Ab Gurgaon Dur Nahin!
Was the slogan that reverberated in the ears of the people of Gurgaon on the evening of 25th June, 2016 as the city witnessed its first ever LGBT pride parade. The event took place after Puja Bajad (27) a development sector professional. Who works for an international NGO moved to Gurgaon and found out that the city had not yet played host to any civic movement for the protection of the rights of the LGBT community.
Backed by the organizers of “Delhi queer pride” who have been hosting pride parades for the LGBT community successfully since 2007, the event took place in Leisure Valley Park, Sector-29 in Gurgaon.
Around 200 people gathered at the venue around 6 p.m. carrying rainbow colored flags and posters demanding freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation that the LGBT community faces around the world and a truly inclusive environment for its members.
The event started with music and an open mic session allowing people to express their views and opinions of the event and to provide information regarding the section 377 of IPC (Indian penal code).
What is section 377?
377 unnatural offences- Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
The event sought solidarity to repeal section 377, to spread the correct message to misinformed people and celebration of the right to love.
But it wasn’t just about section 377, the participants also carried out a candle light vigil in protest against the mass shooting in Orlando, Mexico where 49 and 7 people died respectively and the murder of 2 Bangladeshi queer activists.
We hope that these practices will soon alter the course of our society and let us respect and honor the LGBT community equally.
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