Kiran Nayak

Disability and Transgender Activist, Karnataka

Kiran is a Disability and Transgender Activist in Karnataka.

In 2010, Kiran joined as a volunteer with Sangama, a resource centre on sexuality. It was during this time that he received training in sexuality and learned about gender for the first time. Subsequently, Kiran obtained a small fellowship to address transgender and disability issues in Chikkaballapur district. During his work in the district, he encountered numerous challenges and identified several issues. Individuals who were both transgender and had a disability faced problems such as family harassment, sexual harassment, and police harassment. Moreover, there was a lack of organizations addressing these issues specifically in Chikkaballapur. In response, Kiran took the initiative to establish an organization named Nisarga, collaborating with fellow transgender individuals. As of now, Nisarga boasts a membership of 3,500 individuals.

In 2010, Kiran initiated the Karnataka Vikalachetanara Sanghatane (KVS), formally registered in 2012, with a primary emphasis on sexuality and disability. The organization is engaged in advocacy efforts addressing issues related to accessibility.

Kiran is also associated with Solidarity Foundation in Bangalore and deals specifically on female-to-male transgender issues.

Passionate about the cause, Kiran emphasizes the importance of fostering an inclusive environment where individuals experience dignity and equitable treatment as other citizens do. He sees political participation as a crucial avenue for amplifying our voices on matters concerning sexual minorities.

11.00 AM - 11.45 AM

Saturday 9th Dec 2023

Harassment, Discrimination & Bullying and persons with disabilities: Experiences, Challenges & Solutions