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.
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
Picture by Aditya Bondyopadhyay