National Webinar on Queer Studies in India : Some Reflections ;A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College for Women
Thoothukudi 2020 july 16 ;A National level Webinar on Queer Studies in India : Some Reflections was organised by the department of English, A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College for Women Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu,
Endorsed by the President of the institution Thiru A P. C. V. Chockalingam, the Principal Dr. N. Meenakumari, and the Director Dr. K. Sathyabama the webinar was convened by
Dr. P. Bala Shanmuga Devi, Associate Professor of English and Ms. K. S. Anushya, Assistant Professor of English.
Organised in collaboration with the Voluntary Health Services, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, a lead organisation working for the welfare of the LGBT Community by collaborating with 18 states and rendering global health services, the webinar was also a registered event under PRIDE, California a forum that fights for the rights of LGBTs.
Dr. Parasuraman, Assistant Professor of English, University College, Trivandrum, Kerala addressed the participants on Queer Studies in India: Some Reflections. Dr. Vijayaraman, Director, Voluntary Health Services, Chennai gave an impressive account of the service that they extend through their NGOs. Ms. Swathi Bidhan Baruah, Advocate, Guwahati High Court, Assam, the first transgender Judge to the Lok Adalat, Guwahati addressed on the legalization of Transgender rights and it's general obligations. Dr. N. Meenakumari, Principal felicitated the gathering.
The head of the department of English Monica Ramraj and the IQAC of the institution extended support and technical assistance respectively for the successful conduct of the webinar.
Apart from the 500 participants capacity of the Zoom room, 1200 participants have viewed the program on YouTube. 1800 registrations were received from various states and union territories of India and a few from abroad too. Participants from Bangladesh, Nepal and Oman made their appearance as well.
The webinar is a huge step towards gender sensitisation and has succeeded in creating an awareness to bridge gender disparities.