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India’s Pride warriors

By: Ankita Ganguli

Last Updated: November 27, 2015, 16:40 IST

Participants holding a rainbow flag pass through a junction during a gay pride parade, which is promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in Mumbai, January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR4NPD8

Participants holding a rainbow flag pass through a junction during a gay pride parade, which is promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in Mumbai, January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR4NPD8

From this struggle for basic human rights, emerged a group of people who have dedicated their efforts to realizing this goal.

Delhi High Court’s landmark 2009 judgement, decriminalizing homosexuality in India served as a ray of hope for India’s LGBT community. That hope was, however, extinguished in 2013, when the Supreme Court overturned Delhi HC’s judgment. People took to the streets in large numbers to express their displeasure. December 15, 2013 was observed as a Global Day of Rage against the verdict.




People in Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata joined in with those in New York, Boston, London, Sydney and Toronto to raise their voice for equal rights. From this struggle for basic human rights, emerged a group of people who have dedicated their efforts to realizing this goal.

1. Harish Iyer

2. Manabi Bandopadhyay

Even the film fraternity was equally involved in the fight for equal rights.
3. Rituparno

4. Kharpaga

5. Celina

Shabnam Mausi, in 2000, became India's first eunuch (Hijra) MP. In India, this community was granted voting rights in 1994. In 2003, Hijras in Madhya Pradesh formed their own political party Jeeti Jitayi Politics (JJP).
8. Shabnam Mausi

6. Swapna Madurai

7. Freddie Mercury

9. Nakshatra

10. Laxmi Tripathi

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first published:November 27, 2015, 16:35 IST
last updated:November 27, 2015, 16:40 IST