Delhi Queer Pride Parade
Delhi Queer Pride Parade is organised by members of the Delhi Queer Pride Committee every last Sunday of November since 2008. The queer pride parade is a yearly festival to honour and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (the whole queer community), and their supporters. The parade usually runs from Barakhamba Road to Tolstoy Marg to Jantar Mantar.
Delhi's first Queer Pride March took place on 30 June 2008. In the beginning, only a small bunch of men and women arrived and police was also there, but by evening, there were about 500 people singing, dancing, shouting slogans, holding placards, screaming "377, quit India".
The second Delhi Queer Pride was held on 28 June 2009.
The third Delhi Queer Pride was held on 28 November 2010.
The fourth Delhi Queer Pride was held on 27 November 2011. The march ended in Jantar Mantar with a reading of the "Charter of Demands for LGBT Rights" and a two-minute silence for those who died in the recent Nand Nagri fire tragedy.
The fifth Delhi Queer Pride was held on 25 November 2012, followed by a picnic near India Gate. The theme for this march was Gender Variance and Identity and Expression.
The sixth Delhi Queer Pride was held on 24 November 2013. Around 700 people marched from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar. Many articles were published featuring the organiser, Mr. Mohnish Malhotra.
The seventh Delhi Queer Pride held on 30 November 2014, was the first pride march after the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal code, which criminalises 'unnatural sex'. The community walked to reinforce their identities with this year's theme 'No going back.' Around 700 people danced and walked against Section 377.
The eighth Delhi Queer Pride was held on 29 November and kickstarted from Tolstoy Marg at 2 PM. The march saw hundreds of LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual)people and allies walk the two-km stretch from Barakhamba road to Jantar Mantar, ending with a range of performances. The statement this year talked about freedom not just from Section 377, but freedom from all social injustices.
On 27 November 2016, the ninth Delhi queer pride took place on the streets of New Delhi from Barakhamba Road to Tolstoy Marg. This march saw a larger turnout, where about 800-1000 people turned up. Members of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) community as well friends and families came with placards, masks and costumes. This year's march demanded freedom and solidarity for Dalits, Muslims, women, disabled, Kashmiris, people in the North-East, Adivasis, academics, filmmakers and students.
On 12 November 2017, Delhi hosted its tenth queer pride parade at from Barakhamba Road till Jantar Mantar. Hundreds of people gathered together to support the queer community and demand the repeal of Section 377. The demand was to build a proper system of hate crime legislation which conceptualizes all forms of violence against minorities as a punishable offence. They also demanded to repeal Karnataka Police Act 36, Hyderabad Eunuch Act and remove the marital exception from the rape laws which should offer redressal to all victims/survivors of sexual assault irrespective of gender.
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