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Mumbai celebrates 9th annual pride parade

Mumbai celebrates 9th annual pride parade

Mumbai, the most populous city in India with an estimated city population of 18.4 million, celebrated their ninth annual LGBT pride parade on Saturday where participants gathered at August Kranti Maidan to walk to Kennedy Bridge via the Opera House and back to August Kranti Maidan.

Earlier this week, gay rights supporters celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to refer the gay sex ban to a five-member constitutional bench.

Organized by the Queer Azaadi Mumbai collective, the march saw an estimated 7,000 participants, according to The Times of India.

According to news reports, actors Manoj Bajpai and Rajkummar Raocrew of the film ‘Aligarh’, which deals with the stigma surrounding homosexuality as well as Manvendra Singh Gohil, who’s known as the first and only openly gay Indian prince, were at the march.

Veteran LGBTI rights activist Ashok Row Kavi was quoted as saying by the Times, ‘We have had a growing number of heterosexual people participating in the Pride to show their support and that’s been a great thing.’

‘And there are people from all walks of life taking part — from students to commercial sex workers from Kamathipur,’ said the founder-chairman of the Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based NGO that promotes LGBTI rights.


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