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Updated: November 25, 2013 00:11 IST

Sexuality minorities march with pride

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Show of strength: Participants at a march, organised by the Campaign for Sexworkers & Sexuality Minorities Rights, as part of the Karnataka Queer Habba in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Show of strength: Participants at a march, organised by the Campaign for Sexworkers & Sexuality Minorities Rights, as part of the Karnataka Queer Habba in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

The sound of drum beats, the rainbow flag and bright coloured hats, clothes, jackets made the stretch of road between Tulsi park and Town Hall colourful and lively. The event, which was organised by the Campaign for Sexworkers & Sexuality Minorities Rights (CSMR), brought together the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and their supporters for a pride march on Sunday.

The pride march, part of the Karnataka Queer Habba, turned into a celebration after the crowds danced in the light drizzle. Sharath Cheloor, an LGBT activist, called the parade a “festival of diversity”.

The aim of the campaign was to protest against violence aimed at sexuality minorities and demand for the rights of the LGBT community. The protesters demanded that free Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) and hormone replacement treatment be done in government hospitals. Besides this, their other demands include programmes in educational institutions to address homophobia.

Apart from the members of the LGBT community, a large number of supporters too took part in the event. Archana, one of the participants, felt the parade was a method to educate the public. “I am here to show my support and solidarity and show that all of us are equal,” she said.

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One of the common traits of us - present day Indians, is that we love to live in a World where we deny existence of truth.Most of us want to believe that people can genuinely fall in love with someone of own gender, & that is called homosexuality, & that it is common/natural.Instead it is called a borrowed concept, unnatural, evil/wrong & tabooed.Well, most dont know that there are so many LGBTQI people amongst us.Having been a part of LGBTQI community & discussions, i know the fact there are so many still in closet concerned for their safety & that of their loved ones(family-friends).Sad picture with Indian media is they show only Transgender/Queer folk to common man to represent Gays, Lesbians & Bisexuals as well.There is a greater requirement of Education to Most on this subject.While Prides as such merely brings the fact/existence of LGBT community to everyone's consciousness."Be who you are" is all that LGBTQI Community recommends whether you're straight or not.Peace.

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Posted on: Nov 25, 2013 at 12:30 IST
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