Delhi Queer Pride Parade held
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 01 Dec 2012

Despite its thin attendance, Delhi Queer Pride Parade (DQPP), held on November 25 this year got a good coverage in the media. A few hundred members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) participate at the parade near Connaught Place in Delhi.

DEMONSTRATORS IN masks with banners and placards carried a huge rainbow-coloured flag during the parade. According to the organizers, through DQPP they try to focus on our struggles and the problems that they face every day in their lives including lack of proper health facilities for transgenders.

In India, DQPP has become a yearly festival to honor and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, and their supporters since 2008.  The parade is organized against Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes homosexual acts.

With loud drum beats and cheering, the participants started their parade from the Barakhamba Road Metro station with rainbow flags and scarves along with colourful masks and wings for acceptance of their sexual orientation. The event also served as demonstration for human rights and legal rights such as same-sex marriage.

However, the parade was able to send out a message against the discrimination faced by the LGBT community in India. The society was urged to respect LGBTs' right to live with freedom and respect.

Charlaine Harris once has said, "Gay rights are just one of the social issues I'm interested in. I think that people might be less tense about it if we would all accept the fact that not everyone is wired the same way."

Politician Rita Mae Brown in one of her speeches has said, “No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody."