Created in collaboration with FCB Ulka, ‘Times Out & Proud’ aims to drive the LGBTQ community’s one-point agenda — acceptance.

The initiative is conceptualised as a continuous series of multiple initiatives across print, digital, TV, radio and on-ground. Through various content, interactions and activations, the campaign aims to better integrate the LGBTQ community and raise awareness of their issues.

As part of the campaign, TOI invited members of the LGBTQ community to share their stories with the newspaper in ‘Times Out & Proud Classifieds’. These will be carried across metros at no cost during the tenure of the campaign.

The campaign film launched on TOI’s digital platform, and portrays a story of people from the LGBTQ community and their families who have been living with the hope of an inclusive world. The film offers a sneak peek into the lives of the people who have endured all societal discriminations.

Sanjeev Bhargava, director of TOI, says, "The LGBTQ community has always had a place in our hearts, and now, they also have a special place in our paper."

"Acceptance and inclusivity are the two biggest challenges for all those who are born different or choose to be non-conventional. Through this campaign, we aim to provoke the readers to debate archaic notions and adopt a progressive outlook towards modern living," Bhargava adds.

Swati Bhattacharya, chief creative officer of FCB India, says, "There is nothing like transsexual jealousy, heterosexual laughter, homosexual silence. If we all feel the same things, we must be the same."

"A classified column is the oldest part of the newspaper, one that concerns itself with life, death, birth, jobs and issues that concern members of the LGBTQ community as well. This shall serve as a perfect reminder to humanity that there’s more that connects than divides us," Bhattacharya concludes.

For more information, visit