The Mumbai Pride, one of India’s biggest pride events, will be held next year on February 3. The date of the 2018 pride was announced on Tuesday by Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM), a collective of individuals that organises the annual pride event in the city.
Section 377, Quit India
The theme of the pride was set considering the significance of the Quit India Movement. The Quit India Movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi against the British seventy-five years ago in Bombay. Interestingly, the venue of the pride, the August Kranti Maidan, happens to be the place from where the historical movement had commenced in 1942.
With ‘377, Quit India’ as the theme, the LGBT+ community will send a strong message for the removal of section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises same-sex sexual activities.
“Despite so many years of independence, many are waiting for their acknowledgement by the law that has given equal fundamental rights to everybody,” said Ankit Bhuptani, an organiser of the pride.
Harish Iyer, a prominent activist and member of the organising committee said, “I firmly believe this is a second Quit India Movement. The British have left back section 377 and this is amongst the last remnant of the British era which we need to get rid of in true nationalistic spirit.”
Emphasis on differently abled
Special arrangements will be made to ensure accessibility for the differently abled at the pride. FSoG has learned from the organisers that a sign language expert will be on the stage to communicate with those with speech and listening impairments. “Since last year, we have made efforts to make our pride accessible to people with disabilities. For the coming pride, we are trying to bolster that,” said Saurabh Bondre, one of the organisers.
List of Pre-pride events
- Panel Discussions
- Art and Theatre Shows
- Sport events
- Screening of regional queer cinema
Written by – Suyash Karangutkar