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PHOTOS: Delhi’s LGBTQIA Community Marches Seeking ‘A Life Without Fear’

PHOTOS: Delhi’s LGBTQIA Community Marches Seeking ‘A Life Without Fear’

The 9th edition of the Delhi Queer Pride Parade held on Nov. 27 saw thousands of revellers gather in Central Delhi.

Delhi Pride Patrade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Akanksha Verma

People from all across the city, including members of the LGBTQ community and supporters, gathered at Delhi’s Barakhamba Road and marched till Jantar Mantar, celebrating, dancing, singing and holding banners and placards with bold and unique slogans on them, some of which read, ‘Queer And Proud’, ‘Protect Love’, ‘Born Gay, Follow The Ray, Born Straight, Refuse To Hate’.

Photo by Mugdha Kapoor Safaya
Photo by Mugdha Kapoor Safaya
Photo by Mugdha Kapoor Safaya

They marched under a colourful rainbow made of balloons. Here was a space where it was alright not to conform, to express oneself through eclectic attire, body art and tattoos. Rainbow-colored flags were handed out, along with customized badges and masks.

Delhi Pride Parade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Akanksha Verma
Lesbian couple, Indian lesbian, gaysi, Couple at delhi  pride parade 2016
Photo by Akanksha Verma
Delhi Pride Parade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Akanksha Verma

Not just the LGBTQIA community, but straight allies also marched to show solidarity with the community in making a united call for equality of gender and sexuality and seeking “a life without fear”.

Delhi Pride Parade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Juhi J.
Annual delhi pride parade 2016, Section 377, equality, love is love
Photo by Juhi J.
Delhi Pride Parade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Juhi J.
gay couple, Indian gay, gaysi, Couple at delhi pride parade 2016, gay couple kissing
Photo by Juhi J.
Delhi Pride Parade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Akanksha Verma
Delhi Pride Parade 2016. Section 377, Equaity, love is love
Photo by Akanksha Verma

At the end of the day, we all need to feel protected and loved.

Photo by Mugdha Kapoor Safaya
Photo by Mugdha Kapoor Safaya

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