The Humsafar Trust

The Humsafar Trust (HST) is a male sexual health agency started in April 1994 as a community-based organization by self-identified homosexual men with the mission to strive for the human rights of sexual minorities and for the provision of quality health services to MSM and tritiya panthi (HIJRAS). The Humsafar theory of change said that if they work towards the human rights of sexual minorities and the health of MSM and tritiya panthi (HIJRAS), then this work will lead to acceptance and equality of sexual minorities and a healthier community. HST’s community work started in 1994 with the free distribution of condoms at two of the MSM sex sites in Mumbai. In 1998 its first grant came from the Directorate of Health Services in Mumbai to conduct a sex mapping study that identified 77 sites where MSM meet. HST was awarded the first pilot project to ‘Motivate Safer Sex among MSM at Selected Sites in Mumbai Metro’ supported by MDACS in April 1999 that was later up scaled by USAID/ FHI under its IMPACT project and at the end of march 2009 HST implements seven holistic intervention projects providing prevention, care, support and treatment services and reaching out to 13,000 new and 64,000 regular MSM/Hijras and MSWs every year. The program funding is supported by NACO-MDACS, USAID-AVERT Society, EU-HIVOS and BMGF supported Aastha project

HST has institutionalized its various capacities by developing a Human Resources Policy, Operations Manual, MIS for TIs, Business Plan (2007-2012), BCC Strategy and National Advocacy Plan for MSM and HIJRA groups, Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research projects, International Health Advisory Board (IHAB) and a Community Advisory Board (CAB).

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UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is committed to help India achieve the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the national objectives articulated in consecutive Five-Year Plans. The goal of the organization is to help improve the lives of the poorest women and men, the marginalized and the disadvantaged in India. UNDP works in the following areas: Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Environment and Energy, and HIV and Development.

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Fondation Emergence

The mission of Fondation Emergence is the empowerment of homosexual people, favouring their inclusion in the society and helping them fight the prejudiced. The Foundation puts in motion several means of action such as educational material meant for the general population , organisation of educational campaigns and the fight against the prejudiced, publications of targetted research and the promotion of specific themes and rights.


Solaris Designs

Solaris Designs beleives in ‘Designing for a Cause’ –
creating awareness about issues such as homosexuality and gay rights, materials that engage the audience and initiate dialogues on issues dealing with health and sexuality, human rights, and the gay and transgender communities.

Solaris Designs has designed this Bombay Dost website


Oxford Book Store

Oxford Bookstore is a near iconic institution on Park Street, Kolkata. This 80-year-old, 6000 sq. ft, store in its new avatar offers a contemporary, multidimensional interactive experience in keeping with global trends. In January 2002 Oxford Bookstore opened its door in Mumbai, on the ground floor of Apeejay House in Churchgate with a unique product mix of books, music, gifts; internet, CHA BAR and Gallery. May 2003 saw the launch of Oxford Bookstore in Bangalore, at the Leela Galleria. The fourth store was opened in December 11, 2003 at Goa at the heart of popular Calangute area, opposite the St. Anthony’s chapel. In September 2004, Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi’s largest bookstore, opened its doors in the capital. Oxford Junior, the first dedicated bookstore for children in India, opened in Kolkata in August 2006. The other key stores of the chain across the country are in Goa, Shillong, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai and Bhubaneswar. Oxford Bookstore is the only completely integrated online offline bookstore in the country with access to 6 million titles worldwide. provides special online shopping benefits and is the only one of its kind, hosted out of India. Computerworld Smithsonian Honors Archives & Academic Council recognized the path breaking work done by Oxford Bookstore by nominating it in the Business and Services category of the 2003 Computerworld Honors Collection. Oxford Bookstore is a part of the Apeejay Surrendra Group.



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