28 November 2011

Delhi's Queer Pride takes to the streets

Delhi Queer Pride Parade
Hundreds of people in colourful attire took to the streets in Delhi today lending their support to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders.PTI | Nov 27, 2011, 09.00PM IST

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of people in colourful attire took to the streets here today lending their support to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT) and seeking end of discrimination against the community.

The candle-lit march from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar saw LGBTs and supporters donning colourful masks and scarves, and carrying flags in support of the community. The parade has been organised as part of fourth edition of the Delhi Queer Pride 2011.

Cross-dressers in heavy sarees and salvar kameez with jewelry were also spotted at the venue, as supporters danced to the beat of drums and dholaks.

"This is not a protest march, but a celebratory march," Rahul Sharma, 25, a member of the Delhi Queer Pride Committee said.

"This march is to take ownership of the streets of Delhi and to walk on the street like a normal person, without fear of being harassed or made fun of," Sharma said.

At culmination of the march at Jantar Mantar, Sharma sought framing of a legislation to end discrimination against the community and pointed to ending police action against the community and targeting of them by hooligans and ensuring equal health services by the government.

"We request the government to enact an anti-discrimination law that would end discrimination at educational institutes, work places and other institutions against members of the LGBT community," Sharma said.

A two-minute silence was observed at the conclusion of the parade to mourn for the 14 eunuchs who lost their lives in a fire mishap in East Delhi last week, and others who died because they were 'different', Sharma said.


  1. Hi Malika

    I was there in 2008, I wish I was there this time as well.

    Thanks for the article.

  2. Hey,
    great to see youre back at blogging.Btw,do you any Indian drag queens who are active online?

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  4. Hello ma'am,

    This is Omkar Khandekar, a mass media student from Wilson college Mumbai. As a part of our course, we have to launch a campaign over a social issue we feel strongly about. Accordingly, my group is planning to spread the message of empowerment of transgenders, to be specific, eunuchs.

    I came across your blog http://malikatv.blogspot.com/ in the course of my research and noticed that you have been active for the same cause for more than half a decade. I appreciate the consistent work that you have been doing for the community and thus, would be obliged if you help us out with your guidance as to how to go about the campaign. We can really use some help with respect to research, collaboration and sponsorship.

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    Omkar Khandekar.


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