T imes are changing in India as well and we couldn't be happier. Gurgaon, Haryana hosted its first Queer Pride parade this Saturday eve at Leisure Valley Ground in Sector 29. The LGBTQ pride parade in Gurgaon was backed by the organizers of Delhi Queer Pride, who have been successfully organizing pride parades since 2007. The motto of this parade was 'freedom from sexual orientation to ensure social justice and a truly inclusive environment.' The parade walkers also called for a 'repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.'
Apart from 377, this pride also held a candlelight march for the Orlando shooting victims and the bloggers who were killed after expressing their thoughts on their blogs.
"I shifted to Gurgaon three months back and I realized that the city has no civic movement, well, except for the Jat agitation if you consider it as one. Also, as a development sector professional, I realized that the city does not have a very organized queer community and no real space for an open dialogue. When I got to know that there hadn't been a Queer Pride Parade in Gurgaon yet, I thought of taking steps towards hosting one," she says.
Puja continues, "We will begin by reading out the pride statement. After the music and open mic session, a candle light vigil will take place to show solidarity with Orlando and Mexico massacre victims and the murdered Bangladeshi queer activists. We have been permitted to take out the march inside Leisure Valley, which is an area of 1.5 km."
June being the Gay Pride Month adds more essence to the Gurgaon parade.
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