Delhi Queer Pride was held on Nov 29th this year, and was attended by thousands. The march began around 3 pm from Barakhamba-Tolstoy intersection, and ended at Jantar Mantar. But the pride this year went beyond just seeking removal of Sec 377, or demands for decriminalisation of homosexuality. Delhi Queer Pride this year was all about intersectionality and solidarity. The statement by the pride committee said, “This year, we assert that queer freedoms are inseparable from a broader culture of respect for dissent and difference. Many movements have stood by the queer struggle in the past, we stand by them in return today.” LGBT movement has often been criticised as being too upper caste (and upper class). Delhi Queer Pride 2015 broke the caste barrier, with posters and speeches that asserted that LGBTs can be dalit as well. The class divide though remained, with very few participants from the working class visible at the pride. Support from other groups like the FTII students, OccupyUGC and PinjdaTod movements was also extended.
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.