Queer Azaadi Zindabad!
‘Queer’ stands for all LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer) Individuals. This is a sexual minority group not accepted by Indian society that recognises only two genders and considers only heterosexual relationships valid.
Queer Azaadi March is an expression, a voice, a celebration and a platform to ask for equal rights of LGBTIQ individuals conducted in form of an annual parade in Mumbai that was initiated on August 16, 2008. 20 key Non Government Organisations & any voluntary individuals form QAM with this single purpose & determination
On July 2, 2009 the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was read down. Post this judgment, sexual acts in private between consenting adults of the same sex were no longer criminalized. This had been the foremost long standing demand of the Queer Movement in India.
From 2011, QAM began conducting a week full of festivities and events in different pockets of Mumbai from movie screenings, flash mob, plays, meet-the-author to drag shows, street performances and mela and finally, the much awaited Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March which saw thousands of queer individuals walk to ask and assert their human rights of equality in eyes of law and society.
Right from protests against insensitive depiction of queer individuals in media to organizing community events that addressed awareness issues to initiating review process for march organizing through surveys & beginning innovative fund raising initiatives, QAM has remained on forefront of many such activities through these years.
The Supreme Court of India set aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgment that decriminalized homosexuality on 11th December 2013. From now on the focus is not to lose the progress made for marginalized community. It is a challenging journey ahead and 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! Every year, you can march with us as we celebrate all sexualities and continue our fight for a discrimination-free India. No hate, no stigma, no biases, no fear of differences – just an equal India for all.