A study on Indian gay men

Self-reported sexual orientation, relationships pattern, social connectedness, disclosure, and self-esteem in Indian men who use online gay dating website” by Geeta Soohinda, Prabhleen Singh Jaggi, Harshavardhan Sampath, and Sanjiba Dutta, and published in the current issue (January-June 2019, Volume 10 Number 1) of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) is highlighted in this fortnight’s Mind Matters column of Shyamanta Das, the Editor-in-Chief of OJPAS®, titled “A study on Indian gay men” in the Horizon, the Friday supplement of The Assam Tribune.

LGBTQI support group

The session one of the second eight-week LGBTQI support group, held in The Space as a combined effort of XUKIA and SoMHiL, is attended by seven members. Dr. Bornali Das, Senior Lecturer of Psychiatric Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry of Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati represented SoMHiL and started the session. Everyone shared their name, preferred pronoun, and affirmation. Then, the agenda of the session was put forward which was basically to understand the meaning of LBGTIQA and discuss it. The issue and constraints regarding changing gender for transgender people were also put into focus and to find a way to make them assessable to the process. In the end, Mr. Shankar, one of the members, shared his story in a nutshell in quite a poetic way.

World Health Day


“To have eyesight but no vision is worse than being blind”, said Helen Keller. On the occasion of the celebration of World Health Day, Mythili Hazarika, the President of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) delivered a motivational speech to the students of Guwahati Blind High School.