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Red FM to support LGBTQIA+ community with ‘Pride Ki Side’ campaign

It will provide a platform to highlight the challenges faced by the community. The network has joined hands with Naz Foundation and Breaking Barriers, a project by Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar students, to sensitise the society at the grass root level

93.5 Red FM has launched a new initiative ‘Pride Ki Side’ to celebrate the first anniversary of repealing of Section 377. The initiative will provide a platform to share stories and highlight various challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. It aims to educate the masses about the community pride.

The radio network has joined hands with Naz Foundation and Breaking Barriers, a project by students of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, to sensitise the society at the grass root level. Red FM is targeting children at a young age so that they become compassionate and kinder towards LGBTQIA+ children. To support this belief, various workshops are being conducted in schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for everyone. Trained and certified counsellors accompanied by Red FM’s team and RJs are conducting the workshops.

Nisha Narayanan

Nisha Narayanan, COO and Director, Red FM and Magic FM, said, “Looking at the status of LGBTQIA+ community in India, it is high-time we start educating the people about them. Everyone should have the right to openly appreciate and practice who they are and love who they want. At Red FM, we believe in supporting this movement through our humble initiative ‘Pride Ki Side’. We want to raise awareness in the public about the challenges faced by them. We hope more people will come forward, share stories and help empower each other. Our vision is to create an inclusive environment and encourage our audience to adopt a progressive and compassionate outlook towards LGBTQIA+ community.”

Commenting on the association, Anjali Gopalan, Founder and Executive Director, The Naz Foundation Trust, said, “I am so happy that Red FM has taken this step to highlight LGBTQIA + issues. The Naz Foundation (India) Trust is proud to be part of this journey.”

To ensure maximum outreach, Red FM has also introduced a daily special morning show on their radio channel with a counsellor. This engaging and interactive format of the show will address queries and problems of the community who face bullying, hatred and discrimination at institutes or workplace. Besides this, Red FM has also invited a well-known LGBTQIA+ influencer at their studio who will share stories of courage in dealing with cyber trolls, verbal harassment, and how they moved-ahead and dealt with such situations.

Another highlight of ‘Pride Ki Side’ involved a social experiment video with RJ Raunac that went live a day prior to September 6, a day when Section 377 was decriminalised last year. The campaign will run till September 13.

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