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Gender minorities, supporters walk with pride in Coimbatore

Participants at the Rainbow Pride March held in the city on Sunday.  

“Don’t laugh at us” was one of the slogans that echoed as the gender minorities and people who support them walked with pride at the Rainbow Pride March held in the city on Sunday.

Organised by Sahodari Foundation, the pride march was held after a gap of 10 years in Coimbatore.

Clad in colourful attires, more than 60 people from various parts of the country took out the pride march to VOC Ground premises holding rainbow flags and placards, dancing to the beats of parai.

“Society’s approach towards the transgender community has changed a lot over the years. However, gay-lesbian community is yet to get similar acceptance. The pride march is a platform for the gender minorities to walk with pride,” said Kalki Subramaniam, founder and director of Sahodari Foundation.

According to her, the decriminalisation of Section 377 of the IPC brought big relief and acceptance to the LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer) community. However, there is a growing concern among the LGBTTQ community about chapter eight of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 which was passed by the Lok Sabha in August.

Arun Balakrishnaa, an LGBTTQ supporter, said that events like the pride march was much needed for people to extend their support to the gender minorities.

Transgender Silky Prema, who took part in the pride march, said that more than 200 people would have participated in the event if it was held on August 24 as planned.

The date was postponed following a terror alert in Coimbatore.


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