Safe Access is building an ecosystem to advance equitable health care for the LGBTQ community in India by training and sensitizing health professionals. It aims to equip health care professionals with the knowledge and tools to serve the LGBTQ community competently and compassionately in a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. A technology-enabled web platform will list such professionals, along with their credentials, location, and services offered. The community will be able to use the platform to find and book appointments, consult doctors without fear of judgment, and review their experiences, thus gaining a voice in their own well-being.
Shubham Choudhary is founder and executive director of Safe Access. He is a Rise Up Youth Champion working in the area of sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). He served as a Gandhi Fellow for two years in indigenous regions of Rajasthan in India, where he worked to transform the public education system by improving student learning outcomes. During his time at the Fellowship, he initiated Mahavari se Yaari, a grassroots-level rural campaign aimed at educating women and girls about menstrual health and hygiene.The campaign is now a livelihood project, with women’s self-help groups making and selling reusable cloth menstrual pads to surrounding villages. Shubham holds a BA from Delhi University, India, and a diploma in women and gender studies from IGNOU. He is also a certified sexuality reproductive health and rights trainer and consultant.