Before September 6, 2018, being queer was considered a crime in India. The landmark judgement that decriminalized homosexuality opened up new avenues for social justice in India, and now protects LGBTQ+ India from judicial violence.
Unfortunately, prejudice extends far beyond the constitution, and can even affect the quality of healthcare provided to the LGBTQ+ individual. Even mental health professionals were unsure of how to help clients that were not heterosexual and cisgender.
Today, we can safely say that therapy has come a long way, and many therapists are trauma-informed and queer-affirmative in their practise. They take into account the fact that the world has dominant heterosexual constructs, and help the LGBTQ+ client navigate through it in an informed manner. We’ve rounded up a list of queer-affirmative counselors in Mumbai that you can reach out to, should you ever need it.