For the larger part, social media has become a platform for trolling and abusing anyone who voices an opinion. But every coin has two sides, and so does social media. Many social media pages are focused on providing support to those who are suffering from mental trauma and struggling for acceptance – whether it is related to mental health issues, sexual identities, career problems, or even a mix of them all.
Notably, the support for the LGBTQ+ community has been growing on social media via multiple pages dedicated to tell the stories of the individuals belonging the community – about coming out, romantic relationships, and their daily lives. Check out these five Instagram pages which are making a mark in this regard.
Launched by two teenagers, this Instagram page has amassed 11,500 followers with their witty takes on pop culture and political movements vis-à-vis LGBT+ community. Being graceful, kind, and sensitive to the issues of a highly marginalised community, this page also posts regularly on topics like fighting homophobia and understanding gender dysphoria.
With more than 12,200 followers, this Instagram page claims to be India's first archive of politicians supporting LGBTQIA+ rights. The page actively calls for ban on conversion therapy and demands changes to the Transgender Rights Act, which was widely criticised for not taking inputs from the community before being passed in 2019.
Yaariyan in Hindi means friendship. The page is named thus, to show its content which is friendly towards the LGBTQ+ community. This voluntary youth initiative run by The Humsafar Trust aims to facilitate access to health and social support for LGBTQ+ individuals, who are often shunned by their own families and the larger society.
At the intersection of sexual and religious identities is where most LGBT+ individuals feel the lack of support and sense of belonging. This Instagram page aims to counter queerphobia and Islamophobia, and has got more than 24,500 followers already. It narrates the first-person accounts by LGBT+ individuals to create awareness and empathy in the larger society.
For your daily dose of positivity and hope for a world where you gender identity is not a cause of concern, do check out this page. Through humorous yet thought provoking graphic illustrations and memes, this page aims to bring diversity, inclusivity, and equality, for the LGBT+ community.