Making the Straight Fit in the LGBTQIA+
Savio Mascarenhas, the founder of Color Positive Foundation, a registered NGO with 12A and 80G Certification, has been working for the betterment of the LGBTQIA+ community for over half a decade. Through our NGO, we have produced and directed, sensitizing theatrical plays, short-films, dance performances, skits and more for big organisations like BNY Mellon, WeWork, Kitty Su Mumbai, Kashish Queer Film Festival, India HIV & AIDS Alliance, APCO, to name a few.
On the Medical front, we have tested over 600 individuals for HIV and provided support to get government aid to positive patients. We have provided low-cost PrEP to over 200 individuals and sensitized people through our social media and physical events. We continue to guide and connect individuals who need medical support and resources through a broad network we have built.
In the Pandemic, we have provided ration kits sponsored by Bollywood star and Big Boss Season 14 Winner, Ms. Rubina Dilaik ji. One month supply of food and immunity medication was provided to 300 individuals during this time.
We have our own Fashion Pageant that continues to be the most inclusive and one of a kind Fashion event. For over half a decade now, we have held a 3 months education platform and groomed over 250 individuals and given them a stage to be a model. The purpose of this pageant is to groom the community and make them ready for the modelling and the movie industry. Many Bollywood agents connect with us for talent-sourcing due to our connections with the LGBTQIA+ community who struggles to fit in the industry.
We are using all our resources to be the first Pride Fashion Week that brings both Straight and Allies to one stage. The process of getting there has already started. We will be the only such Fashion Week in Asia & 3rd in the world. The current pageant's information can be found on https://www.pridefashionweekindia.com
We are currently running a crowdfunding page on ketto.org so that we can perform 2000 tests on HIV and Syphilis so that we can help the community. If you wish to donate, please head to https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/medical-camp
Color Positive Foundation's motto has been to bridge the gap between the LGBTQIA+ community and the world. Our Pageants and all other tasks we do are the most inclusive and we make sure we do our best in the little we have.