Q: What do you feel?
Siddharth Narrain: I feel great, lots of people have come, its colourful and its a great way to make a ploitical point while being cheerful and happy
and celebrate. I am thrilled with the turn out today.
Q: Its been a long time since we had something like this...
Siddharth Narrain : Its been ages, we should do this more often and we should be as creative as possible, just look at everybody, how happy they are. Its
Q: How do you feel?
Bala : Oh I feel great, I think it is a historic day in Bangalore and
after several several years of planning, finally the day has happened
today. I am very happy.
Shots showing the 'Pride March' that was held in Bangalore on 29th June, 2008. Lots of people carrying bright placards with slogans to repeal section 377, coloured flags and spirited crowds cheering with much joy and splendour.
Arvind Narrain : Hello everybody! Stand up who is gay, lesbian, transgender,
bisexual, hijra. Its great that all of us here gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and hijra people. This is first time we are
marching in Bangalore city for our rights and we hope this won't be
the last time, we will continue to march and protest and demonstrate
until section 377 of the Indian Penal Code stands repealed. We will
not stand for this law. This is not the last time and we will
continue until 377 goes.
Arvind Narrain's speech in the pride march that was held in Bangalore.
Alternative Law Forum
GOOD AS YOU
Karnataka sex worker's union
Karnataka's sexual minorities forum
Manohar : we want justice! We want justice!
Dear friends, we have all gathered here in Bangalore, there are gays
here, transgenders, bisexuals, hijras, also our supporters have come
along, heterosexuals, people from the sex workers movement. I welcome
you all. I am welcoming everyone here, people from across Karnataka,
gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trangenders, Hijras, kothis, intersex
people, our supporters, heterosexuals and we also have a large number
of people from the sex workers movement and I welcome you all. Thirty
years ago, our people in New York city fought for their rights. The
city at that time in New York city was very similar to what we are
facing in India today, lots of police violence, police harassment and
they have shown the way. People fought on that day saying that we
want liberation and said that we cannot tolerate this injustice
anymore. Today people from across the world, in various cities,
people are coming out to the streets, they are marching on the
streets, they are celebrating, they are struggling and they are
saying that we will win. We will win equal rights and will you fight
for winning? Are you willing to fight?
Crowd cheers : YES!!!
Manohar : I think its a good start, we started very very well we hope
that next time, we should have ten thousand people. Today various
groups have gathered here, Suraksha, Sangama, Samana, GOOD AS YOU,
svabhava, Lesbit, Karnataka sex worker's union, Aneka, Karnataka's
sexual minorities forum, Alternative Law Forum and many others. Sorry
if I have forgotten any other names. And also many of our supporters
have come from civil societies, many human rights groups, I can see
lots of friends who are fighting for the rights of other people, I
thank you all and I would end here. People have come here from other
states as well, from Andhra Pradesh, from Tamil Nadu and other states
as well, I don't know everyone here. Its a great day. Repeal IPC 377.
Kick out IPC 377!
Crowd : Kick out! Kick out!
Manohar's speech in the Pride march that was held in Bangalore on June 29th, 2008. Crowds cheering him on enthisiastically while repeating slogans to reapeal section 377.
Rajneesh : People, are you free???
Crowd : yeah!!
Rajneesh : Ok, I think I should thank some people now. In addition to the eleven groups that have organised this pride march, we also have a bunch of students from Chitrakala Parishath who helped with the rainbow flags and other things. We have had a lot of out straight friends coming in, also a group of colleges, feminists, thanks to all of you guys! Much has been said and done about 377 so I won't talk about that. I'd like to pause for a moment to remind you of the
lesbian suicides that have been happening in our country. We really
do need to give a thought about that. There are other issues that
most people have covered about mental illness, oppression and all
that but I would just like to say that our basic is not about being
straight or gay or anything. Its about love, a fundamental human
emotion thats neither straight nor gay. It is our right to love and
to live and we dedicate this pride to the people we love and care
for. Thank you.
Rajneesh's speech in the pride march that was held in Bangalore on June 29th, 2008