In its ninth year, the annual edition of the Delhi Queer Pride Parade once again celebrated the diversity in gender and sexuality. The parade began at Barakhamba Road and ended at Jantar Mantar. Though today was the final day, the series of events were held on November 20 as well, when the community made some amazing placards at the Lodhi Garden.
For many years now, the focus of the pride has been the repeal of Section 377 that criminalises the same-sex lives. The aim is to decry the lack of expansion and implementation of protections under the NALSA Judgment.
They also work towards dismantling social structures that hold them fear and humiliation. According to the press release, “the walk is in support of a rising tide of Dalits, Muslims, women, disabled, Kashmiris, people in the North East, adivasis, academics, filmmakers and students in resistance against the forces that threaten our freedoms. Students resisting forces that threaten our freedoms. If some of us aren’t free, no one is.”
This year’s posters, like the last year, have focused on various national issues, including a poster taking a dig at Baba Ramdev’s comments on homosexuality, another poster shows controversy around the ban on Pakistani artistes.
— Rajorshi Das (@dasrajorshi) November 22, 2016