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Queer Pride parade to be held on June 28

The Capital’s gay community are gearing up to celebrate “Queer Pride” — a public parade by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender communities — on June 28.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2009 12:03 AM IST

The Capital’s gay community are gearing up to celebrate “Queer Pride” — a public parade by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender communities — on June 28.

The Delhi chapter of Queer Pride had organized the parade for the first time in the city last year on June 29 (HT file picture on left shows a participant at last year’s parade).

The three-hour celebration this time will take off at 5.30 pm from Barakhamba Road and conclude at Jantar Mantar.

“This year, the Queer Pride parade will be held on June 28. It is a public celebration by lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersexed communities. We have chosen a Sunday so that many more people can participate,” said noted gay right activist Ashok Row Kavi on behalf of Delhi Queer Pride.

The Queer Pride event dates back to June 1969 when police in New York City raided a gay bar called Stonewall Inn.

The gay men and drag queens refused to be cowed down and fought back. The Stonewall riots lasted for five days and from then on became a symbol of queer pride and resistance to oppression of the community.

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