Pride: LGBTQ activists march in Hyderabad to promote love, inclusivity, coexistence

Hundreds of LGBTQ activists marched to promote inclusivity and coexistence in the streets of Hyderabad

By Anoushka Caroline Williams  Published on  12 Feb 2024 6:44 AM GMT
Pride:  LGBTQ activists march in Hyderabad to promote love, inclusivity, coexistence

Hyderabad: Streets of Hyderabad were painted with the vibrant hues of the rainbow as hundreds of LGBTQ activists marched to promote the message of inclusivity and coexistence.

Besides LGBTQ activists, allies, and community members of diverse age groups participated, creating an atmosphere filled with joy and contentment.

Over 1000 queer individuals and allies joined the pride march, spanning from NSL Orion at Raidurg to Shilparamam at Madhapur. The parade showcased a diverse representation, including transgender individuals, as well as those identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and supportive allies. Participants marched passionately, adorned in lively attire, rainbow flags, badges, and more.

Slogans of 'Azadi' and posters declaring 'love is love' resonated through the streets, capturing the attention of passersby. The beats of 'teenmaar' music even prompted people on flyovers to pause and witness the spectacle.

Alex, an ally for the community expressed, "Isn't this the whole point? Letting more people know about the struggle of fighting for our rights."

Amidst the festivities, posters advocating for 'Jai Bhim,' 'No queer liberation without caste annihilation,' and 'Queers for Palestine and Kashmir' underscored the intersectionality of the LGBTQ rights movement, showcasing solidarity with other marginalized communities.

Madhav remarked, "The definition of the pride march has evolved from mere protest to a solidarity event against oppression and a fight for rights. It's now a celebration of our community's existence."

For Vaibhav, attending his second pride march after Delhi, the experience was empowering. "In Delhi, it was in a secluded street, but here, marching on the road feels like being in the wild where we belong," he expressed.

Specially-abled members of the community also participated in the event, some riding along with their two-wheelers, while others, like Shaura, joined the march with a walking stick, stating, "Pride happens only once a year."

Sagar, attending with his son, emphasized the importance of educating the younger generation. "It's my responsibility to raise awareness, and events like these help inculcate understanding and acceptance," he affirmed.

The march, starting at 2 pm, concluded at Shilparamam at 4 pm on Sunday followed by cultural performances and events at the venue until 6 pm. The Hyderabad Pride March stands as a testament to unity, celebration, and the ongoing fight for equal rights and acceptance.

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