5:40 pm: A new life Church for the LGBT community is in the works in the city, with a target of opening its doors to the LGBT+ community in the next few months.
The church, which is being planned in the heart of the city’s Gay Pride parade ground, will be located at the intersection of Gay Street and Bhendi Agan.
“It is going to be the largest new life centre in the country,” Pranjal Bharti, president of the New Life Church, told PTI.
The new life community, which will be the first in the state to offer services to the transgender community, will aim to cater to those in the LGBT and gender non-conforming communities, Bhartis statement said.
The centre will also offer free gender reassignment surgery for those who wish to change their gender from male to female.
“We are taking our focus away from just what is gender-specific, we are taking a holistic approach,” he said.
“Our goal is to provide services to those who are living in the margins of society,” said Bhartic.
He said the new life will be a place where people can come to “get a life”, adding that he is in talks with various stakeholders and NGOs.