A help line for homosexuals launched in Chennai

February 8th, 2009 - 1:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Feb.8 (ANI): Volunteers and associates of a non-government organization here have launched a help line for homosexuals to provide professional and emotional counselling.
The Chennai-based Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO) launched the help line on Saturday.
The ICWO works for the transgenders, eunuchs, homosexuals and the marginalized sections of the society.
According to A J Hariharan, ICWOs founder Secretary, the help line will address issues confronting homosexuals.
“We want to create some developmental programs for lesbian communities in Tamil Nadu. It will be created as a model for other States to take up. Further more, burning issues like stigma, discrimination, ill treatment and isolation because of being of same sexual orientation, have been facing a lot of violence. This help line will address these issues of lesbian community,” said Hariharan.
As for lady homosexuals, Jenni mentioned that this help line would come to the aid of others like her to come out of depression.
“We, lesbian people, are large in numbers. One can find then in families, in colleges and just about everywhere. Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO) phone help line will be very helpful for lesbian women to come out of depression through proper counselling and prevent them from committing suicide. I have come out of depression. Likewise for others too this will be useful,” noted Jenni, a homosexual based in Chennai.
This help line will work from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. throughout the week, rendering various services like counselling, emotional support and livelihood assistance to homosexuals. (ANI)

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