Queer Pride Celebrations in India (Video)

Some 2,000 people joined the fourth Delhi Queer Pride on November 27, the second since India’s Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality.

Organized by the Delhi Queer Pride Committee, all permissions were taken from the Delhi Police to host this march, and the police provided security cover during the event with more than 40 male and female police personnel present.

The march ended in Jantar Mantar with a reading of the ‘Charter of Demands for LGBT Rights’ and a two minute silence for those Hijra (transgender) sisters who died in the recent Nand Nagri fire tragedy.

India TV News quoted Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who recently participated in the fifth season of TV reality show ‘Big Boss,’ saying:

Most of those who died were prominent gurus. When parents shut their doors to a hijra child born in the family, it is these gurus who adopt them. They are like our parents. Many in my community have been orphaned.

Delhi LGBT held a parade, titled ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ (a celebration of freedom), in June on the second anniversary of the Supreme court decision to spread awareness about the problems faced by the community like forced marriages, discrimination at workplace, social stigma and ostracization.

In Bangalore, 800 attended the Pride march on November 30, the culmination of a week-long festival organized by the Campaign for Sexualities Minorities Rights (CSMR).

The Hindu reported:

A highlight of Pride 2011 was that many new people participated, irrespective of their sexual orientation. “The garage sale [a fundraiser] and poster-making sessions brought the participation of several enthusiastic persons, some of them first-timers. And the pride march attracted techies who announced their support to the LGBT community with heart-warming placards. All these are positive signs that the LGBT community is slowly gaining acceptance,” said CSMR volunteer Sowmya Reddy

Delhi Queer Pride 2011

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Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Good for them. Equality for all! Gay rights are human rights.

Maria, they are not advertising or validating it, but celebrating themselves and the freedom to be who they are and love who they want, which in many parts of the world makes them victims of hate crimes, government sponsored round-ups or worse yet murder. You mentioned that "there are thousands of people who are proud of what they do or who they are...none of those people go on parade". But are those people constantly having to deal with discrimination and intolerance based on who they are? Are they often and endlessly trivialized and marginalized and criminalized for just being who they are? I think being able to live freely and manage to survive other people's hatred, intolerance and stupidity is something worth celebrating. If you don't care about them getting married then why get pushed out of shape if they have a parade? Or would you prefer they live in silence and shadows as a second class minority? Get over yourself and stay over yourself!

Erica Cook
Erica Cook6 years ago

Okay I have to say it, India has a pride parade but Ft. Wayne Indiana doesn't. WTF?!!

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel6 years ago

OMG gay people in India too?

Roger Monk
Past Member 6 years ago

It's the first time I've heard of something like this in India, so thanks for letting us know about it.

Good for them. I wish them well.

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare6 years ago

I thought Hijras are transexuals, no? :/

Maria M.
Maria M6 years ago

I'm a heterosexual... although I have family and friends that are gay. I'm all for equal rights for anyone whether they are straight, gay, man/woman/child. If they wish to get married.. let them get married.. who cares? They have the right to know how lousy/or great a marriage can be.

There's nothing wrong with being proud of who you are but IMO the parades are a bit over the top. There are thousands of people who are proud of what they do or who they are... none of those people go on parade. What is so special about a person's sexual preference that they need a parade to advertise it? Anyone who matters already knows they are gay. If gays wanted equality.. then shouldn't the parade be avoided all together? If you're gay and proud of it, do you really need a parade to validate your sexual preferences?

John Mansky
John Mansky6 years ago

Gays are really no different. No question on equal rights!..

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher6 years ago

Long Live Gays!
Great people, much more tolerant and sensitive than the average straights.

Valerie Hammett
Valerie Hammett6 years ago

in Uganda the gay people are also fighting where theyre trying to make it a crime punishable by death.

gays will be found in every nation...

Lindsey B.
Lindsey B6 years ago

haha, good for gay people in India. Freedom of expression is beautiful. =)