A crowd estimated at over 500 people clad in multicoloured robes, turbans and flags – came together to demand equality for the LGBT community marching in the the Fourth Annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade.
Although Article 377 was removed the Delhi High Court which decriminalised homosexual intercourse between consenting adults, homosexuality is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indian civil society and the government.
“On behalf of the LGBT community and the eunuchs of Delhi, we are all here to ask society to accept us as we are. We do not want to cause any trouble, and all we want to show is that we all stand together. Most of us are treated differently, but we want to tell people that there is no difference at all,” said Paritosh Mittal, a representative of the Sakhi Foundation.
The Delhi Queer Pride Community put forth several demands, including ending violence against LGBT community members doled out by the police and families, an anti-discrimination law to address gender identity issues and the end of discrimination against the community in educational institutes, hospitals and work places