‘Young, energetic and visible. What tremendous courage in the face of prejudice, guys’ one internet user wrote on YouTube.
A team of LGBTI dancers wowed Mumbai public when they broke into a flashmob.
Footage of the performance has since gone viral.
The annual flashmob was organized by Yaariyan as part of Queer Azadi Mumbai Pride Month. But this was the first time they danced since India’s Supreme Court decriminalized gay sex.
‘Bombay [Mumbai] is at its best when it celebrates equality and plurality’ LGBTI activist and columnist Harrish Iyer, said.
This LGBTQ flashmob has taken Mumbai by storm. I love the way gay love is being normalised in our streets, but more than that I love how the city of Mumbai has become a friend & an ally. Good work @yaariyan_lgbtq @HumsafarTrust @ankydasgupta & team 👏💗🏳️🌈. https://t.co/7VIDLSw6Nh
— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) February 7, 2019
‘Young, Energetic and Visible. What tremendous courage in the face of prejudice, guys’ one internet user wrote on YouTube. ‘So proud of Mumbaikars!’
At the end of the performance the dancers chant ‘I am gay, that’s ok!’ They also shouted ‘I am a lesbian, that’s ok!’ and ‘I am a Hijra, that’s OK!’
A record-breaking 15,000 people attended this year’s Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride.
The annual celebration was the first parade ever since the subcontinent decriminalized gay sex in September 2018. India’s Supreme Court ruled that Section 377 of the Penal Code was unconstitutional.
‘Pride was very nice, it was fabulous,’ co-organizer Ankit Bhuptani told Gay Star News. Bhuptani explained why Pride this year held a special significance for the LGBTI community.
Bhuptani further explained it was the first time the local community and many straight allies supported a Pride event.
‘Doctors associations, teachers, colleges and education associations, Indian and multinational companies were there marching for Pride,’ he said.