Delhi Pride Parade 2016: Thousands March In Delhi To Extend Support To LGBTQ

Mugdha Kapoor Safaya @Mugdha_Kapoor

First published: November 28, 2016, 11:45 AM IST | Updated: 1 week ago
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The Delhi Pride Parade, an annual event held to honour and celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, was held at the capital on Sunday.

Thousands of people, including members of the LGBTQ community and supporters, gathered at Delhi's Barakhamba Road and marched till Jantar Mantar, celebrating, dancing, singing and holding banners and placards with bold and unique slogans on them, some of which read, 'Queer And Proud', 'Protect Love', 'Born Gay, Follow The Ray, Born Straight, Refuse To Hate'.

"It is my first at the Delhi Pride Parade. It's good energy and fun here," said Vikas, a supporter at the parade to News18.com.

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

When News18.com asked a few supporters what their thought were on the Section 377, here's what they said.

"Section 377 is an archaic law which needs to go. Consenting adults should not be stopped from doing what they want, if they are not hurting others. So, if I am not hurting others it should not be your business what I do with my private time," said a supporter at the parade.

Julian, who hails from England but has been living in the capital for the past 16 years was of the opinion that India must decriminalise section 377. He said, "If India wants a place at the world UN council, then it must decriminalise homosexuality." He added, "look at the big cities in the world London, Sydney, New York, they are all homosexual friendly, Delhi isn't, which is why I say that India must decriminalise section 377 if it wants to boost tourism and its economy.

Rainbow colours, energy, enthusiasm, support, happiness and love reigned at the Pride Parade.

Delhi Pride Parade (Phoot: News18.com/Siddharth Safaya)

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

People were dressed in colourful apparels and some even showed up wearing unique accessories.

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

Delhi Pride Parade (Photo: News18.com/Siddharth Safaya)

"Be out, be proud and just be yourself, it's okay, who is anyone to judge us? said a supoorter at the parade to News18.com when asked what his message was to those who havn't yet disclosed their sexual orientation due to fear of law.

In all, the one thing that everyone at the parade wanted to say was, 'Protect love'.

Delhi Pride parade (Photo: News18.com/Mugdha Kapoor Safaya)

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