LGBT culture in Bangalore

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Bangalore is a multicultural city and has experienced a dramatic social and cultural change with the advent of the liberalization and expansion of the information technology and business process outsourcing industries in India.[1] With much expatriate population in the city, the openness towards LGBT has seen a new light. The city provides a lot of opportunity to the people of the LGBT community to talk and share about their preferences and choices. Bangalore serves as a safe heaven to people from neighbouring states because of its openness.[2]

Multinational corporations including Google, Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cisco, Dell, Micro Focus International, General Electric and Microsoft strive to create LGBT-friendly workplaces. Companies come together to share best practices for fostering a culture of LGBT inclusion in their organisations. The informal collaboration like this in Bangalore marks a first-of-its-kind endeavour in India’s corporate sector.[3]


Several organizations voice the concerns of LGBTIQ community and provide forum to openly share topics of interest.


GoodasYou is a social, intellectual and cultural group that promotes equality, acceptance and self-confidence among LGBT individuals of Bangalore. Many activities of this informal support group are described in the following sections.[4][5][6]

Weekly meetings[edit]

These meetings serve many LGBTIQ individuals to discuss emotional, social, health and other issues concerning the queer people of Bangalore/India. Many individual have come to terms with their sexuality and/or Gender Identity by participating at these meetings.[7]


Swabhava is an NGO working for LGBT rights and providing counseling support to queer individuals.

Amour Queer Dating[edit]

Amour(, a platform for LGBTQ people to find long term companions all over India, launched in Bengaluru in June 2016.[8][9]


WHAQ! (We're Here and Queer!) is a support space for women loving women (les/bi/trans/queer/questioning) to voice concerns, ideas, and issues together.[10]

Maya for Women[edit]

Maya for Women is a feminist collective trust dedicated to building community through supporting the empowerment, interests, visibility, and choices of women living in the Global South. They provide support, counseling and assistance to all women in Bangalore, regardless of their sexuality. WHaQ! is one of 4 support spaces for LBT women that is run through Maya for Women.[11]

Sangama and Samara[edit]

Sangama (an NGO) and Samara (CBO) works for marginalized sections of LGBT population of Bangalore and other towns of karanataka.


GRAB (Gay Runners and Breakfast)[edit]

Many enthusiastic Queer individuals jog and run every weekend at the local park. Following the early morning healthy run, they gather for breakfast at a nearby restaurant, chit-chat, socialize and discuss the fun side of their life.[12][13]

WHAQ weekly meetings[edit]

WHaQ (We are Here and Queer) holds support group meetings for queer women every other Sunday in addition to weekly social meetings on Wednesdays.

Women's outdoor activities[edit]

Maya Outdoor group has Queer women interested in fitness meet every Sunday and participate in a large variety of team sports, such as cricket and football. There are also women who run or walk together, or practice yoga.


Bangalore Queer Film Festival[edit]

Bangalore Queer Film Festival happens every year in February. It is a three-day fest, where in a variety of LGBT themed movies from across the world and across many languages in India, would be played. A close to 1000 people are typically expected there.[14]

Pink Divas[edit]

Pink Divas is a dance group that does the closing day dance performance every year at Bangalore Queer Film Fest.

Bangalore Pride March[edit]

Happens every winter along with Delhi and other pride marches of India. Close to 1000 people, both LGBT members and supporters walk with colorful banners in the Bangalore streets, ending with a meeting and celebration, typically at city town hall.[15]

Bangalore's LGBT history[edit]

  • 1994: GoodasYou support group started.
  • 1999: Sangama NGO for sexual minorities established.
  • 2008: [Feb] First Queer Film Festival held[16]
  • 2008: [Jun] First Queer Pride March held[17]
  • 2009: WHaQ! (We're Here and Queer) was founded.
  • 2013: The first lesbian Dykes on Bikes procession takes place as a part of Bangalore Pride 2013, and is believed to be the first in India as well.[18]
  • 2014: Maya for Women was established.
  • 2016: Amour (Queer Dating),a platform for Queer people to find long term companions, launched.[19]