Odisha’s LGBTQ Parade At Full Swing On Friendship Day

Smart city Bhubaneswar witnessed an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual and queer) pride march as the community held a rainbow rally on friendship day. The march started from Master Canteen & continued to Big Bazaar Square. The main aim of the rally was to spread awareness about the community’s rights and make people aware of their acceptance in society.

The participants were dressed in colours of the rainbow, singing and dancing to the beats of the drum to celebrate their freedom. In this colourful celebration of equality, friendship and love people were heard singing slogans of ‘I am a lesbian it’s okay, I am a gay it’s okay’.

A member from the LGBTQ community said, “The minority community, LGBTQ, public and government think that this is just a minority community. For our acceptance in the society we conduct these pride marches, and this year we have decided to take out a rally on friendship day. There’s only one aim which our acceptance in the society.”

Meera Parida, the President of Transgender Community and a Social Activist, said, “the only aim of this pride march is to tell the society that our community holds a significant dignity. So many students are supporting us by participating in this march.”

“I am an activist from Calcutta and I am here to participate in the pride march. This is the first pride march taken out here after the 377 verdicts. So many allies have also joined us apart from the community members, it feels really good,” said Venkatesh, a marcher in the parade.

Last year on September 6, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by former Chief Justice Dipak Misra, comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud, Rohinton Fali Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, announced the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Notably, this has been the first major pride parade in the state of Odisha since the law was decriminalised in Sept 2018.

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