Mumbai: From the outside, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay has always seemed like an unevenly divided campus-a whole lot of boys with just a smattering of girls. Now there’s a third story.
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In what is probably a first for an Indian educational institute, IIT-B has set up a support group, Saathi, for those of its students who belong to a sexual minority-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer-to help them accept their sexuality and shed their ‘straight’ masks if they want to.
Saathi is a positive space not only for LGBTQs but also for those still unsure of their sexuality. “We believe the first step towards understanding and accepting homosexuality is breaking the veil of silence,” said a note on Saathi.
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