MINGLE | Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment


Mingle (Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment), the first of its kind in India, is a Gay and Lesbian non-profit think-tank and advocacy group consisting of academicians, students and professionals from fields as diverse as the Arts and Sciences, Journalism, Law, Medicine, Management and Engineering. Its vision is a truly liberal and pluralistic India where all citizens enjoy their fundamental right to lead a secure and dignified life irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Over the last three years of existence, Mingle has partnered with Community organizations, Companies and University Campuses across India, acting as a catalyst for positive change to happen for LGBT Indians and their families and friends.

The People Involved

The Advisory Board

  • Anjali Gopalan

    Anjali Gopalan
    (Advisor, Legal and Health issues),,
    the Founder and Executive Director of The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, an NGO dedicated to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.

  • Arvind Narain
    (Advisor, Legal Issues),
    is Head of Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore and one of the prominent lawyers fighting the Section 377 case in the Supreme Court of India.

  • Harish Iyer
    (Advisor, Family Issues),
    is a rights activist from Mumbai and has been a vocal voice for LGBT Indians.

  • Amara Das
    (Advisor, Religious Issues),
    is President of Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA), and has written books and articles on LGBT issues within Hinduism and Hare Krishnas.

  • Aditya Bandopadhya
    is a lawyer and gay rights activist based in New Delhi.

  • Stephen Golden
    (Advisor, Workplace Diversity Issues),
    is the Head of Diversity (Asia), for Goldman & Sachs and is based from Hong Kong.

  • Ali Potia
    (Advisor, Workplace Diversity Issues),
    is Co-Lead (Asia) of GLAM network at McKinsey & Company, Singapore.

  • Parmesh Shahani,
    (Advisor, Workplace Diversity Issues),
    heads the Godrej India Culture Lab and also serves as the Editor-at-large for Verve magazine. He is author of the book Gay Bombay, a Yale World Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a TED Fellow.

Team Mingle

  • Udayan Dhar
    (Project Lead & Diversity Consultant),
    is Chief Editor of Pink Pages- India’s National LGBT magazine since 2009, and over the past three years has led several key projects at MINGLE. He is pioneering the Indian LGBT Youth Leadership Summits and “Break the Glass Closet” initiative.

  • Abhijeet Yadav
    works with Zaya Learning Labs, a social enterprise aims to bridge the learning gap through its innovative blended learning program in low income private schools across globe.

  • Sandeep Harchowdhury
    (Media & Communications),
    is into IT training for the past 20 years. He is also interested in clinical psychology which he has academically pursued enthusiastically in the last few years. He writes short stories which invariably have a gay theme.

  • Kshitij Bansal
    is a law graduate from Rajiv Gandhi National Universi-ty of Law, Punjab. He is a regular columnist for the Indian newspaper Daily Post and an African newspaper Insight. He led the five member Indian dele-gation as Head of State at G 20 Youth Summit at Washington DC in 2014.

  • Gaurav Meshram
    (IT & Design),
    is a web developer and designer with four years of expertise in his field where he has developed over 50 websites. He’s recently started his own firm Six Pixels that provides software solutions and web development specifically for LGBT friendly businesses.

  • Yogita Singh
    (Human Resources),
    works with the NGO- The Earth Saver Foundation. She is an MBA in Human Resource management, and has worked in the field of education and development.

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