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Pride Walk Mumbai #NoGoingBack

by Qam Mumbai category: Cause

“Walk for Love at the Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) Annual Pride March at August Kranti Maidan on Saturday, Feb 1 2014 http://thndr.it/1eJnnpf

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This campaign ended on January 25, 2014 at 12PM

On December 11, 2013 our Hon'ble Indian Supreme Court overturned the Delhi High Court's judgement on IPC 377 thereby reinstating the Criminality of Homosexuality in India.  
 
That day love was defeated and we were called a "Minuscule Minority". As a result, from that day onwards, millions of LGBTIQ people in India are exposed and subjected to widespread homophobia, bullying, physical/mental trauma, threats for their well being, etc. They are being punished just because they love the one they want to love.
 
In these dark times, it is but imperative that we don't cower down. It is imperative that we (LGBTIQ, Families, Friends and Supporters) stand tall and walk with Pride on Saturday Feb 1, 2014, to display that Solidarity, Unity and Love is above any Phobia that the so called know it alls throw on us and accuse us with.

This Feb 1, We will walk for humanity. We will walk for the fundamental rights which our Constitution provides us with which are unbiased for all regardless of any number of people constituting a minority. We are going to walk and pray for forgiveness for the souls (religious, political and individuals) who have lost direction and become homophobes, not knowing that all they are hating is love. It is but an irony that hate binds them together and not love as in this case. WE WILL WALK FOR LOVE.

The entire month of January is declared as a Pride Month. There are numerous well organized events happening across Mumbai. From theatre to musicals to sensitization talk to sports to family meets, there are so many amazing events you would like to participate in. Make sure that you participate in these events and also come forward and walk with us in the Pride. 

In solidarity and peace.

Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM)

For further details on the 2014 Pride please click on the below
http://mumbaipride.in/
https://www.facebook.com/events/246587508852961/


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"Queer" stands for all LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) Individuals. This is a sexual minority group not accepted by Indian society that recognises only two genders and considers only heterosexual relationships valid.

Queer Azaadi March is an expression, a voice, a celebration and a platform to ask for equal rights of LGBTIQ individuals conducted in form of an annual parade in Mumbai that was initiated on August 16, 2008. 20 key Non Government Organisations & any voluntary individuals form QAM with this single purpose & determination

On July 2, 2009 the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was read down. Post this judgment, sexual acts in private between consenting adults of the same sex were no longer criminalized. This had been the foremost long standing demand of the Queer Movement in India.

From 2011, QAM began conducting a week full of festivities and events in different pockets of Mumbai from movie screenings, flash mob, plays, meet-the-author to drag shows, street performances and mela and finally, the much awaited Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March which saw thousands of queer individuals walk to ask and assert their human rights of equality in eyes of law and society.

Right from protests against insensitive depiction of queer individuals in media to organizing community events that addressed awareness issues to initiating review process for march organizing through surveys & beginning innovative fund raising initiatives, QAM has remained on forefront of many such activities through these years.

The Supreme Court of India set aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgment that decriminalized homosexuality on 11th December 2013. From now on the focus is not to lose the progress made for marginalized community. It is a challenging journey ahead and if there is someone who can help us in being a part of a truly inclusive society that looks at each individual as equal, it is YOU!

Come! Join Us! Every year, you can march with us as we celebrate all sexualities and continue our fight for a discrimination-free India. No hate, no stigma, no biases, no fear of differences – just an equal India for all.

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