John M. Becker

Record Turnout at Mumbai Pride After Recriminalization

Filed By John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

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Tags: beautiful, decriminalization, gay sex, India, India Supreme Court, Mumbai, pride, recriminalization, sodomy law

mumbai-pride1.jpgThe Supreme Court of India shocked the world twice in recent days: first in December when it reinstated the country's colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex, and again last month when it refused to reconsider the ruling despite a chorus of national and international outrage and condemnation.

LGBT Indians and allies in Mumbai -- the most populous city in India and the fifth-largest in the world -- responded last weekend by holding the city's biggest pride ever. Daily News and Analysis reports:

In its seventh edition, Mumbai's Gay Pride got bigger and bolder, attracting crowds from across the globe. Colourful costumes, innovative headgear and a multitude of balloons in rainbow colours only added to the atmosphere charged with slogans, chanting, singing and waving of whacky, tongue-in-cheek banners and posters which left many chortling and some agape.

"Ideally, the march is about taking pride in what you are. But this year's upsurge in numbers is a reflection of the community's anger and hurt over being recriminalised," said one of India's gay rights pioneer Ashok Row Kavi.

"If courts think they can brush us off and treat us like sub-humans they need to see how they have ended up giving the movement a shot in the arm instead. This movement will grow and succeed."

Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan and Humsafar Trust CEO Vivek Anand echoed this sentiment. "We know we have a long battle ahead. But we will prevail and succeed. In the meantime, we continue to plot our struggle with creative socio-cultural initiatives like films, music, paintings and theatre," said Rangayan, adding, "This will not only help us as a community but also help dispel wrong notions and stereotypes among those outside."

A selection of photos from Mumbai Pride is after the jump.





Photos from AAW Productions, via Facebook.
h/t: Queerty.

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