By Roshan Kokane:
On June 12, 2016, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida witnessed one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ people in U.S. history. A single gunman killed 49 people at Pulse club and injured 53 others. Millions of supporters came together in different cities of the world to honour those who lost their lives.
Gurgaon (NCR) also hosted its first queer pride march to show its solidarity with the victims. Besides mourning for those killed, the pride march also included an agenda celebrating LGBTQ pride month. LGBTQ folks around the world are under constant threat of violence, abuse and ostracism. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code considers homosexuality as unnatural or against the order of nature.
Around 300 people from all age groups, social classes and sexual orientations came together at the pride march. They strongly raised their thoughts and opinions to repeal laws that discriminate based on gender and sexual identities. Some families were also present with posters, masks and queer flags to support their children and give them courage to be out, open and free to love.
“We will never keep quiet after any attack. We will fight back and reclaim our space and dignity.”
Showing solidarity to LGBTQ community around the world. Stay strong!
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