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2nd anniversary: Gay parade a subdued affair

delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2011 01:24 IST
HT Correspondent

A girl of about six years, sitting on her father's shoulders, waved the rainbow-coloured flag as many danced to the beat of drums at Jantar Mantar on Saturday evening.

The second anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality, which was celebrated in the city on Saturday, was a subdued affair though.

Saturday’s parade paled in comparison to the ‘gay pride parade’, which is usually held in November every year in the national Capital. Most of the people present were spectators and the area was teeming with mediapersons.

But the participants from the lesbian, gay, transvestite and bisexual (LGTB) community were quite enthusiastic.

“This is a day to celebrate our freedom and rights. The judgement helped me to come out of the closet,” said Richa, a student of Amity University in Noida.

On July 2, 2009, the Delhi high court struck down the provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised gay sex among consenting adults.

However, many participants did not take off their masks, refusing to be identified. “I know being a gay is not a crime, but my parents have not reconciled with the fact that I am a homosexual. I am their only son and they want me to get married and have children,” said a participant, who did not want to be named.

The activists present at the celebration were there for a cause.

“We want to increase awareness about the rights of the lesbian, gay, transvestite and bisexual community. Also, we want the Supreme Court to take forward the judgement of the Delhi high court,” said Rituparna, a member of the Delhi queer pride committee.