Team

Sowmya_updatedSowmya Gupta :
Co-chair

Sowmya Gupta is a hijra trans activist from Mumbai. She is a science graduate and working in the human rights and health sector for over a decade. She is currently working as the Associate Programme Manager with The Humsafar Trust (the oldest LGBT organization in India). She is a founder member of various transgender organizations including Triveni Samaj Vikas Kendra which caters to more than 2000 transgender in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Soumya is a strong and resilient transwoman who is committed transform trans welfare.

 

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Shaman Gupta :
Co-Chair

Shaman is a transman working for trans rights in India since 2015. He is an engineering graduate from NITK Surathkal and has worked as a software developer in his early career days. He works in the education sector in his full-time job. He has been awarded the Dalai Lama Fellowship 2020 for his work with the TWEET Foundation. Shaman also contributes his time to the GATE working group and international scientific studies for trans health care.

 

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Urmi Jadhav: Co-Treasurer
Urmi is working as the transgender/hijra point person with The Humsafar Trust. Urmi works in HIV and human rights sector for the last fifteen years. Urmi is associated with the HIV-positive group called ‘Safe Sailors Club’. Urmi is a great dancer and a founding member of the first trans-led dancing group called ‘Dancing Queens’. Urmi is been part of various documentary films on trans issues and she has worked towards establishing various transgender organizations. Urmi is also a board member of ‘Maharashtra Transgender  Social Welfare Board’.

 

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Maya Awasthy: Co-Secretary

Maya is a program officer with a care and support program called Vihaan. She is a trans person who has been instrumental in establishing an organization especially for married men having sex with men and trans people in India. Maya is the Dancing Queens’ manager and also part of the various trans advocacy initiatives. She has worked very closely with Queer Azaadi March work in Mumbai. She has worked in Delhi and Bihar on similar issues in the past.

 

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Abhina Aher: Chief Treasurer

Abhina Aher is a trans activist working on health and human rights over the last twenty years in India and across the globe. She is part of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), International Trans Reference Group (IRGT), Technical Resource Group member of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO). She has worked with various funding organizations and community-based organizations including The Humsafar Trust, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Johns Hopkins University, Family Health International. She is a founding member of Dancing Queens which has been awarded by the Human Rights Campaign for the global innovative initiative.

 

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Aditya Batavia: Co-Secretary

Aditya Batavia is a Human Resource professional with a strong passion for Diversity and Inclusion and is working closely on creating a society of equal opportunity. He holds a Masters in Psychology and is a certified mental health professional and counselor for the LGBTIQ spectrum.
He is also a trans rights activist and helps provide a support system to the transgender community – both socially as well as legally; in the form of social support, transitioning, employment, etc.

 

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Aarav Singh: Executive Board Member

Aarav is a young transman who has been working closely on the ground to provide counseling, family support, surgery support, and group formation for TWEET Foundation. Aarav is a strong person who is committed to increasing visibility and exposure on transmen issues. Aarav is a commercial driver and has been associated with women taxi services called ‘Sakha Cabs’ run by Azaad Foundation. Currently, Aarav is working strongly to mobilize transmen and map them for various services. He is also working for TWEET Foundation as program staff and collaborating with various trans-friendly referrals.