November 29, 2015 by aliya
Delhi Queer Pride 2015 : Moments of love and equality from the pride march
Love, believed to be one of the most powerful emotions experienced by the living, is it a luxury? A question which more often than not makes me question how humans have associated a tag with everything. It is outrageous to say the least, that the bedroom is a place of deliberation of the politics and rules of the society. The law decides who one can be with and whose company can put one behind bars. It deems the whole idea of being homosexual “unnatural”. To fight this unfair treatment and embrace the history of LGBT rights, pride parades are organized in many countries around the world. It has been in existence in India since 2007 , being organized in multiple cities.
This year , we attended the 8th edition of Delhi Queer Pride. The festival is not just about the gains the community has made towards the collective dignity but also a form of protest against the continuing discrimination against transgender, gay, lesbian, intersex and queer people. This year, the festival also aimed to bring to light the growing adversities against Dalits , Muslims, Women and advocates of free speech. The march filled with rainbow colored balloons, flags and heartwarming positive smiles made our sunday jubilant. The dhols, people hugging each other and dancing was a sight of positivity; a sign, that we all need to be who we are without caring about the world,
The Delhi Queer Pride 2015 along with its sister marches in the country is more about making a space for the marginalized LGBT Community in a society which still criminalizes two consenting adults embracing their identity than a celebration like its distant cousin marches in the US. How long before it becomes all about celebrating our real selves? How long before we are not judged on the basis of who we love? How long before the state doesn’t tell us who we can love and who we cannot? How long before we paint our pictures with rainbow colors as a mark of celebration of being given the right to be who we are?