Trans Diamond: International Transgender Festival
This December, Bengaluru will be the stage to the tipping point of the international transgender movement. Over 100 individuals, leading transgender activists, political leaders, diversity and inclusion champions, entrepreneurs, business houses, media representatives, grassroots practitioners, LGBTQIA community and the society at large will join hands to host the first international Transgender Festival, Trans Diamond.
Held from December 6th – 10th, 2017, Trans Diamond is a 5 day long festival organized by Make Room, the Indian- European social change ecosystem in collaboration with various national and international organisations from across Asia and Europe. The 5 days will be a confluence of cultural & artistic performances, intellectual discussions and personal conversations, through series of events such as – the Leadership program, Social Beauty Pageant, Inspirational Talks, Open Forum and Film Screenings. The Festival envisions to identify leaders within the community, build capacities to create solutions for the most pressing problems, be the platform to showcase the artistic talents of the community and celebrate and empower diversity in its truest sense.
Over the period of 5 days, 25 carefully chosen changemakers consisting of young LGBT individuals, allies and other stakeholders will identify current challenges of the community and undergo an intense training program to co-create contextual solutions. These changemakers will focus on areas of Education & Skilling, Entrepreneurial Capacities, Inclusive Workspaces and Media Narratives.
Trans Diamond is also pioneering India’s first international Transgender Social Beauty pageant, with participants from Asia and Europe. During the pageant week, participants will meet the local community leaders, undergo personality enhancing coaching program to be confident individuals, set career goals and be positive role models for the transgender community.
The Festival will bring in the best transgender themed short, documentary & feature films that will challenge the mainstream narratives and portray realistic life stories of the community.
The Festival is a platform where extraordinary transgender leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, NGOs, social entrepreneurs will share their personal stories, ideas and inspire the community to come together and embrace themselves. The Open Forum with its series of panel discussions on pressing issues of the community will bring out thought and action provoking debates and solutions. Over 20 leading national and international organizations, corporate houses, NGOs, legal & media experts and policy-makers will make it a confluence of great minds and humanity.
The preparations for the Festival is going ahead in full throttle and can be found across various social media channels for regular updates.Transgender movement across the world has reached a tipping point and present challenges demand collaborative efforts across borders, sectors and communities.