Sexual minorities have fun taking part in a sports event at RBANMS College Grounds

Participation demands equality and what better an occasion it could be than to organise a sports event and showcase it.

A sports competition for sexual minorities was organised at the RBANMS College Grounds here on Sunday by the Lesbian Bisexual Women Transgender (LBWT) community with the sole purpose of bringing the members out of the shadows, besides showcasing their talent.

Several organisations working for the benefit of the sexual minorities participated in the event, with the maximum participation coming from Samara and Sangama.

“Society needs to realise that we too are no different from others. Though I have never played cricket in my life, I enjoyed playing today. I even managed to take four wickets. I am very happy,” said an ecstatic Akkai, who was the vice-captain of the winning cricket team.

The day-long event included several sports, including Kho-Kho, throw ball, relay race, badminton and ring ball. “We hope to organise more such events. For this event, we began planning a fortnight ago and took into consideration the different views of the community members,” said Bhagya S. (name changed), project co-ordinator of LBWT.

Jyothi H., a participant, said that while she preferred dancing, she was happy to participate in the sports day. “I do hope there is a competition for cultural events too,” she said.

The organisers said they were thankful to the administration of RBANMS for providing the space for the event.

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