அன்பிற்கும் உண்டோ அடைக்குந்தாழ்? – திருவள்ளுவர்
Can love be shackled? – Thiruvalluvar

Here are events that constitute Chennai Rainbow Pride 2016.

Wednesday, June 1, 201, 2016: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pride month press meet
Venue: Chennai Press Club

Saturday, June 11, 2016: 10am – 1:00 pm
Media Sensitization on LGBTIQA+ issues
Venue: ICSA, Egmore
What the (especially, Tamil language) media needs to know in order to be able to cover lesbian, gay, bi, transmen, transwomen, intersex, asexual and queer issues sensitively and accurately. Organised by WINS – Tirupati and Nirangal. Supported by Orinam and TN LGBTIQ.

Saturday, June 11, 2016: 3.30-530 p.m.
STI and HIV: What You Need to Know
Venue: ICSA, Egmore
An informational session for LGBTQIA* communities. Organised by SAATHII, Nirangal, Orinam, Sahodaran and TN LGBTIQ.
Event page here.

Tuesday 14 June 2016 11 a.m.
Vigil and press meet in memory of victims of mass shooting at Pulse, gay bar in Orlando
Venue: Chennai Press Club

Tuesday 14 June 2016 5 p.m.
Film Screening by US Consulate
Screening of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” and web chat with Randy Berry, U.S. Special Envoy for LGBT, Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard mother, and Michele Josue, the film’s director.

Sunday 19 June 2016: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Caste, Gender and Sexuality (சாதீயம், பாலினம் மற்றும் பாலீர்ப்பு)
Venue: ICSA, Egmore
Panel discussion with Mangai – Theater activist, Ve. Mathimaren – Writer and Sankari – Founder, Nirangal. Organised by Nirangal and Catalyst Study Circle.

Tuesday 21 June: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Poster Making Session

Venue: Sahodaran, Choolaimedu

Friday 24 June: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Youth Sensitization Program

Venue: Vani Mahal, Tondiarpet (Near Manigundu)
Sahodaran and Snegithi with the support of Symantec, are conducting a sensitization program on gender and sexuality for the youth. The program is expected to reach out to more than 300 youngsters. The format is Slide Show, Panel Discussion, Question and Answer, followed by Cultural Performance. Organised by Sahodaran and Snegithi.

Saturday 25 June 2016 ­ 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Venue: T N Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Greenways Road
Vannangal is one of the most important cultural events in which the community members showcase their talents, entertain the audience, and offer a unique insight into the art forms of the LGBT community. The program, organised by Nirangal and Orinam, includes dance, music, theater, and other forms of cultural performance. A report of previous programs is also available here:

Sunday 26 June 2016 3:00 p.m. ­
Chennai Rainbow Pride March

Starting Point: Rajarathinam Stadium, Egmore
Chennai’s eighth pride and self-respect march. Event page here.

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Closed event for transmen and others on the transmasculine spectrum, and their families
Email for info.

29, 30, 31 July 2016
Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2016
Venue: Goethe Institut, Nungambakkam
Reel Desires is a three day series of feature films, shorts, and documentaries showcasing sexuality and gender diversity issues.
Event website here.

For inquires about location, time and participation, email or (Orinam and Nirangal are among the members of the Chennai Rainbow Coalition)