Some­where over the Rain­bow

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This week, the city is all set to be painted VIB­GYOR – the colours of the rain­bow! The Delhi Queer Pride Pa­rade, which is now in its eight year, will take place on Novem­ber 29.

There will also be a 10-day Delhi QueerFest cel­e­bra­tion. This year will also see the de­but of the Delhi In­ter­na­tional Queer Film and The­atre fes­ti­val. “It is a cel­e­bra­tion and part protest against the dis­crim­i­na­tion to­wards the com­mu­nity,” says Mohnish Malhotra, an ac­tivist and mem­ber of the com­mit­tee. They also high­light that the pro­tec­tion ex­tended to trans­gen­ders is weakly im­ple­mented. Apart from up­hold­ing the rights of the queer com­mu­nity, this year’s march also takes up the is­sue of in­tol­er­ance.

The fest, which takes place from Novem­ber 27 to De­cem­ber 7 at the Max Mueller Bha­van, starts with a vis­ual art ex­hi­bi­tion. Sandip Kuriakose, a mem­ber, says, “The Delhi QueerFest Vis­ual Art Ex­hi­bi­tion is a com­mu­nity-arts event that hopes to en­gage with a broader au­di­ence on mat­ters im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity.” He adds, “For those of us in­volved with QueerFest for many years, our be­lief was in the power of cul­ture and queer­ness. In times of vi­o­lent moral­is­ing, cen­sor­ship and cul­tural na­tion­al­ism, do we re­claim it? Use it to ques­tion, undo, re-imag­ine? Or has its mo­ment passed? Has it be­come a word that gets thrown about to mean ev­ery­thing and noth­ing? Where do we go from here to think about what sex­u­al­ity is, what it should be, what it could be?”

The third-leg to the cel­e­bra­tion is the the­atre and film fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised by Harm­less Hugs. It will be held at the Lok Kala Manch on De­cem­ber 12 and 13.

is a cel­e­bra­tion as well as a part protest against the dis­crim­i­na­tion to­wards the com­mu­nity Mohnish Malhotra, ac­tivist

PHOTO: HI­MANSU VYAS/HT

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