Bollywood actress Richa Chadda has recently inaugurated India’s first ever holistic LGBTQ art center and medical clinic which has been initiated by Humsafar Trust in Mumbai.
The clinic will provide mental health counseling and have specialized doctors to monitor lifestyle diseases. There will be free HIV medication provided by the National AIDS Control Organization, and provision of mental health counseling too.
The centre is said to be India’s first ever community centre to provide Anti Retroviral Therapy and holistic clinic for the LGBTQ individuals.
Richa Chaddha inaugurates India’s first LGBTQ art center
The institution will also provide Anti Retroviral Therapy for LGBTQ individuals. It has been set up with the help of Mumbai District State AIDS Control Society (MDACS) and FHI 360.
Richa was given a warm welcome by the LGBTQ community and she inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp. Speaking about the clinic for the LGBTQ community, Richa said, “It’s great that there can be a space where people can come forward without fear of being judged, and get the mental and physical support they need. The Humsafar Trust has been working in this direction for so many years and they have a real sense of the common problems that need to be addressed. Now that #377 has been repealed, I think more such health centres should be there to help bring more inclusivity and access.”
Richa has always been supportive of the LGBTQ community and was amongst the ones to support the amending of section 377 from the Constitution of India. In a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court of India, the section was decriminalised in 2018 in a positive move towards human rights in the country.
On the work front, Richa will be seen in ‘Shakeela’ that is releasing this summer. Also, she will be seen in ‘Section 375’.