‘Queer’ stands for all LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) individuals. This is a sexual minority group not widely accepted by sections of society that recognize only two genders and consider only heterosexual relationships valid. The queer community in India has been fighting a prolonged battle on the legal front for getting their constitutional rights and the social front for gaining acceptance and dignity.
Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) is a collective of organizations and individuals who have voluntarily come together to strengthen the voice of the queer community in the country. It aims at empowering the community and having its presence acknowledged within all the strata of the society through various activities, most important of which is Mumbai Pride, a march that is being organized since 2008. Mumbai Pride is an expression, a voice, a celebration and a platform to ask for equal rights of LGBTIQ individuals in India.
Sec 377 of the IPC which criminalizes consensual sex in private between adults of same sex was read down by the Delhi High court on 2nd July 2009, but, the Supreme Court reinstated this law again on the 11th of December 2013. A Review Petition against this decision was turned down by the Supreme Court and a Curative Petition, being the final legal recourse, is pending before them. We need huge effort and support to help our Judiciary make a decision that ensures equality to all individuals of the country irrespective of their sexual identity or orientation.
In order to create awareness in the society about their human rights and fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution, QAM organizes various events & activities including stage performances, music & dance, movie screenings, flash mob, plays, drag shows, street performances, fun-fair and finally, the much awaited Mumbai Pride march where thousands of queer individuals walk to ask and assert their human rights of equality in eyes of law and society.
The Pride March also lends a sense of pride to the queer community which our current law & other social institutions lack in doing. We want every individual to feel proud about themselves, irrespective of their gender identity and orientation. Hence our slogan, “Faqhr Hai”!
While we assert that there is no going back on what we have achieved so far, we also realize that the road ahead is difficult and challenging. If there is someone who can help us in being a part of a truly inclusive society that
looks at each individual as equal, it is YOU!
Come! Join Us! March with us as we celebrate all sexualities and continue our fight for a creating a discrimination-
free India – just an equal India for all.
QAM’s Mumbai Pride, Saturday 31st January 2015, 3.00 pm onwards, August Kranti Maidaan, Mumbai