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Mental Health Study on Stigma and Depression Among Sexual Minorities

A mental health study on stigma and depression among sexual minorities was carried out by Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani in partnership with SAATHII's Kolkata office from May 2011 to January 2012 to October 2012. The title of the project is “Modeling the Impact of Stigma on Depression and Sexual Risk Behaviors of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Hijras/Transgender women in India: Implications for HIV and Sexual Health Programs.”

To capture the regional variations in the experiences of stigma and discrimination and its impact on depression and sexual risk behaviors, sites were chosen in four states (Villupuram and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and Sangli, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Kolkata, West Bengal). The study covered a combination of metro/urban and semi-urban/rural sites in these 4 states. SAATHII’s Kolkata office served as the collaborating partner agency for the Kolkata research undertakings.

This study aimed to validate a conceptual model of the impact of stigma related to same-sex sexuality, transgender identity and HIV on sexual risk behaviors of men who have sex with men (MSM) and Hijras/transgender women in India.


Participating organizations

  • Amitie Trust
  • Anandam
  • Astitva Dakshin
  • Bandhan
  • Durbar Mahila Samannay Samity
  • Dum Dum Swikriti Society
  • Family Planning Association of India
  • MANAS Bangla: Sovabazar, Dumdum, Beleghata and Baruipur DIC
  • PLUS Kolkata
  • Prothom

This project was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research. Publications resulting from this (and other) work are in C-Sharp's article list at

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  • Jul 13 2012