We want to be recognised and live like any other citizen in this country, assert members of Queer Pride Keralam as they begin another year of busy activities and programmes. The annual march of the members of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, inter-sex and queer) community in Kerala, under the auspices of Queer Pride Keralam, was held in Kochi on August 12. This time, the march was flooded with participants with more than 1,000 individuals coming under the sexual minority group taking part in various programmes.
Prajith, one of the programme co-ordinators of Queer Pride Keralam 8th edition said that the event was successful with an unprecedented number of individuals coming out of their nutshells to organise and empower. “We consider this itself as an achievement for the organisation which was launched in 2009 to mark the historical declaration of Delhi High Court quashing section 377 of Indian Penal Code. Section 377 criminalised sexual activities “against the order of nature.” The Delhi High Court in a landmark judgement in July 2009 struck down the section saying that it was against the provisions of Constitution which upholds right to equality and the fundamental right to life and liberty for every individual. However the judgment was later reversed by the Supreme Court of India.
Queer Pride Keralam, an umbrella body of around 10 different community-based organisations working among sexual minority groups, celebrates the anniversary of pronouncement of this judgment with varied cultural programmes.