28 Nov 2016 | On Sunday afternoon, the “glory” and “fabulousness” of asserted identities, and their supporters came together to throng the streets of the Capital, marking a vibrant and colourful ninth Delhi Queer Pride. The event, held annually on last Sunday of November is also in effect for the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and also to strengthen the fight against discrimination faced by sexual minorities in the country. A demand to provide justice for Tara, a transwoman found dead in Chennai in an alleged case of police harassment was also reinstated in this year’s Pride.
Queer folks and their supporters marched from the intersection of Barakhamba Road and Tolstoy Marg to Jantar Mantar. Campus organisations like Dhanak together with members from the JNUSU, and political parties such as DSF, AISA and BAPSA made appearance and supported the march.
“I’m sure that I would have regretted if I haven’t had attended the pride. I never thought that I would go for a LGBT parade in India. It was definitely a colourful experience not only for the eyes, but for the senses [too]. I felt so much excitement and happiness in everyone’s energy. It doesn’t matter our sex orientation or gender, we were there to celebrate diversity and support equal rights for all. Going a bit political, I think the parade beyond a place of celebration and solidarity, it is also a platform for activism and struggle for rights of the LGBT community. Unfortunately in India and in countless other countries the discrimination is institutionalised and drowned in a structural oppression that causes horrible effects on so many lives and the the pride is indeed an important demonstration of public occupation and a form of protest against it. It is overwhelming to see that this fight has no boundaries and we are all connected as people hopeful for further improvement of a world free and just for all”, shared Vitor Pascale, an MA student in SIS.
Below, we have a compilation of what struck our eyes at the Delhi Queer Pride 2016:
Sunaina is a research scholar and Divisha Srivastava is an MA student at SIS and both work for the Photography Pool. Dhaval Bhate is an MA Student at CSSS and works for the News Pool of The Informer with contributions from Tabea Widmann.