As Delhi was enveloped in smog and everything seemed hazy, it was a beautiful sight at the corner of Barakhamba Road where hundreds of people gathered together to dance, flirt, love and share their rainbow feelings on the streets of Delhi, demanding the right to choose who they love and who they are. This Pride was a representation of a milestone ten years of collective struggle to battle all forms of oppression and exclusion.

Raising children the right way!
Delhi Queer Pride
Purify the environment please!

The demand of the Pride was to build a proper system of hate crime legislation which conceptualizes all forms of violence against minorities as a punishable offence. The demand of the 10th Delhi Queer Pride was to make changes in the laws that are hindrance towards the goal of equality, like tear down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, repeal Karnataka Police Act 36, Hyderabad Eunuch Act and remove the marital exception from the rape laws which should offer redressal to all victims/survivors of sexual assault irrespective of gender.

Delhi Queer Pride
Seems like equality needs to be summoned!

The message of the Parade was to build a culture of acceptance for personal expression and love and sex in all its consensual forms, across the barriers of gender, caste, class, ability, religion, nationality and language. Hundreds of people marched towards the Jantar Mantar to forge a collective solidarity in tearing down the structures of hierarchy that produce the mutual alienation and fear among the minorities.The evening ended with a promise of hope, resistance towards the power structure and a vision of the future where everyone will find their space in the society as equals and will be accepted for who they are.

Delhi Queer Pride
Live and Let Live!
Delhi Queer Pride
Grow up Grandpa!
Delhi Queer Pride
Walking towards the hope of a better future!
Delhi Queer Pride
Because society accepts the Assholes!
Delhi Queer Pride
Doing it the rainbow way!
Delhi Queer Pride
One comes across such awesomeness only at Pride!
Even animals understand, when will you?

All images courtesy Shruti Janardhan.

About the author(s)

Shinjinee grew up in the culturally diverse environment of Banasthali University, Rajasthan and since then has stayed in different cities of India. A graduate in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University, Shinjinee is pursuing her Master's in Women's Studies from TISS, Hyderabad and also holds a Diploma in Mass Communication from BHU.

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