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Chennai Pride Parade is back

Participants take part in a Chennai Rainbow Pride Walk at Langs Garden Road, Pudupet on June 30, 2019.

Participants take part in a Chennai Rainbow Pride Walk at Langs Garden Road, Pudupet on June 30, 2019. | Photo Credit: RAGU R

Chennai Pride Parade is back. After a two-year gap induced by the pandemic, the Tamil Nadu Rainbow Coalition (originally established as Chennai Rainbow Coalition) has once again announced a slew of events for Pride Month, including the Chennai Pride Parade on Sunday and its traditional pre-Pride cultural event Vannangal on Saturday.

The coalition is celebrating the 14th year of Pride in Chennai this year. It was formed in 2009, when a number of local groups and on-ground collectives working for various LGBTQIA-related causes — from spreading awareness about gender identity to fighting for human rights and safety — decided to band together. The city’s first pride march was held in the last Sunday of June that year.

This year, Chennai Rainbow Collective has once again been organising a number of events through the month, set to culminate as usual with the Pride Parade starting from Langs Garden Road, on June 26. The queer cultural festival Vannangal is set to feature two hours of programming, including a fashion show by members of the transmasculine community, on June 25 at the community hall on Harrington Road. Past events this month have included ‘know your rights’ panel discussions with lawyers, spoken word and poetry events, film screenings and more.

The full list of events associated with Pride 2022 can be found at https://tinyurl.com/tn-pride-2022-calendar. Moreover, Dos and Donts for allies, corporations and others who want to show support are also available on the Instagram pages and websites of the organisations that form the coalition, such as orinam.net.

For details, visit chennaipride.net or email tamilnadurainbowcoalition@gmail.com.


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