First Gay Pride Parade in India

Delhi's Queen Parade 2008In the year 1969 the New York police raided a gay bar called Stonewall Inn, where they humiliated and arrested the people present. Although that was the day for the first time people showed rare courage and protested.

From then on every year on the same day countries all around the world participate in the Gay Pride Parade, this year India participated for the first time. It was a riot of colors as hundreds of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans-genders and their supporters took to the streets carrying rainbow flags in Bangalore, Calcutta, Pondicherry and Delhi.
India's Rainbow ParadeIn a nation where homosexuality is illegal and is punishable with up to 10 years in jail, the overwhelmingly large attendance at the event took many by surprise. Banners with slogans such as `Drop 377` (referring to section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that considers homosexuality a crime), “Heterosexuality is not normal, it`s common,” “Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isai, Hetero-Homo Bhai Bhai” were held high for homosexuality to be accepted in Indian society.“This is the first time a `pride rally` is held in this cosmopolitan city as part of the worldwide movement to observe the Stonewall Riots Day and express solidarity to our fellow sexual minorities,” said Siddharth Narrain, gay activist, Good As You (GAY) organization.

“We will not rest till we get rid of Section 377 of IPC, which is a colonial legacy. The draconian law criminalises sex between adults by terming all sexual acts other than penile-vaginal intercourse as against the order of nature,” Narrain added.

Gay Rights ProtestorsThe marchers lit candles and sang while waving their flags, which mark celebration of diversity. Also participating in the parade were a large number of foreigners, like Ashley John, an American tourist walking along with hundreds of other supporters waving the rainbow flag and singing slogans.

“Considering this is the first time that Delhi is having a gay pride, the turnout is quite impressive. I was informed about this by a friend and I am glad that I came,” said John. There were more than 500 participants in Delhi’s “Queer Pride 2008″ rally, while Bangalore saw around 700 protesters marching for their rights.

It makes me happy to see the Gay community fight for their rights, to understand homosexuality you can read about Sexual Antagonism, which proves that homosexuality is naturally occurring. A very interesting read is about the Bonobo monkeys who also show certain homosexual tendencies.

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