Ambar

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Ambar, IIT Kharagpur
Activities LGBT resource group
Founded April 2015 (April 2015)
Founder(s)
  • Abhishek Chaudhary, Alok Baranwal
Number of members 15-20
Website www.facebook.com/ambar.iitkgp
Contact [email protected]
Under TSG No

Ambar is the gender and sexual diversity resource group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) community residing in IIT Kharagpur Campus and/or officially associated with IIT Kharagpur. It comprises mainly of, but not limited to, current students, alumni, staff, and family of staff. The group also welcomes straight allies to join and support it.

Vision[edit]

Ambar's vision for IIT Kharagpur is a campus devoid of discrimination against minorities on the basis of gender and sexuality, where such minorities feel safe and free. This includes existence of a safe space for people who are still coming to terms with themselves and their sexuality (and/or are confused about it), along with a commitment towards ending sexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, present both internal and external to the campus community.

Mission[edit]

Ambar aims to advocate for the rights and equality of gender and sexual minorities within the IIT Kharagpur campus by creating awareness to increase the acceptance of such minorities. Moreover, Ambar tries to help people discover themselves in a supporting environment, alongside other people who are undergoing (or have previously undergone) the same.

In accordance with the Institute's mission to prepare its students to become contributing and compassionate citizens of the society, Ambar encourages all members of the campus community to participate in its efforts to promote social justice and eliminate discrimination in all its forms.

Previous Activities[edit]

Letters on 2.2[edit]

Letters placed in a heart shaped hole in a tree by Ambar, the LGBT resource group of IIT Kharagpur.

On 12 September 2015, Ambar placed sealed envelopes containing letters in a tree with a heart shaped hole on 2.2, in front of B C Roy Hall of Residence.[1] These letters were mostly handwritten, and contained stories that Ambar members said "touched them."[2] They also placed blank letters for students to write back to them[1][2].

Kashish Forward[edit]

The very first event organized by Ambar was KASHISH Forward film screening in association with Varta Trust on 1 October 2015. In it, an LGBTQ themed film screening was followed by a panel discussion on the topic "Acceptance – Making campuses Gender and Sexuality Affirmative". It saw a participation from over 125 people including both students as well as faculty.

Youth Speak Forum[edit]

On 11 October 2015, Ambar in collaboration with AIESEC, invited Harish Iyer to YouthSpeak Forum. The event was a success with a good number of students turning up to listen to his speech.

"Queer up" with Ambar[edit]

In Spring Fest 2016, Ambar marked their first public presence as an independent campus body by setting up a stall in the Arena on 1 February. "Queer up" with Ambar had the tagline "Equal People, Equal Rights, Equal Love" and celebrated Queerness in Spring Fest. A variety of tasks were organised as part of the event, including:

  • Letters of Love
  • Sawal - Jawab
  • Paint your Nails
  • Embrace ME
  • Photo Booth
  • Pride march

The event witnessed a huge support from people who visited the stall, and the audience showed a great amount of appreciation and enthusiasm towards the cause.

Celebrating Diversity[edit]

Ambar hosted a short film screening and interactive session titled Celebrating Diversity on 24 August 2016 to "discuss and debate issues that really matter, to question assumptions, biases and stereotypes, and to celebrate love in all its forms".

Pandora's Box[edit]

On 12 November 2016, Ambar invited Sambuddha Banerjee to explore gender in cinema in Pandora's Box.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Verified by Amrav on September 12, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Facebook post by Ambar informing students about letters in tree". Retrieved September 12, 2015.