The Indian coastal state of Goa just held its first pride parade and it was a great success.
Goa is a popular destination for tourists and many turned up to march with LGBTI locals at Saturday’s event.
The crowds chanted support for LGBTI people while marching the three kilometer route from the Old Secretariat building to Miramar beach in the state’s capital Panjim.
‘I am gay, that’s ok. I am lesbian that’s ok, I am bisexual that’s ok,’ the crowds chanted
‘One two three four, break open the closet door, don’t assume your kids are straight.’
Organizers said the pride parade and accompanying pride events were an opportunity to raise awareness. Diana Dias said her home state was not as progressive as other parts of India.
‘There’s a little more inclusiveness and acceptability in other states compared to Goa,’ Dias told Times of India.
‘We also want to educate parents. They may not know about the depression their child may be going through because of their sexuality or gender problems.
‘This walk can help them speak openly about their gender and issues they face.
‘We’re trying to show the state that we have a community here.’
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