Celebrating life with gay abandon

Published: November 29, 2010

Love bums, not bombs". On Sunday Connaught Place was awash in rainbow colours as members of LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) community and their supporters came out in large numbers for the third Delhi Queer Parade. For perhaps the first time though, the colour was not a mask to veil identities but to celebrate their uniqueness. As Bharat, a lawyer who came out of the closet last year, said,"Last year, we had ordered 1,000 masks which most participants wore. This year, we got only 300. No one wanted to hide behind a mask."

For the 2,000-strong crowd that had gathered to walk from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar, the sense of achievement and hope was palpable. "It has been a year since the Delhi high court decision decriminalising homosexuality under Section 377 came out. And the change is visible. Though the judgment dealt only with the reading down of the existing law but the effect has been dramatic. Suddenly being homosexual became a legitimate identity,"said Gautam Bhan, a gay activist.

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