Delhi rides with pride

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Etti Bali

The day, July 2, 2009, marks the date when the Delhi High Court re­pealed Sec­tion 377 that crim­i­nalises ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. And a host of Del­hi­ites de­cided to mark the day this year, with a first-ofits-kind queer bike pa­rade. “This bike pride is more than what it looks at the sur­face. It stands for the fact that there is space for as much LGBTQIA events as we want. In­no­va­tive think­ing at­tracts peo­ple. We want to be heard and such events start a con­ver­sa­tion,” says Abhishek Saini, co-founder, Those In Need, one of the or­gan­is­ers.

The movement has gained mo­men­tum over the years, with peo­ple be­ing more vo­cal about LGBTQ rights. Yash­winder Singh of The Hum­sa­far Trust says, “10 years ago, no­body used to talk about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Now at least peo­ple are com­ing out and talk­ing about it. The peo­ple gath­ered here are agents of change. These baby steps, taken all over the coun­try, will def­i­nitely yield a pos­i­tive re­sult.” To Harsh Agar­wal, July 2 is an im­por­tant day. “It means equal­ity is pos­si­ble and diversity can co-ex­ist,” he says. A par­tic­i­pant, who be­longs to the com­mu­nity, but doesn’t wish to be named, says this ride gave him a sense of sol­i­dar­ity.

An­other par­tic­i­pant, Dim­ple Chaud­hary, feels that love shouldn’t be com­part­men­talised in gen­der and sex­u­al­ity roles. “Let love be love. This is my first bike ride and I am thank­ful to every­one who came here. They sup­ported the com­mu­nity,” she adds.

PHO­TOS: AMAL KS/HT

Devi Ban­er­jee; Ni­harika Singh Dalal (right) Joel David, Dim­ple Chaud­hary and San­deep Mor­ris

Clock­wise from left: Ekta Sansi and Shee­tal Agar­wal; Vidhi Malla; a group of in­com­ing bik­ers at the bike pride pa­rade

PHO­TOS: AMAL KS/ HT

Abhishek Saini and Akash Dw­evedi

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