12th Queer Pride Parade | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
12th Queer Pride Parade | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Thousands of people descended on the streets of Delhi Sunday to participate in the 12th Queer Pride Parade celebrating homosexuality.

Carrying posters and multi-coloured flags, protesters marched from the Barakhamba Road intersection to Jantar Mantar in support of trans rights, and condemned the Transgender Bill 2019.

The Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on 20 November 2019 with an objective to bring the transgender community into the mainstream. However, the queer community has objected to the Bill, saying it ignores several grievances and makes very few provisions to address them.

The bill also refers to intersex and transgender folk interchangeably, despite their inherent differences.

The Pride Parade saw people carrying several placards, some of which said, “You know what’s weaker than the economy? Your homophobia.”

ThePrint’s Manisha Mondal captures some moments of the parade.

A bill for transgender rights was first introduced in 2015, by then BJD MP Baijayant Panda | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Some say the bill is “actually our worst nightmare coming true because it only talks about regulation and re-regulation of the bodies of trans people and nothing about their rights”. | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Another provision flagged by the community is that the bill allows courts to put trans persons in a rehabilitation centre if their families refuse to care for them | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The main objection to the bill was that it criminalised begging, which many people from the transgender community have to resort to as they are abandoned by their family | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People celebrate India’s sexual diversity and love at the 12th Queer Pride Parade | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People cutting across the barriers of caste, creed and nationalities gathered to protest | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A girl holds up a poster condemning homophobia | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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