Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hundreds March for Queer Pride in New Delhi, India


ABC News reports:

Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India's capital on Sunday in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexual acts.

As people chanted and marched to the beat of drums during New Delhi's 10th annual Queer Pride march, many said they were frustrated with the law but also hoped it would soon change.

Tish Anand wore a wig that he said was inspired by the Disney Channel character Hannah Montana. He said he would sing and dance, as long as he didn't trip over his heels, but was frustrated with authorities.

"I don't understand why they criminalized love," he said. "Duh. They are jerks."

Manak Matiyani, one of the organizers, said his wealth and education allowed him to live as openly gay but it was much harder for those with less privilege.

"We're fighting for the right of everybody in this country to live as an equal citizen, which means that everybody should be able to live their life the way they want to," he said.

Indian law makes gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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1 comment:

Raybeard said...

While India has recently horrifically and needlessly reverted to the law imposed on them by 19th century British colonial rule, at least in the U.K. we've not only more than made up for the original historical 'error' in our country (including apologising to the victims, both deceased and yet surviving) but gone further than any one of us would have dared to dream even 20 years ago. Indians publicly parading their Pride in their country today are to be lauded on their courage. So come on, India - pull your finger out and castrate this cruel absurdity once and for all!