Punjab witnessed their first ever LGBTQ+ Pride March. The march took place on the 23rd of June with around 100 attendees marching in support of the LGBTQ+ community. It was on a more smaller scale, yet marks the growing acceptance of the LGBTQ+ across the states of India.
This marks the first march that took place in Amritsar and Punjab.
Two teenagers, Ramit Seth and Ridham Chaudha brought the march to life being the core organizers. Furthermore, supported by Ludhiana based non-governmental organization Project Kushal.
People in support began gathering at around 4 pm. They began at the Rose Garden which became the starting point for the Pride Parade. There was also a multitude of make-up and face-painting stalls that were set up. People began colouring their faces and bodies with the colours of the rainbow. Some got their entire faces done while others drew on the flag or wrote out messages like “Being gay is OKAY” and “Love is LOVE”
At around 5:30 pm, people took to the streets of Amritsar. The participants were consisting of mostly the youth, with people in their late teens and early twenties. Furthermore, the Mansa Foundation came down from Ludhiana to attend the meet. Also, many others are also said to have done the travel, but we are still unsure.
Multiple placards were held up with sentences like “I may be straight but I don’t hate”. Slogans like “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni, All we need is Equality” and “Pyaar hua ikraar hua, Queer hua to kya hua?” were used through the walk.
The march completed at around 7 pm with the marchers coming back to Rose Garden after covering a distance of 1.5 kilometres. The organizers gave a speech to the people there and then showed them the video below.