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30 Nov 2016

Watch: Hundreds march in Delhi Gay Pride

The ninth Delhi Queer Pride Parade took the theme ‘a life without fear.’

Organizers have said that 800-1000 people joined the annual gay pride march through India’s capital on Sunday, while some media put the number as high as 3,000.

The march kicked off from Barakhamba Road and Tolstoy Marg and its focus, as with previous marches, was a repeal of Section 377 that criminalises same-sex unions.

This year's march was also in support of Dalits, Muslims, women, disabled, Kashmiris, people in the North-East, Adivasis, academics, filmmakers and students, according to an earlier statement on the Facebook page created for the event.

"Pride is an inter-mingling of many movements — feminism, anti-caste movements, for free speech, so this march is important as it is a united call for a prejudice-free India," one of the participants told India’s First Post.

"For me pride is about education, dignity and safety for all," 21-year-old Alankrita told New Delhi TV.

"Today we must also remember the sobriety of transgender deaths in recent times that's so important," Dr Brinda Bose, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University said.

"Our community is increasing day by day. Occasions like pride are so sensitive that the media itself is scarcely seen here nowadays but still members of our community are turning up for pride," Aayat, a transwoman said.

Watch some of the pride parade below:




Reader's Comments

1. 2016-12-05 08:31  
Hundreds? In the second most populous country in the world? Brave people, I'm thinking, but not many of them.

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