6 Feb 2018

Thousands Protest Section 377 in Mumbai's Gay Pride Parade

The focus for Mumbai Pride 2018 was India's colonial anti-gay law.

Thousands of LGBT took to the streets of Mumbai this weekend for a pride parade themed 'Section 377 Quit India,' referencing the country's colonial-era law that criminalises sex "against the order of nature".

The Queer Azaadi Mumbai pride parade started from August Kranti Maidan, the spot where independence hero Mahatma Gandhi announced the Quit India movement, and ended at the Girgaum Chowpaaty beach.

India's only gay prince Manvendra Singh Gohil said: "Homosexuality has existed in our country since the bygone era and we also find evidence of the same in our mythology, culture, literature, art and tradition. It's important for the society to realise that no amount of stigmatisation and discrimination will deter the queer community from fighting for and securing their rights," according to

The city's 10th march marked the end of Mumbai's month-long pride festival.