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Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays in India’s deeply conservative society.
Holding balloons, flags and placards, activists and their supporters sang songs and danced to the beat of Indian drums as they held hands and walked in the rally, which has been held annually over the past few years. Many wore multi-colored wigs, while others wore face masks or had painted their faces.
Some activists carried a 15-meter (50-foot) rainbow-colored banner, a symbol of lesbian, gay and transgender pride.
Indian gays are demanding that the government remove a colonial-era law banning same-sex relations. India’s Supreme Court last year reversed a lower court order that decriminalized gay sex.
Supporters of gays, lesbians and transsexuals vowed to continue pressing for the removal of the law, which makes gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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