Monday, June 30, 2008

Pride (In the Name of Love)

The excitement of yesterday's pride parade (which, thanks to Emily, I had a spectacular front row view of!) got me thinking about the tenuous position of the LGBT community in India today.  This weekend saw Bangalore and New Delhi's first-ever gay pride marches -- monumental events in a country that has legislated its LGBT community into the closet for many years. From the AP:

While small groups have marched in the eastern city of Calcutta in recent years, Sunday's events were the first gay pride parades in Bangalore and New Delhi. Several hundred people turned out at each of the three events.

The marches came days before the Delhi High Court is expected to hear arguments on overturning a law against homosexual sex that dates to the British colonial era. The law, which forbids sexual acts "against the order of nature," carries punishment of up to 10 years in prison.

The law is rarely enforced, but activists say it sanctions discrimination.
And as the Deccan Herald's terse coverage of yesterday's march in Bangalore suggests, this is just a very small first step.  But an important one!

3 comments:

littlegreenmango said...
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littlegreenmango said...

My friend reported on it here actually. Look it up if you're interested!
http://www.citizenmatters.in/articles/view/
255-pride-parade

(And oops about the deleted comment, don't quite know what I did there!)

Bonhomie Page said...

I just saw this -- thanks, Little Green Mango! and cool article, much more thorough than the Deccan's! good to hear from you :)