Students from medical schools across the Mumbai city will join the parade on Saturday to show their support for equality.
The students will march under the banner Future Doctors for Equality. Atleast 100 to 200 medical students are expected on that day.
This is a right step forward by these sophisticated doctors. They must be followed by those uneducated doctors, who claim that they can ‘cure’ LGBT people. There have been so many unfortunate incidents when doctor give extreme mental harassment to gay people.
Dhruv Ambegaokar is a doctor who came out while he was studying medicine and said it was important the medical profession is visible in their support for the LGBTI community. “It does give the cause more legitimacy. Myths prevail in the medical community too amongst the older doctors especially. When I came out to my parents, both of them doctors, did not know too much about homosexuality themselves. They read up and became aware about LGBT. Now, they are so cool.”
Preet Sharma, a second year medical student who has helped to spearhead the initiative.
“The idea germinated during discussions for the upcoming college festival for medical students,” he told Mid -Day, “We decided to focus on LGBT rights, and celebrating ability, which means showcasing the talent in the disabled. The LGBT rights focus can start with marching in the gay parade. We also want to push for employment for transgenders, create awareness about HIV amongst the community and finally, smash some misconceptions about the gay community within the medical profession.”