The 9th edition of Bengaluru’s Namma Pride 2016 was held on Nov 20th and was a culmination of a month and half long celebration that saw over 30 different events being organised between Oct 1st and Nov 20th.
The Pride this year was special in two ways since it was India’s first accessible pride for persons with disability and was held on International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Organised by CSMR (Coalition for Sex Workers’, Sexual and Sexuality Minorities’ Rights) Bengaluru, the Namma Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba was attended by well over 4000 people between Oct and Nov. Not just people of alternate sexuality, but many supporters of LGBTQIA rights as well attended these events.
The pride march was a spectacular sight of 2500+ people walking the distance between Tulsi Park near Majestic to the Town Hall, bursting with colors and emotions.
Along with posing for the cameras and answering the swarm of reporters, the crowd helped each other in getting ready for the pride march.
And the parents who taught their kids to be inclusive.
The volunteers took charge of guiding the crowd and the traffic while the Police stood by in awe, watching the city coming to a halt!
See for yourself.
Participants also demanded an end to violence faced by transgender people and Justice for Tara, a transgender who was recently found dead inside a police station in Chennai. There was a sign language expert translating it all for the disabled.
The march ended with candles being lit in memory of all the transgender people who died due to the violence inflicted upon them.
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