Inqlusive Newsrooms is a project by The News Minute, Queer Chennai Chronicles, and QueerBeat to make the Indian media ecosystem more sensitive towards LGBTQIA+ individuals and identities. The project is supported by Google News Initiative. We are creating an LGBTQIA+ Media Reference Guide that will address why newsrooms that currently don’t report on LGBTQIA+ issues should start doing so, help journalists and newsrooms understand how to write about LGBTQIA+ persons and communities in a more respectful manner, while maintaining journalistic rigour. This guide will be translated and localised from English to other Indian languages including Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Hindi. We will also be conducting trainings for journalists, reporters and editors across the country in the coming months, and will also be launching a fellowship for journalists interested in following LGBTQIA+ issues.

About the partners

The News Minute (TNM) is a news organisation focussed on reporting about south India, from south India. Since 2014, TNM has been at the forefront of reporting sensitively on LGBTQIA+ issues in the country. The organisation has a queer person in an editorial leadership position, and has carefully cultivated best practices for reporting and editing on LGBTQIA+ lives and rights. The editorial team at The News Minute is one of the most diverse in the country, and one of our editorial policies is to platform the voices the society ignores.

Queer Chennai Chronicles (QCC) is an independent publishing house and literary forum. QCC was started in the aim to highlight LGBTQIA+ writers, translators and authors, and to make the existing literary space and media reporting queer inclusive. QCC is the organiser of India’s first Queer LitFest, which brings together allies and queer literary personas. QCC also works with various media houses and corporations to create inclusive guidelines on reporting, workplace inclusion strategies and implementation processes.