Pride fever is over in India and three Indian cities held queer pride marches in the last two months. While Chennai held the 6th Rainbow Pride on 29th June, Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk was held on 13th July. Kochi hosted the 5th Kerala Queer Pride on 26th July.

Here’s a look at how pride in these cities turned out to be:

Chennai

The march began from Egmore, Rajarathnam Stadium.

People gathered, and urged others to join too.

Some came with friends

Some wore masks

While this couple came all the way from Bangalore

It started raining

But no one really cared about the rain

And this sums up the message at the pride

 

Kolkata

The oldest pride march in India saw its 13th edition this year. The walk started from Triangular Park and was preceded by heavy rain fall.

But the rainbow flag was held high

And close to 1200 people participated

They carried posters

 

There was a larger participation from college going youth this time

The walk  was themed around the right for both gender and sexual expressions.

Kochi

The 5th Kerala Queer Pride was held in Kochi for the first time. It saw a massive attendance of over 500 people.

People painted their face in support

Trans activist Kalki Subramaniam too attended the pride

And so did Arvind Narrian -well known lawyer of Alternate Law Forum, Bangalore

The theme for this year was: Breaking the Silence

And as the rainbow flag unfurled

There were a lot of happy faces

A bikers gang

And of course, SELFIES

Kerala Queer Pride 2014

Kerala Queer Pride 2014

 

 

Pride fever is over in India and three Indian cities held queer pride marches in the last two months. While Chennai held the 6th Rainbow Pride on 29th June, Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk was held on 13th July. Kochi hosted the 5th Kerala Queer Pride on 26th July.

Here’s a look at how pride in these cities turned out to be:

Chennai

The march began from Egmore, Rajarathnam Stadium.

People gathered, and urged others to join too.

Some came with friends

Some wore masks

While this couple came all the way from Bangalore

It started raining

But no one really cared about the rain

And this sums up the message at the pride

 

Kolkata

The oldest pride march in India saw its 13th edition this year. The walk started from Triangular Park and was preceded by heavy rain fall.

But the rainbow flag was held high

And close to 1200 people participated

They carried posters

 

There was a larger participation from college going youth this time

The walk  was themed around the right for both gender and sexual expressions.

Kochi

The 5th Kerala Queer Pride was held in Kochi for the first time. It saw a massive attendance of over 500 people.

People painted their face in support

Trans activist Kalki Subramaniam too attended the pride

And so did Arvind Narrian -well known lawyer of Alternate Law Forum, Bangalore

The theme for this year was: Breaking the Silence

And as the rainbow flag unfurled

There were a lot of happy faces

A bikers gang

And of course, SELFIES

Kerala Queer Pride 2014

Kerala Queer Pride 2014

 

 

Chennai, Kolkata and Kochi: How Three Indian cities celebrated Pride

Pride fever is over in India and three Indian cities held queer pride marches in the last two months. While Chennai held the 6th Rainbow Pride on 29th June, Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk was held on 13th July. Kochi hosted the 5th Kerala Queer Pride on 26th July.

Here’s a look at how pride in these cities turned out to be:

Chennai

The march began from Egmore, Rajarathnam Stadium.

[caption id="attachment_6795" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Holding the flag high. Courtesy: Shankar Ganesh Holding the flag high. Courtesy: Shankar Ganesh[/caption]

People gathered, and urged others to join too.

[caption id="attachment_6696" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Chennai Pride 2014 Photo credit: Michael George[/caption]

Some came with friends

[caption id="attachment_6694" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Pic Courtesy: Michael George Photo credit: Michael George[/caption]

Some wore masks

[caption id="attachment_6690" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Chennai Pride 2014 Photo credit: Michael George[/caption]

While this couple came all the way from Bangalore

[caption id="attachment_6689" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Pic Courtesy: Michael George Photo credit: Michael George[/caption]

It started raining

[caption id="attachment_6680" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Pic Courtesy: Michael George Photo credit: Michael George[/caption]

But no one really cared about the rain

[caption id="attachment_6684" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Pic Courtesy: Michael George Photo credit: Michael George[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6677" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Chennai Pride 2014 Photo credit: Michael George[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6695" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Chennai Pride 2014 Photo credit: Michael George[/caption]

And this sums up the message at the pride

[caption id="attachment_6779" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Making a statement. Courtesy: Shankar Ganesh Making a statement. Courtesy: Shankar Ganesh[/caption]

 

Kolkata

The oldest pride march in India saw its 13th edition this year. The walk started from Triangular Park and was preceded by heavy rain fall.

[caption id="attachment_6509" align="aligncenter" width="958"]Rain lashed the city but not the Annual Pride Walk in Kolkata. Rains lashed the city but not the Annual Pride Walk in Kolkata.[/caption]

But the rainbow flag was held high

[caption id="attachment_6815" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption]

And close to 1200 people participated

[caption id="attachment_6816" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption]

They carried posters

[caption id="attachment_6819" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_6817" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption]

There was a larger participation from college going youth this time

[caption id="attachment_6820" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption]

The walk  was themed around the right for both gender and sexual expressions.

[caption id="attachment_6821" align="aligncenter" width="719"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6822" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6823" align="aligncenter" width="722"]Pic courtesy: Kaustav Manna Photo Credit: Kaustav Manna[/caption]

Kochi

The 5th Kerala Queer Pride was held in Kochi for the first time. It saw a massive attendance of over 500 people.

[caption id="attachment_6824" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

People painted their face in support

[caption id="attachment_6825" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

Trans activist Kalki Subramaniam too attended the pride

[caption id="attachment_6826" align="aligncenter" width="682"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

And so did Arvind Narrian -well known lawyer of Alternate Law Forum, Bangalore

[caption id="attachment_6827" align="aligncenter" width="969"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

The theme for this year was: Breaking the Silence

[caption id="attachment_6829" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

And as the rainbow flag unfurled

[caption id="attachment_6828" align="aligncenter" width="682"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

There were a lot of happy faces

[caption id="attachment_6838" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6830" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

A bikers gang

[caption id="attachment_6832" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography Photo credit: Surjith S Pai Photography[/caption]

And of course, SELFIES

Kerala Queer Pride 2014

Kerala Queer Pride 2014

 

 

Sukhdeep Singh

Sukhdeep Singh

Sukhdeep Singh is a Facebook addict who works as a software engineer by day and transforms into a writer at night. He is also the founder and editor of Gaylaxy magazine.
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