“It is good to see such new events coming up to raise our voice against the inequality, discrimination and bullying that we have to live with.”
Delhi Bike Pride took place on July 2, which is the anniversary of the day the High Court of Delhi struck down Section 377 in 2009. India’s Supreme Court reversed the decision in 2013, but July 2 remains a day to mark the victory of the country’s queer community.
Riders representing a wide variety of backgrounds met at at 6.30 AM on the rainy Sunday morning. Despite being completely drenched, riders were not deterred – no one at the Bike Pride was ready to let the weather stand in the way of their fight for equality.
While many allies were riding, a number of members of the community rode pillion, which served as a metaphor of the support allies provide to the community to advance LGBT+ rights.
At the beginning of the march, activists Harsh Agarwal, Yashwinder Singh and Gautam Yadav explained further the importance of the date and what it means for the Indian LGBT+ community. The march ended at Hauz Khas Village where the participants marched in circles and flew rainbow balloons in the sky, while some of them stood with posters and banners with messages of equality, diversity and calling for an end of discrimination against the Indian LGBT+ community.
One of the participants said: “It is good to see such new events coming up to raise our voice against the inequality, discrimination and bullying that we have to live with. I hope that this sends a strong message in the society that the LGBT+ community exists and demands its rights.”
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