Gay Pride Parade in Mumbai urges society to end social discrimination



Mumbai: Seeking an equal status in the society, hundreds of homosexuals, transgender and gay rights activists took part in a colourful ''Pride Parade'' in Mumbai.

The parade saw an overwhelming response as scores of family members of gays and bisexuals joined the parade to celebrate their sexuality here yesterday.

Dressed in vibrant attires and colourful wigs homosexuals, transgender and gay rights activists were seen shouting slogans and dancing to drum tunes.

"We want the society to end discriminating. We are equally normal and abnormal like others. We are not seeking any special preference; all we seek is to live in harmony and unity," said Harish Iyer, a gay rights activist.

The beats of traditional Indian drums filled the parade with a mood of celebration and dance. Several foreign nationals also took part in this parade.

Legalising homosexuality has had little impact on the deeply entrenched homophobia in India, where thousands of gays still face discrimination and a lack of basic rights.

India has moved faster than other countries in South Asia in legalising homosexuality, and there are more young people coming out. The country staged its first "Queer Pride Parade" in the capital in 2008, and has done so every year since.

But for most of the country's gays, social stigma is a daily reality. Many are unwilling to openly admit their sexual preferences and even forced to try reverse them.

ANI