First gay parade in Delhi

Filed under: india — Tags: , , , — thomas11 @ 07:59

Wow, if you know anything about contemporary Indian culture with respect to sexuality and especially homosexuality, that will come as a surprise: The first Gay Pride parade in Delhi did not only take place at all, but was apparently a tremendous success. I have a lot of respect towards the people who organized that, despite being in danger of being attacked.

Interestingly enough, I can’t find any mention of this at Tehelka or the Times of India.

Update 2008-07-03: Still not much news coverage. The Guardian has an article, and has an interesting interview with movie director Deepa Mehta. She shocked India in 1996 with “Fire“, the story of a Lesbian couple, at a time when many believed homosexuality didn’t exist in India. (It’s a great movie, btw!) Years later, the movie still wasn’t shown in most cinemas. When I was in Delhi, I saw it in an open-air screening in the German embassy – behind closed doors.


  1. wow, that’s great!
    ich bin wirklich überrascht und hoffe, dass es “nachahmer” findet! ;)
    und das lief ohne polizeiliche eingriffe ab? homosexualität ist doch immer noch verboten, oder?

    Comment by anja — 2008-07-02 @ 00:35

  2. Indien hat mal wieder einen lustigen Weg gefunden, konservative Ideale und liberale Demokratie zu verbinden: Homosexualität ist nicht verboten, aber gleichgeschlechtlicher Sex! Händchen halten ist ok. Das ist das Gesetz oder der Paragraph 377, von dem im Interview die Rede ist.

    Die Polizei hat die Parade anscheinend sogar geschützt. Was aber dann praktisch nicht nötig war, da es keine Probleme gab. Das ist doch was!

    Comment by thomas11 — 2008-07-03 @ 08:42

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