More than 250 people joined a Queer
Pride parade in India's Capital on Sunday.
Revelers celebrated the third year
anniversary of Delhi High Court's ruling decriminalizing gay sex
between consenting adults.
“The high court order is one of the
most important decisions and a very welcome move,” Noorie, who
works for an NGO that helps settle gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender people is quoted as saying by the UK tabloid Daily
Mail. “But then social acceptance for the same is still a
far way off. The society still has some learning to do in terms of
accepting people who are different.”
Marchers stepped off from Barakhamba
Road and made their way to Jantar Mantar carrying an oversized
rainbow flag, a symbol of gay rights.
“We are demanding that all people be
allowed to exercise their right to live their lives with dignity and
freedom, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation,”
organizing groups said in a statement.
While acceptance is slowly increasing
in Indian, many participants wore masks to hide their identity.
The fifth annual parade was the largest