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Delhi's LGBT Community Did Something Beautiful To Honor Orlando Victims

Times 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.'

Delhi's LGBT Community Did Something Beautiful To Honor Orlando Victims

Delhi's LGBT Community Did Something Beautiful To Honor Orlando Victims

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'Ab Gurgaon Dur Nahin'

'Ab Gurgaon Dur Nahin'

Everyone who marched the pride parade used the slogan to initiate a dialogue process.

Everyone who marched the pride parade used the slogan to initiate a dialogue process.

Their Facebook event read:

Their Facebook event read:

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.

Puja Bajad, who works for an international NGO initiated the LGBTQ pride parade in Gurgaon.

Puja Bajad, who works for an international NGO initiated the LGBTQ pride parade in Gurgaon.

"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.

"II met like-minded people, ran from one office to another seeking permissions, explaining to officials what the demand for 'inclusive space' meant." 

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."

A glimpse of Delhi Pride 2015

A glimpse of Delhi Pride 2015

June being the Gay Pride Month adds more essence to the Gurgaon parade. 

Hyderabad Pride 2016

Hyderabad Pride 2016

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Gurgaon was all colorful and in high spirits on Saturday.

Beating the heat, hundreds of people joined the march in solidarity with Orlando victims.

The parade was attended by non-homosexuals too who support love more than anything!

There was music and a lot of fun as well!

More power to you, Gurgaon!

More power to you, Gurgaon!

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