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Mumbai to host 2014 Indian LGBT Youth Summit in February

Young LGBT Indians will gather in Mumbai this February for the 2014 Indian LGBT Youth Summit to improve their leadership skills through a series of seminars and workshops
One of Mumbai's iconic Premier Taxis
Photo by David Wilmot

LGBT Indians between the ages of 18 and 25 have been invited to apply to be delegates to the Indian LGBT Youth Summit being held in Mumbai this year on 15-16 February.

The summit is being organized by the Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment (MINGLE) and is intended to upskill young LGBT Indians in order to assist them in taking leadership roles in the community.

MINGLE describe the summit as a ‘pioneering initiative in India, primarily aimed at identifying and grooming high potential individuals within the LGBT youth, and preparing them for future leadership roles.’

Young LGBT people from across India will be selected among the applicants to participate. 20 will be selected from the host city of Mumbai and another 20 will be chosen from the rest of India.

Those chosen to attend from outside Mumbai will have their travel, meals and other needs during the summit provided for.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their application forms– which will judge their leadership potential, creative skills and willingness to work for other LGBT Indians.

The screening process will be done by project coordinators at MINGLE in consultation with prominent LGBT community leaders in India who are part of the organization’s advisory council.

Organizers say the two days will be packed with a host of activities, workshops and seminars that will hone their leadership skills and prepare them for challenging tasks ahead as pro-active members of the Indian mainstream.

The event is being held with the support of the Fondation de France, Fondation Rainbow Solidarite, Pink Pages, the Humsafar Trust and GB.

If you're a young LGBT person living in India visit www.mingle.org.in/Leadership to apply to attend.

The summit is also looking for volunteers to assist putting the event on.

To apply to volunteer click here

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