Celebration of love with pride

The 5th edition of the Guwahati Queer Pride Parade at Dighalipukhuri on Sunday afternoon saw an outpouring of emotion, sentiments and passion.

By Ananya Chakraborty in Guwahati
  • Published 12.02.18
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Guwahati: The 5th edition of the Guwahati Queer Pride Parade at Dighalipukhuri on Sunday afternoon saw an outpouring of emotion, sentiments and passion.

The event, organised every year by Xukia, a collective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, that works for the rights of the queer community, was preceded by a series of pre-pride events, such as fundraisers by putting up jewellery and food stalls, organising concerts, flash mobs and parties, to reach out to people.

Bitopi Dutta, a founding member of the organisation, recalled how the first pride walk here took place in 2014. In December 2013, a few young women organised the Global Day of Rage. People came out in protest against the Supreme Court verdict of upholding Section 377 that provides prosecution of adults for indulging in consensual gay sex. Two months later, a small group of people came together and held the first parade in the city.

"This year, we have reached out to a lot of people through the pre-pride events. This we couldn't do in the past couple of years. The positive response is a great motivation," Shivlal Gautam, a member of Xukia, said.

Pragati Kalita, another active member of the organisation, said the visibility of the queer community in Guwahati is low compared to other cities like Calcutta, New Delhi or Mumbai. "The queer movement in Assam has come a long way and we still have miles to go," Kalita said.