Activist
Deepak Kashyap (He/Him) is a counselling therapist and life skills trainer with extensive experience in corporate wellness and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Deepak’s expertise lies in developing and delivering programs for organisational mental health initiatives, anti-racism and anti-oppression frameworks, Diversity and Inclusion training and LGBTQ2S+ leadership and rights activism.
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