The city of Hyderabad celebrated Pride on Sunday afternoon. The 2018 Hyderabad pride parade rally or the Hyderabad Swabhimana Yatra 2018, that started from Kachiguda railway station, saw participation of close to 200 people. Unlike the past five years, this year’s pride parade, had more heterosexuals lending support to the cause and youngsters coming out as queer, says mother of a queer person who attended parade.
54-year-old Mala, was the only parent in attendance to the annual colorful pride parade held to raise awareness about Section 377 which criminalizes being homosexuality. “There are a lot of new faces in the crowd this year,” says Mala, who believes that it is important for parents to lend their support to children who are queer. She has been attending the pride parade for the past few years. “I have talked to the parents of queer children and realized that what stops them from lending support to their children is the fear of societal norms,” she added.
“The pride has surely helped inform a lot more people about our cause, there is more support today for us than, say, a five years ago. However this time the number of people who showed up was lower than last year,” said Abhishek T, who identifies himself as queer.
Here are some pictures from Hyderabad Pride.
Picture Credits : The New Indian Express