Director-Programs of The Humsafar Trust
Pallav Patankar is one of the board members and the Director-Programs of The Humsafar Trust: India’s oldest registered LGBT organizations.
Pallav is a part of the Indian LGBT landscape for the last 23 years . At 17 he got in touch with Bombay Dost , India’s only registered LGBT magazine, and went on to be a peer counsellor to other LGBT children in Mumbai who were dealing with their sexuality. He went on to complete two masters, an M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology and then a Master’s Degree in International Business. He worked in the corporate sector for 10 years only to return in 2009 to The Humsafar Trust as a board member and as an LGBT rights advocate. Today he leads the HIV programs as well as the advocacy efforts of The Humsafar Trust and represents the organization as an openly out gay man in the media. He is actively involved in the human rights discourse in Mumbai as well as in the country and an active participant in the Mumbai Pride March. He currently is one of the fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.