How to get comfortable and confident about your alternate sexuality
How to come out as gay
How to handle and reduce homophobia
How to sensitize and create safe spaces
Umang works to sensitize the society and create safe spaces for the LGBTQ community so that they can maximize their potential. In his talks, he shares about “coming from a dysfunctional family and bullied for being effeminate to organizing India’s first PFLAG event and empowering people to come out to their parents.”
Umang founded Gay Bombay in 1998 – a first-of-its-kind support group that has inspired lacs of people to accept their sexuality and come out of the closet. It is one of Mumbai's longest-running gay support groups, creating awareness through workshops, film screenings and parties.
In 2017, Umang founded The Hugging Club Of India – an initiative that has inspired hundreds to openly talk about mental illness and take treatment. And in 2021, he co-founded Mr n Mr – a gay matchmaking initiative to help the community find life partners in a healthier way.
Building inclusive workplaces starts with hiring a diverse workforce. Why should organizations prioritise LGBTQ+ hiring? How does this affect their work culture, performance, brand equity and more? We spoke with Umang Sheth, founder of the Hugging Club of India, a change enabler and advocate for gay rights, on the nuances of hiring people from the community and fostering open and honest conversations in the workplace for Pride Month 2023.
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