Gurgaon held its first-ever LGBT pride parade on 25th June. People came forward in large numbers to join in the festivities of the pride march, which was conducted at Leisure Valley Ground in Sector 29. The moto of the parade was ‘repeal of Section 377 ‘ and ‘freedom from sexual orientation to ensure social justice and a truly inclusive environment’.
Many Gurgaon-based participants chose to wear masks, while their friends from Delhi were seen encouraging them to come out. Dhiren, a JNU student said, “People think being homosexual is a `rich man’s problem’. So it becomes important for the pride to travel from metro cities to smaller towns.“
Bharat, a gay rights activist and lawyer, said, “Arrey kahan hain Gurgaon ke 6 feet ke sexy and handsome hunks? Kitna suna Haryana ke laundon ke bare mein.“
Puja Bajad, who organised the event in Gurgaon, said, “We were apprehensive about holding it in Leisure Valley as we didn’t know how people would react, but everything went well.“
Mohnish Malhotra, one of the organisers of Delhi Queer Pride, shares with us, “This giant rainbow has been stitched and re-stitched by my parents, travelling from one pride parade to another in the last eight years.
Initially a music and open mic session was held and was followed by candle light vigil to show solidarity with Orlando and Mexico massacre victims and the murdered Bangladeshi queer activists.