Trans Bill, Same-Sex Marriage: The Fight is Far From Over For Mumbai Pride Parade in a Post-377 World

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Trans Bill, Same-Sex Marriage: The Fight is Far From Over For Mumbai Pride Parade in a Post-377 World

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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alking into Mumbai’s first Queer Azaadi march since Section 377 was struck down, and its biggest ever with 15,000 attendees, I was expecting an electric atmosphere of celebration. What I got was a maidan covered in saffron flags and political posters, and a banner declaring “Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha”.

For a moment, I wondered if there was going to be a clash of factions at Queer Azaadi. Then I remembered that an election year calls for prominent campaigning, and that homosexuality is no longer illegal. When I found the starting point of the march, there was no sign of discord — only throngs of colourful people chatting excitedly, faces painted, rainbow flags held aloft to signal to friends. A giant bunch of golden balloons, spelling out “YAARIYAN”, was bouncing off elaborate glittery updos and unicorn horns, before coming to rest on the ground.

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