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Lucknow: Walking for the pride!

Lucknow to witness its Second Awadh Queer Pride ‘walk for equality’ on Sunday.

lucknow Updated: Feb 10, 2018 13:39 IST
Deep Saxena
Deep Saxena
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh,Queer walk
The walk will not only have participation from LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) but supporters as well.(HT Photo)

The Awadh Queer Pride Committee will hold its second Pride Parade-- ‘Walk For Equality’-- in Lucknow on Sunday with around 700 participants from all over the country expected to showcase their rainbow feelings on the streets of the city of Nawabs.

This is not just it, the committee has lined up celebrations over the weekend starting with Queer Night on Friday followed by a play Ek Madhav Baug on Saturday.

This year’s walk will start from Rana Pratap Marg at 2pm and culminate at General Post Office (GPO).

“The first Awadh Pride had around 350 people from Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata Hyderabad, Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, Deoria and this time we are expecting around 500-700 participants,” says organiser Darvesh Singh Yadavendra.

“We march against the oppressive attacks and varied forms of discrimination visited upon hijras, transwomen, transmen, lesbian, gay, bisexual, multisexual, pansexual, asexual people and our allies in public and private spaces. This is a collective struggle to battle all forms of shame, stigma, phobia and socio-economic hierarchy at a time when such an assertion of dignity and self-respect grows in need and vitality,” he adds.

About the play, Darvesh says it has been written in Marathi by Chetan Datar and performed by Mona Ambegaonkar. It will be held at Kaifi Azmi Academy in Nishatganj.

“It’s a story of a mother who happens to read her son’s diary and discovers that he is gay. It’s an emotional journey that has been showcased in the solo act during the 55-minute play,” says the actor who has performed the act 101 times in India over the span of seven years. The last show was held in Bareilly last Thursday.

The walk will not only have participation from LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) but supporters as well.

“In the pride we have more straight people supporting us than the people from the community. They also believe that it’s a human right and extend their support. Last year, we had only 15 girls from the community who participated but this time we expect bigger participation. There is a big number of girls (and men) who are confused about their sexuality and such events give them platform to explore themselves,” says Megha Nandi an accountant in a private firm and part of the organizing team.

During the Queer Night on Friday at Sheroes Hangout they gave a platform to the people from the community and supporters to showcase their talent.

“It’s an occasion to dance, sing, storytelling, open mic, reading, poetry and sharing their personal stories. It’s not easy for LGBT to come out in open and share it with family. So during the walk and night those who don’t want to reveal their identity participate with mask,” says Tanzeel Ahmad perusing MBA from Ram Swaroop College and a member of the group.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 13:39 IST