Making the Straight Fit in the LGBTQIA+
Savio Mascarenhas, the founder of Color Positive Foundation, an NGO has been working for the betterment of the LGBTQIA+ community for over half a decade. Through our NGO, we have produced and directed, sensitizing theatrical plays, short-films, dance performances, skits and more for big organisations like BNY Mellon, WeWork, Kitty Su Mumbai, Kashish Queer Film Festival, India HIV & AIDS Alliance, APCO, to name a few.
On the Medical front, we have tested over 600 individuals for HIV and provided support to get government aid to positive patients. We have provided low-cost PrEP to over 200 individuals and sensitized people through our social media and physical events. We continue to guide and connect individuals who need medical support and resources through a broad network we have built.
In the Pandemic, we have provided ration kits sponsored by Bollywood star and Big Boss Season 14 Winner, Ms. Rubina Dilaik ji. One month supply of food and immunity medication was provided to 300 individuals during this time.
We have our own Fashion Pageant that continues to be the most inclusive and one of a kind Fashion event. For over half a decade now, we have held a 3 months education platform and groomed over 250 individuals and given them a stage to be a model. Many Bollywood agents connect with us for talent-sourcing due to our connections with the LGBTQIA+ community who struggles to fit in the industry.
We are using all our resources to be the first Pride Fashion Week that brings both Straight and Allies to one stage. The process of getting there has already started. We will be the only such Fashion Week in Asia & 3rd in the world.
We want the same things You already HAVE.
Modelling is considered a luxury and not a 9-5 job. But where do the LGBTQIA+ go? They are not always welcome in organisations, not given jobs by people at home and definitely not welcome as leads in the industry.
Modelling which is a luxury for the straight world, is the first big step for the community.
Like women who have been Miss Universe and Miss Worlds, to give woman a sense of direction and a peek into being free, modelling makes the community feel that they too can be accepted.
Fashion is our way to sensitize the people, that the LGBTQIA+ are equal and need to be in main-stream society.
Our pageants, fashion shows, designers, stylists are LGBTQIA+ and straight allies.
What we have built, makes us "one of a kind". Its a place where everyone comes to be ONE.