Chaired by a three-term President of the Indian Gas Association, ACTD was born with a vision to revolutionize policies and create innovative products for the improvement of the sector and the country.
Built on principles of social responsibility and national consciousness, ACTD also sought ways to provide the highest consumer segment of fuel in India with alternative, cost effective and viable energy sources. In 1999, they conceptualized the conversion of petrol vehicles into gas powered vehicles.
However, deteriorating fuel reserves, skyrocketing fuel prices and a battered planet foretold a bleak scenario. Driven by a pro-environment consciousness ACTD believed that true innovation could merge automotive transport with green initiatives. For years, ACTD committed themselves to search for and build an eco-friendly solution for its loyal consumer segment.
The GO GREEN Initiative of ACTD began in 2007 with an aim to reduce to national carbon footprint. By designing the electric 2 wheeler – Go Green Battery Operated Vehicle – ACTD has provided the national consumer base with a greener and energy efficient option.
The GO GREEN BOV represents a company’s success at striving for the unattainable. These electric vehicles present limitless advantages to the automobile industry. As a battery operated vehicle, consumers spend ZERO rupees on fuel/ petrol leading to immense cost savings. Further, the futuristic designs of both models find favour with a wide ranging consumer segment – the trendy youth as well as the veterans. The mechanics of the vehicle are simple leading to low maintenance, reduced weight, easy handling, riding comfort, and no noise. With ZERO emissions, this vehicle represents the solution for a better planet and a far reaching investment.
To create energy efficient vehicles that empowers our customers to lead sustainable and greener lifestyles. To consistently innovate and redesign our products in keeping with the values of Green/ Sustainable Engineering thereby providing maximum profit and leading to minimum emissions planetary risk.
To reboot our load by actively choosing alternative energy sources that can ensure minimized pollution, maximum profitability, a developed economy and a greener planet.
To lend nature a helping hand by reducing pollution by ONE degree every year
ACTD is a Bangalore based company with 22 years of experience in the automobile industry. Currently we have five service centres across Bangalore.
From the word ‘GO’ ACTD has been an unconventional enterprise. We believed in GREEN initiatives. Despite scepticism amongst our automotive peers, we sought out ways to merge smarter engines with automobiles. In 1999, we conceptualized the conversion of petrol to pioneered gas powered vehicles. Founded by a team that believes in innovation, we constantly look for ways to develop viable alternatives for maximum automotive comfort.
All of us want to affiliate with people who are like us, who share common needs, experiences, and values. We yearn to create a place for ourselves that affirms our identity, where we can be free to be who we are. To that end, LGBT people have shaped distinctive subcultures: worlds that vary widely by geography, time, and the identity of their participants.
To form community, LGBT people have gathered in bars, bookstores, and bathhouses. They organized softball teams, male beauty contests, and poetry clubs. Some LGBT people sang the blues, while others danced to disco, flocked to Broadway musicals, or camped it up at The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of course, not all LGBT people identified with these subcultures—perhaps because they were unaware of them, were geographically isolated, or feared being stigmatized or ghettoized.
LGBT people have used places, both public and private, as opportunities to form a social world, a sense of community, and an identity.
Certain events, especially during the past 50 years, have strengthened LGBT community ties, both within and across subcultures. Examples include:
Specific forms of dress, language, gestures, and behaviors are an integral part of expressing identity within any community or subculture. Historically, the adoption of secret codes allowed gay men and lesbians to recognize each other, while remaining inconspicuous to the outside world.
In the 1890s, the green carnation worn by Oscar Wilde was a primary signifier. Later a red tie was adopted as a signal. In butch-femme subcultures among lesbians, dress and behavior conformed to their own set of rules and expectations. From the 1970s to the present, various colors of hankies or bandanas have signaled a veritable glossary of sexual preferences. Alternatively, earrings, tight jeans, or plucked eyebrows were also adopted as self-identifiers.
Share Our Stories: Visitors are surrounded by images of people from all walks of life and from every era of American history. Visitors recognize some of the faces, but most are unknown to them, or presented in an unfamiliar context when the visitor first meets them. Compelling and dynamic, these images mark the beginning of a journey of discovery for visitors, who meet these people again as they explore Here I Am and the unfolding story of the LGBT experience.
The Science of Sex Interactive: In the form of a quiz show or a three-dimensional timeline, visitors explore the science of human sexuality as it has evolved during the past 150 years. Research from the fields of psychiatry, biology, genetics, and sociology will be included in this interactive survey.
For some people, the diverse arrangements of contemporary American families are alarming—indicative of destructive changes to the fabric of our society. A serious study of the history of the American family, however, reveals that the only constant over time has been change. The American family has always been a dynamic institution in terms of its composition, the roles of its members, and its function in society. In other words, there is no such thing as the traditional American family.
All of us have family—that is, the people we consider our closest relationships and our primary sources of love, companionship, and protection. These relationships may be based on kinship, partnership, or just friendship. A sampling of contemporary family photos would reveal a multiplicity of arrangements: married couples with kids, unmarried couples with kids, single moms and single dads, blended families (mine, yours, ours), grandparents taking care of grandchildren, multi-racial and multi-ethnic families. And LGBT people are part of that spectrum.
Whatever our sexual or gender identity, as we grow from childhood into adulthood, from immaturity to sexual maturity, from dependency to independence, we look beyond our initial family for our closest and most intimate relationships. Family is part of what defines who we are. But what if we don’t fit the heterosexual norm? Or our family has disowned us? Or laws prevent us from having intimate partners or spouses of the same sex?
A look at history reveals that LGBT families are not a new phenomenon. They have always existed. Family is fundamental.
In as many as 130 Native American tribes, men who took on the dress and customary roles of women were not only an accepted part of their communities but often revered for their special spiritual qualities. In some tribes, transgender males were free to marry other men or to form long-term same-sex partnerships. Although European missionaries ultimately drove these men underground, the tradition, know as “Two Spirit,” is still alive among native peoples. (Women also took on male roles with some of them becoming tribal chiefs or warriors.)
Long-term households established by two unmarried, usually college-educated, women during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among these women were the nation’s first social workers and its first female physicians and lawyers—career paths that would likely have been blocked to them if they had chosen a heterosexual marriage. For most of these “educated spinsters” it is unclear whether their domestic relationships were sexual.
“Lavender,” or front, marriages between gay men and lesbians were not uncommon during the 1950s. A form of “passing,” they provided cover for both parties from family, friends, and co-workers during a period of intense national homophobia. The term, “lavender marriages,” first came into colloquial use in the 1920s.
Families and friends have become a powerful asset to the LGBT fight for equality. Harvey Milk’s 1978 “Hope Speech” implored gays and lesbians in San Francisco’s Castro district to come out to their friends and families as a means of building a political base. A mother by the name of Jeanne Manford marched with her son Morty in the 1972 Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade carrying a poster that read, “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children.” Even Frank Kameny’s mom joined some of his protest marches. Today, organizations like Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members.
My Family: Using a touch-screen interface, visitors share their experiences of family, breaking down myths and stereotypes about American family life and family values. “My Family” stories can become part of the Museum’s archival database and be shard with other visitors.
Fighting For Family: A film explores the journey that families have taken to understand, accept, and respect each other when gender expression and sexual orientation conflicted with family expectations. The film honors the courage of parents and children as they work privately and, at times, publically to keep the bonds of family intact.
American society has always passed judgment on people whose sexual or gender behavior did not fit the perceived norm. Over time, same-sex behavior has been categorized as immoral, damnable, criminal, inverted, perverted, and sick. Being open about one’s sexuality in America has always carried risks: alienation from family, loss of jobs, confinement in a prison or a mental hospital, less-than-honorable military discharge, verbal and physical abuse, denial of the right to marry, separation from children, and even deportation and execution. Today, the risks to one’s safety and livelihood are fewer but have not been eliminated.
Despite being perceived as outsiders, LGBT people have participated in—and contributed to—every facet of society. Doing so often meant keeping private lives hidden from public view, and perhaps even from one’s self. However, every occupation, town, or family includes LGBT people.
Being Me in America is told through individual personalities. These profiles take us into all aspects of American life: the workplace, the military, the arts, the political arena, and beyond. Set against a historical backdrop, each profile featured in Being Me in America reflects the prevailing medical, legal, and religious attitudes of the period and the contemporary social contexts of gender, geography, and class. The stories underscore the cyclical swings in acceptance and intolerance. Profiles of major American figures are thematically grouped to highlight LGBT contributions to American history and culture that include some of our greatest treasures, finest moments, and defining art forms.
In 1662, this Puritan clergyman published The Day of Doom, a fire-and-brimstone poem about the Last Judgment. Excerpts from the poem are still used to illustrate the severity of New England Puritanism. In his diary (not fully decoded until the 1960s), Wigglesworth recorded his battle with his “filthy lust” for men. Religious teachings and moral attitudes of Wigglesworth’s time focused on the “sin” of sodomy. In some colonies, sodomy was a capital offense.
In a letter to his friend John Laurens, Alexander Hamilton explained that his marriage would not change his love for Laurens: “I wish…by action, rather than words, to convince you that I love you.” Same-sex affection was expressed more openly during Hamilton’s era than in later centuries, and the boundaries between friendship and sexual attraction were not always clear. However, Hamilton’s role as an architect of American democracy is undisputed. In 1787-88, he worked with John Jay and James Madison to write a series of essays in support of the Constitution. Known as The Federalist Papers, these writings proved critical in achieving ratification of the Constitution.
Walt Whitman described Peter Doyle, a Washington, D.C., streetcar conductor, as his “dearest comrade.” Their relationship exemplified the virtues of the close male-to-male friendships that Whitman waxed lyrical about in his poems. In public, Whitman equivocated about the sexual aspects of these friendships, reflecting the amorphous notions about sexuality of the period. Doyle said about Whitman: “His disposition was different. Woman in that sense never came into his head.”
It is estimated that more than 400 women who passed as men fought as soldiers in the Civil War. For centuries, women have passed as men in order to live the lives they wanted to—doing “men’s work” or living with other women. For others passing allowed them to live with other women. Many went undetected until illness or death “blew” their cover.
Industrialization and urbanization changed the American landscape, and with this change the first wave of feminism broke on shore. Anthony, the most famous of these pioneering feminists, dedicated her life to achieving social and political equality for American women. Like many of these trailblazing women, Anthony never married and formed her closest emotional and affectionate bonds with other women. Whether their relationships were sexual is largely unknown.
Locke was among the leading intellectual figures of the Harlem Renaissance, many of whom were “in the life.” Despite the relative tolerance toward homosexuality and bisexuality during the 1920s, the black gay literati remained circumspect about their sexual orientation, emphasizing their blackness instead.
Composer, pianist, and arranger, Strayhorn was one of the forces behind the sound of Duke Ellington’s band, creating some of the Duke’s best-known pieces, for instance, “Lush Life” and “Take the A Train.” Despite his incredible talent, Strayhorn remained in Ellington’s shadow as an under-estimated composer. Strayhorn lived openly as a gay black man during an intensely homophobic era. He also was active in the nascent civil rights movement.
The military’s tolerance of homosexuality among its troops ended with the close of World War II. Some soldiers and marines were dishonorably discharged, others received a court-martial, and yet others received a less-than-honorable “blue” discharge. Service men and women who were identified as homosexuals were put on “queer ships,” and discharged to the nearest U.S. port city such as New York or San Francisco, giving birth to some of today’s largest homosexual communities.
In the 1950s, when it was illegal in California for more than two homosexuals to congregate, Harry Hay co-founded the Mattachine Society, the first enduring organization for gay men and women. (However, it consisted primarily of men.) Known as the father of the modern gay movement, Hay is credited with being the first to apply the term “minority” to gay men and women, affirming his belief that LGBT people share a culture, as do members of various religious and ethnic groups. The Mattachine Society eventually grew into a national network with chapters in dozens of cities, creating a national model for gay activism.
The story of Copland, whose sinewy music is rooted in American folkways and icons, epitomizes a paradox of the early Cold War years, the first decade following World War II. Like Tennessee Williams, Samuel Barber, James Baldwin, and other gay artists of the period, Copland played a major role in America’s post-World War II rise as a cultural power. This role, however, did not protect him from the homophobic Lavender Scare that swept America at the time. In 1953, the State Department barred his work from nearly 200 American libraries around the world.
Fired in 1957 as an astronomer with the U.S. Army Map Service for being a homosexual, Frank Kameny became the first federal civil service employee to be dismissed on the basis of sexual orientation. Refusing to accept this infringement on his civil rights, Kameny fought his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but the court denied him a hearing. Determined to secure equality in employment for gays and lesbians, he took his case to the streets, organizing pickets in front of the White House and other government buildings. Kameny was a pioneering social activist in the civil rights movement for the LGBT community.
A civil rights activist, Rustin was a longtime adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr., who introduced to King the tactic of non-violent protest. Rustin, however, had been arrested on a “morals” charge in 1953. Because his homosexuality was considered a liability to the civil rights movement, Rustin always remained in the background. With A. Philip Randolph as the front man, Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington, which culminated with King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Within a year of the march, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. Although Rustin did not conceal his orientation, it remained relatively unknown until the 1980s when he testified before the New York City Council in support of a proposed gay rights bill.
The first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk implored gay men and lesbians to come out to their parents and friends. Only then, Milk argued, could the community broaden its political base and fight the conservative backlash that threatened the gains made by the fledging gay rights movement. Chief among Milk’s targets was the well-funded “Save Our Children” campaign headed by singer Anita Bryant. The campaign aimed to overturn recently enacted local ordinances that had made discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal in a number of cities.
Fryer was the gay psychiatrist who agreed to participate in the panel discussion, “Psychiatry, Friend or Foe to the Homosexuals” at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association (APA) convention. Fryer agreed to speak only if he could wear a mask and wig and disguise his voice. The following year, APA delisted homosexuality as a mental illness. At the time, homosexuality was considered an illness that could be “cured” by treatments that ranged from psychoanalysis to institutionalization to shock therapy. Despite the “de-listing,” these “treatments” were not universally, nor immediately, rejected by mental health practitioners. Dr. Fryer did not reveal his identity until 1994.
Writer, performer, and activist Kate Bornstein has been on the vanguard of the American transgender movement since the 1980s. Her writings, which include My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely, have helped to empower a generation of transgender people and raise public awareness of the transgender experience.
Places and Spaces: A 360-degree multi-media experience takes visitors across the country, through time, and up and down the economic ladder, putting them into the places and spaces where LGBT people have found community.
Me In America! America In Me! An uplifting film celebrates extraordinary and ordinary LGBT American people, taking visitors into all areas of American life: a factory floor, an art gallery, a school bus, a combat mission in Iraq, a local fire department, a football field, a TV newsroom, a Bible study group, and the halls of Congress where LGBT people are shaping America and America is shaping LGBT people. Despite attacks upon their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives, LGBT individuals have persevered in their quest to discover, define, and defend their true identities as people and as Americans.
Being Me is about how we identify ourselves—coming to terms with “me.” This is a process that may be complicated if we see our self as an outsider, one at odds with “normal” society. Commonly referred to as “coming out” by contemporary LGBT people, this process can be marked by one defining moment or many smaller moments (stepping out and stepping back in) and may involve being out to some but not to others.
Coming-out stories have been told by and recorded from the entire spectrum of gender and sexual identities. Stories come from every corner of America, shared by people of all religions, classes, and occupations. Being Me introduces a diversity of voices, many of which reappear in other sections of the Here I Am exhibit.
Told in both historical and contemporary voices, these stories illustrate the fluidity of the lexicon of gender identity and sexual orientation: the labels homosexual, heterosexual, straight, gay, lesbian, and transgender. These labels have changed from era to era, in terms of their very existence in the language and their emotive power as sources of stigma and acceptance, pain and pride.
How do I know that I am gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender? How do I know that I am not alone? Most of us are born into heterosexual families and have heterosexual neighbors and schoolmates by whom gender and sexual orientation are taken for granted. We live in a society where heterosexuality is perceived as the norm. The stories here reveal that self-awareness has always been an unfolding process, one that depends on communication: reading, listening, observing, and searching.
These stories speak to the complex nature of defining, and distinguishing between, gender and sexual identity. They underscore our presumptions about each other and our personal concepts of normalcy: the heterosexual person who believes homosexuality is a choice curable by therapy, prayer, or by an act of will; the gay man who thinks a bisexual man or woman is being dishonest and should make a choice to be either homosexual or heterosexual; and those who assume that transgender individuals are always gay. But by accepting that genders and sexualities fall along a wide spectrum—persistently defying rigid categories—we can address many of our misconceptions.
We’ve all got one (even if we are not in the LGBT community). A coming out story!
Visitors are invited to share their own coming out stories in a small private recording booth. Using a touch-screen interface, visitors record their stories, opting to speak extemporaneously in response to a set of questions, or have a companion interview them. Once recorded, the stories may be added to the Museum’s digital archives, if the visitor so elects. Some stories, after archival review, may appear in the exhibition hall.
The three-dimensional exhibit space will integrate objects with media and interactive technologies to produce immersive experiences, some of which visitors can customize to their age, learning style, and interests. Mobile technologies will “push” photos, text, video, audio, and interactive content out to visitors as they move through the space. These technologies will also provide unique opportunities for social interaction and dialogue among visitors both on and off the museum site.
However, to balance the media-intensive experience, an architecturally unique space will be designated for contemplation—a “no-tech” area where visitors can pause and reflect: What does this experience mean to me? What connects us as individuals, families, communities, and society? Where do we go from here to strengthen those bonds?
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Electric vehicles have a number of benefits compared to conventional vehicles including:
IC engine vehicles have an energy conversion efficiency of 32% when compared to that of an Electric Vehicle, which is around 92%. And over that, Go Green Battery Operated Vehicles are lighter thus reducing the pressure on the motor and increasing its efficiency.
All critical internal components are securely waterproofed and tested. The rainy season presents no threat to the bike’s superb functioning. However, be careful to ensure that the battery operated vehicle doesn’t get submerged in water.
You can wash it the usual way. Be careful to wash with the pressurized water at the specified points which will be shown at the time of delivery. As there is not that much oiling, greasing is required in the vehicles, you can also wipe the vehicle with the damp cloth. Ensure the electric bike is completely dry before you start it.
Complete two wheeler warranty is valid for one year. Warranty for the battery is six months.
All critical internal components are made waterproof. The bikes can be driven in the rain as any two wheelers. However, be careful to ensure that the battery operated vehicle doesn’t get submerged in stagnant water.
Definitely, fixing a puncture is simple and easy since the motor connections are given just behind the rear fork guard which is easy to disconnect and reconnect once repaired. Puncture resistant gel is available as an accessory which will not allow the tyre to get punctured.
There are only three major parts in an E-bike which is Motor, Controller and Batteries. The warranty on each of them is as mentioned below:
Not at all. These electric bikes used sealed lead acid batteries and hence require no maintenance.
Most of the parts are readily available in the market. And our dealers will usually have the stock of the parts like fibre which is not available in the market and if not , it will be arranged in day or two.
The power consumption varies according to the GoGreen Battery Operated Vehicle that a customer has opted for.
Usually it varies between 1 to 2.5 units which would roughly cost about Rs 5 to Rs 10.
The battery would last upto 20,000 Kms. And with the proper maintenance it would be more.
Not at all. These electric bikes used sealed lead acid batteries and hence require no maintenance.
It is recommended to charge the GoGreenBOV Batteries as and when you get an opportunity to charge & avoid complete discharge in use.
Anyone over the age of 16 can legally ride an electric bicycle.
Any lead acid battery charger has this mode of trical charging. This is to maintain the batteries at the fully charged condition, as the Lead batteries has a tendency of Open Circuit discharge. So, once there is a green light in the charger, the charger should be removed from connection with the batteries within two to three hours.
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Motor is a device, which converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Brushless motors offer several advantages over brushed DC motors, including more torque per weight, more torque per watt (increased efficiency), increased reliability, reduced noise, longer lifetime (no brush and commutator erosion), elimination of ionizing sparks from the commutator, and overall reduction ofelectromagnetic interference (EMI). With no windings on the rotor, they are not subjected to centrifugal forces, and because the windings are supported by the housing, they can be cooled by conduction, requiring no airflow inside the motor for cooling. This in turn means that the motor's internals can be entirely enclosed and protected from dirt or other foreign matter.
As the rear wheel itself is the motor, the transmission losses and frictional losses are avoided.
The controller is the brain of the electric vehicle. Based on the throttle position, the controller would supply the required power to the motor to achieve the required speed of the driver. It also makes sure the power to the motor shuts off as soon as the rider applies brakes to avoid the wastage of energy. Go GreenBOV has an intelligent controller baking system that stores the dissipated energy at the time of braking.
Batteries in an Electric Vehicle are a storage tank of energy. As and when you start driving the vehicle, the stored energy is being used.
Once the batteries are discharged after using, it needs to be charged with the company provided charger which will be connected to the normal house-hold AC (Alternate Current).
Battery Charging time varies according to the Go GreenBOV Model you have. Usually it varies between 6 to 10 hours for a fully discharged condition.
Battery life depends on the factors mentioned below.
In the regular gasoline vehicles, 10% of the power developed is being used to charge the batteries fitted onto the vehicles. But here, as the vehicle itself is running on the batteries, we cannot afford to waste the power the charge the batteries. But the part of power being developed while braking is being used to charge the batteries which is limited
An Electric Vehicle charger is a converter that converts AC to DC supply according to the requirement of the battery bank that is there in the vehicles.
Plug in the charger onto the regular 5A AC socket wherever available ( Home, Office, Parking Lot, etc. )
The Power consumption varies according to the Go GreenBOV model you own. Usually it varies between 6 to 10 hours on a fully discharged condition. And the power consumption for the same would be between 1 to 2.5 units per charge.
The Foundation invites individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations to invest in this initial phase of our fundraising campaign. Founder’s and President’s Circle members receive the following benefits:
Recognition: Acknowledgment on the website and selected publications.
Leverage: An investment that enables the Foundation to build a broad constituency.
Communications: Insider updates, reports, and other publications.
Special Privileges: Invitations to special events that showcase and promote the Museum.The Foundation is developing specific benefits to commensurate with the level of these gifts. Once the architectural and design plans for the Museum are underway, the Foundation will offer the first opportunity for permanent naming rights to Circle donors in order of giving level.
The Founder’s Circle was established to provide perpetual Recognition for major donors who are among the first to demonstrate their commitment to creating the Museum. Early capital campaign gifts and pledges of 100,000 or more, made prior to the opening of the museum, will jump-start the campaign for the Museum. These Gifts are payable over one to three years. The names of all Founders’ Circle donors will appear on a permanent display in a prominent location inside the entrance to the Museum. Through its website, special communications, and events, the Foundation will provide its partners with national visibility. There are 4 giving categories within the Founder’s Circle:
Donors of annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Velvet Foundation are members of the President’s Circle. These gifts enable the Foundation to begin its programmatic work, plan the museum, and build its capabilities in preparation for a multi-million capital campaign and major construction project. President’s Circle members will be listed on the Museum’s Website and in selected publications for the year in which they make their gift. The President’s Circle will include the following levels:
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