Delta: India’s First Homegrown App For LGBTQ People Hopes To Break The Taboo

Posted: May 25, 2018
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India is not the most LGBTQ friendly country. However, the Delta App helps the LGBTQ  community create a space where they can interact with like-minded people and form a network in a safe and secure zone.

India still has miles to go in terms of tolerance when we consider the fact that we are still waging a war against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. However, many Indians are members of the LGBTQ+ community and several more are allies. Where do these people meet and connect with each other when the rest of India is quite hostile? That’s where the Delta App comes in. It’s a great idea  because it was specifically created keeping the situation in India in mind.

How does it work?

Started by Ishaan Sethi – who was inspired by his own experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and Sachin Bhatia, the app helps LGBTQ+ people form a network with similar people whom they may not have met if not for the app (this may include potential friends and dates). Most importantly, it does this in a secure manner. Your name is not visible to anyone unless you choose to connect with them. The Delta App can be used for different purposes. It also acts as a safe space to share information about LGBTQ+ related issues that cannot be discussed in front of the general public, especially in India. The app also links you up with businesses that are welcoming towards the community. Several brands have signed up with them. This helps spread awareness and form useful relationships.

The Delta network also facilitates in forming a robust offline community that you can depend on. For instance, if you are travelling and the app has put you in touch with a hotel, then you will know that you won’t face any discrimination there.

Another pivotal aspect of the Delta App is that it provides support to members of the LGBTQ+ community in important areas like the legal framework, sexual health and awareness as well as many other beneficial resources. This is especially important because many Indian kids are coming out at a very young age now and it is important that they grow up without any feeling of being ostracized. It has a positive impact on adults too.

The first version of the Delta App didn’t have all the features but the best thing about the app is that it keeps developing based one feedback from users. It is bound to eventually grow into something that will play a major role in changing the LGBTQ+ scene in India.

This makes us hopeful that in the future we will witness a more LGBTQ+ friendly India!

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