The term ‘Pride’ is associated with LGBTQ+ pride movement marches now because of Craig Schoonmaker. He was part of the planning committee for the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day March.
He said, “First thought was ‘Gay Power’. I didn’t like that, so proposed gay pride. There’s very little chance for people in the world to have power. People did not have power then; even now, we only have some. But anyone can have pride in themselves, and that would make them happier as people, and produce the movement likely to produce change”.
In India, pride movement is slowly picking up. Pride parades happen in many cities now. To be exact, Pride Parades now happen in over 21 Indian cities. Kolkata’s pride parade is called Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk.
Bengaluru’s pride parade, called Bengaluru Namma Pride March, happens in December. It started in 2008 before which a month of queer events, called Queer Habba takes place. It is organized by the Coalition for Sex Workers and Sexuality Minority Rights (CSMR). The Bengaluru pride parade has participation from corporate companies like Goldman Sachs, Google, and IBM.
Delhi’s pride parade happens annually on the last Sunday of November. It starts at Barakhamba Road, makes a stop at Tolstoy Marg, and ends at Jantar Mantar. Delhi Queer Pride Parade also openly supports movements for Dalit rights, feminism, and disability rights. In 2018, over 5000 people participated.
Chennai Rainbow Pride starts at Rajarathinam Stadium and happens in June, the Pride Month. Organized under the banner Tamil Nadu Rainbow Coalition, there is a strict anti-corporate sponsorship rule that is in place.
India’s first pride parade only had 15 people in total and no women! Can you believe that? We certainly have come a long way.
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