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The first Bangalore pride since decriminalization of homosexuality was epic

The first Bangalore pride since decriminalization of homosexuality was epic

a girl stands in a crowd with a sign over her head saying 'we are not criminals anymore'

One of India’s major Pride marches has wrapped up in Bangalore as revellers celebrated this year’s historic decision to decriminalize homosexuality.

Thousands of people joined the 11th Namma Pride parade and danced in the streets in colorful outfits to celebrate the city’s LGBTI community Bangalore the capital of south-western state of Karnataka.

The ‘Coalition for Sex workers, Sexual & Sexuality Minorities’ Rights (CSMR) – Bengaluru’ which is a coalition of many LGBTQI organizations and allied groups across Karnataka organizes the annual parade.

‘Namma’ means ours in the state’s Kannada language. It can be described as a call to ownership, to identification, and pleas for oneness, ‘something the LGBTQI community in Bengaluru and across Karnataka increasingly craves for and needs’, organizers said.

Beyond the Pride parade, Namma Pride is an extensive cultural festival aimed at promoting LGBTI rights and inclusivity.

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