Adarsha was formed in 2010 and comprises of 3500 male and transgender sex workers who sell sex to men. 25% of the members are HIV positive and come from very poor socio-economic background. Adarsha was formed to fight the dual challenges of gender identity and sex-workers’ identity. Adarsha’s guiding principle is to gain social acceptance as Male Sex Workers (MSW) and Transgender Sex Workers (TGSW) and to ensure that the fundamental rights as citizens of India are provided and safeguarded.
Adarsha’s core areas of work are to promote and continue to ensure equity in sexual health services and access to stigma free healthcare services to all constituent members. It is aimed at promoting grassroots leadership to reduce vulnerabilities by addressing rights-based issues, mitigating crisis, stigma and description and thereby attaining social justice for the community through structured leadership. Adarsha also envisions spreading its wings and uniting male and transgender sex-workers at a regional platform.
Currently, the Red Umbrella Fund supports Adarsha.