Last year I had posted about the First ever Delhi queer pride parade event. This year they are back again! As always, the event is open to straight people as well.
For us as Delhi’s bloggers here’s what we can do:
1. Support Delhi’s LGBT people. From the moral police stopping the screening of films like “Fire” we come down to supporting LGBT’s in the open.
2. Blog about it and spread awareness about it.
3. This would be a very interesting photo-op in every sense, from the documentation of this event to photographing it artistically, what with rainbow coloured masks.
A similar march will take place in Kolkata Sunday and in Sri Lanka too.
The agenda as mentioned on their blog is here:
We assemble at Barakhamaba Road at 5 pm and the march will start at 5.30 pm. We should reach Jantar Mantar at around 7.30 pm – where we have organised some space for people to come up and say a few words or sing or shout slogans! Everyone is welcome!
Why Queer pride parade?
Today in India, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face violence and discrimination from different quarters. Here are some examples of our daily oppression:
· Lesbians are subject to violence, forced into marriage and even driven to commit suicide by their families.
· Gay men are blackmailed by organized scandals that often involve the police.
· Hijras are routinely arrested and raped by the police.
· Same sex couples who have lived together for years cannot buy a house together or will their property to each other or even adopt a child as a couple if they wish.
· LGBTI people are constantly mocked, demeaned and denied their basic human rights of self-expression.
All this is happening because Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code treats LGBTI people as criminals. It has been used to arrest, prosecute, terrorize and blackmail sexual minorities. It has strengthened the already existing stereotypes, hatred and abuse in homes, schools, workplaces and streets, forcing millions of LGBTI people to live in fear and silence at tragic cost to themselves and their families. And yet, these lives go on. They go on as a struggle every single day.
It is essential that –
· Section 377 is duly read down in the Delhi High Court and this precedent replicated across the country.
· The government introduce specific legislation protecting queer people from discrimination on the basis of their gender and sexuality.
· Violence against LGBTI people by the police be addressed and severely reprehended.
· Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people in all spheres of life (family, workplace, educational institutions) be acknowledged and addressed.
· Positive efforts, such as the Aravani Welfare Board set up by the Tamil Nadu Government for the hijra community, are replicated in other parts of the country.
· All persons are able to exercise their right to live their lives with dignity and freedom, regardless of their gender and sexuality identities.
For more details, visit http://delhiqueerpride.blogspot.com