|Activities||LGBT resource group|
|Number of members||15-20|
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.
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.
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.
Letters on 2.2
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. These letters were mostly handwritten, and contained stories that Ambar members said "touched them." They also placed blank letters for students to write back to them.
The very first event organized by Ambar was KASHISH Forward film screening in association with Varta Trust on 1st 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
Queer Up with Ambar
On 1st February Ambar celebrated Queerness in Spring Fest, where we set up a stall in the arena and organised a lot of activities like embrace me, nail paint campaign, photo booth, sawal jawab, letters of love and finally did a mini pride march. We saw a huge support from the audience who visited our stall; people from IIT Kgp and other colleges as well came and showed great amount of appreciation and enthusiasm towards the cause.
- Verified by Amrav on September 12, 2015.
- "Facebook post by Ambar informing students about letters in tree". Retrieved September 12, 2015.