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LGBT Community in India Celebrates With Colorful Parade

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Image: Shutterstock

Image: Shutterstock

The colors were queer and the colors were beautiful.

Although being LGBT is still seen as shameful in most of India, hundreds of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful flags as they celebrated and marched in a parade in New Delhi last Sunday, celebrating what they consider the “diversity of gender and sexuality”.

While the gay pride parade celebrated the gains made in recent years of India’s LGBT community, parade organizers also wanted to highlight the continuing discrimination it faces. The event marked the 8th anniversary of the Queer Delhi Parade march, and the second one since the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the courts should not have struck down section 377, which criminalizes homosexual acts, in 2009. Before this year’s parade, organizers released a list of demands in a statement including legal protections for transgender citizens:

“…Section 377 remains a blight on our laws,” says a member of the Delhi Queer Pride Committee. “In our everyday lives, too many of us remain fearful of being ourselves in homes, schools, workplaces, hospitals, and the public spaces of our city.”

“Over the past decade, homosexuals have gained a degree of acceptance in parts of deeply conservative India, especially in big cities. Many bars have gay nights, and some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues,” says members of the pride committee.

Although being gay is seen as shameful in most of the country and many of them remain closeted, things aren’t all bad though progress of the community is slow. “But it’s happening. People are increasingly attending the parade without masks, which is indicative of the changing trends around the topic of homosexuality,” says Harsh Argarwal.


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