U-turn: Traffic cops allow pride march on Saturday

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 29 Januari 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The traffic police has reversed its decision and will now allow the city's Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered (LGBT) community to hold a pride parade on February 2.

"The community thanks the traffic police for reconsidering its decision," said Pallav Patankar, director, HIV programmes, Humsafar Trust. "This is one of the biggest pride marches in India.''

The pride month celebrations started before the traffic police's decision. Events were held across the city, including queer games at Juhu beach and a performance of Ek Madhav Baugh, a play written by late Chetan Datar, at Prithvi theatre about a mother coming to terms with her son's sexuality.

Leading up to the march on February 2, other events planned this week including a film festival at IIT-Bombay, a rock concert and a photography exhibition.

Sridhar Rangayan, filmmaker and festival director of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, said that he is excited about organizing the event.

"When I was studying at the IIT during the 1980s, there was no visibility for the LGBT community on campus. I am really happy that the IIT now has a youth group and we are screening award winning LGBT films at my alma mater," Rangayan told TOI.

Earlier this month, the traffic police had denied the LGBT community permission to hold its annual march. The groups had planned to write to the authorities concerned imploring them to reconsider their decision.

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