Imphal stages first pride to fight discrimination

In the capital city of Manipur, a small but diverse group of people show up in the march

Imphal stages first pride to fight discrimination
16 March 2014

Holding placards reading ‘Knock out Sec 377’, ‘We are not sex toy, No No Sec 377’, a small group of people from different walks of life staged the first-ever pride in the bustling streets of Imphal yesterday, according to Indian media.

Clad in colorful skirts, pants and funky costumes, some 50 participants wearing colored garlands came together to express their pride and joy.

While the turnout was modest, organizers were upbeat and said this was only a beginning.

It was only last month when Guwahati became the first city in the northeastern region – bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar – to hold a pride, according to The Indian Express.

‘Discrimination against the LGBT community is not new and there are innumerable everyday instances of labelling the community as “immoral”, “unnatural”,’ said Shanta Khurai, secretary of the pride organizer All Manipur Nupi Manbi Association, to The Assam Tribune.

‘We are protesting against the Section 377, which suppresses the basic human rights of the community,’ she added. Section 377 is an anti-sodomy law originating from British colonial rule.

The 38-year-old herself is a member of the trans community and has been leading the LGBTI rights movement in the state.

She and other organizers want to tell those who are gay and marginalized that they are not alone.

‘There are many more like them and that they can reach out if they wish,’ said Khurai .

Manipur is one of the few states in India which run an annual transgender beauty pageant.

Photos by Kaushik Gupta

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

35 gay activists attacked in Zimbabwe

Dozen men crash a private party armed with logs, iron bars and beer bottles
No thumbnail available

Michael Urie to critics of gay sex on TV: 'Change the channel'

'I think there is far too much football on TV. But I’m not going around saying they should take football off the air'
No thumbnail available

HomoLAB 106

Amy and Lucio are joined by Jen in Soho to ask if it's ok for gay bars to turn away straight people?
No thumbnail available

Matt Bomer to guest star on NBC's The New Normal

Will play the sexy ex-boyfriend of Andrew Rannells character
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Sir Ian McKellen and Harry Styles couldn’t be cuter

The legendary actor and the pop star cuddle up together on the Graham Norton Show
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Parents of gay cyberbullying victim denounce overturn of New York's cyberbullying law

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online
No thumbnail available

Long before he played gay in The Normal Heart, Mark Ruffalo's high school best friend came out to him

The revelation came along with 'basically a declaration of love attached to it'
No thumbnail available

Bisexual Olympian Ireen Wüst wins fourth medal at Sochi

Althete who caused controversy when she got a cuddle from Putin takes home silver in the women's 5,000 meters