#377QuitIndia: The Second Quit India Movement For Section 377
Posted On 7th February, 2018 @ 21:43 pm by Mihika Jindal

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#377QuitIndia. That’s the theme that the 10th edition of the Mumbai Pride Parade chose this year. Led by Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM), it was that time of the year again when the LGBTIQ community came out to fight for their basic rights and liberty to exist with dignity. The march that happened on Saturday, 3 February in the Maximum City received a roaring response and people, like every year, came out in big numbers to march after the multi-coloured Pride Flag.

 

History should repeat itself

Why #377QuitIndia? Because the venue for this year—Grant Road in Mumbai—was the same as the venue that saw Mahatama Gandhi’s Quit India Movement 75 years ago. Back in 1942, Gandhi’s fight for freedom translated into something tangible, but decades later, the LGBTIQ community continues to struggle to find a basic foothold in the society.

 

A Proud Parade

The organisers from QAM decided to do things differently this year. The event was made inclusive for the disables, an initiative that was initiated by Bengaluru’s Namma Pride that was taken ahead by QAM this year in Mumbai. The venue has interpreters, and the differently abled were ferried to and back from the venue. In addition to this, the organisers released an exciting series of event logos that captured the feel of the pre-independence stamps. Here’s a glimpse:

 

 

 

 

 

The Massive Build Up

The 3 February march wasn’t a standalone event. There was a lot that went behind it, literally. The whole month of January saw a series of events across the city, all building up to the final march. Mr Gay World India Finale, Queeroes (celebrating the queer heroes), Chai with Seenagers (interaction with old timer queers), interaction with Karim Ladak, an instrumental part of the queer movement in Mumbai whose house was the safest place for the longest time for all the LGBTIQ parties. And then there were sport events, flash mobs, house parties, networking events and everything that would set the sails for the grand march that happened on the weekend past.

 

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 The Final Showdown

The humdrum of the attendees with friends and family started around 3 PM where everybody gathered awaiting the unfurling of the Pride Flag and the Nashik dhols that would mark the onset of the march. Starting from August Kranti Maidan to Opera House to Kennedy Bridge and back to August Kranti Maidan, the crowd marched in unity for freedom raising slogans, displaying banners and constantly urging the Supreme Court to take notice and rid them of the draconian law of Section 377.

 

Here’s a quick look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mumbai Pride 2018 ! #mumbaipride #mumbaipride2018 #equalityforall #sec377 #sec377quitindia

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