Delhi rides with pride
The day, July 2, 2009, marks the date when the Delhi High Court repealed Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality.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.
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
Abhishek Saini and Akash Dwevedi