Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community held a march in the national capital today demanding an end to the discrimination which is still being faced by them. The annual parade, in its seventh year, was held at Jantar Mantar here where around 300-400 people gathered and continued to garner support from people from different walks of life, especially students, who danced to drumbeats and whistles. The parade was held despite the Supreme Court reinstating a ban on gay sex in December last year.According to the police, the march was held amid adequate security to prevent any untoward incident. “Around 300-400 people participated in the event. Adequate security arrangements were there for the event to ensure that there is no untoward incident,” SBS Tyagi, Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), said.Members of the community and their supporters were seen wearing vibgyor-colored wigs and colorful flags and holding posters to celebrate their sexual freedom and to ask others to understand. This year, however, the LGBT community marched for “freedom”, with many of the members coming out of closet and revealing their faces.Holding placards that read “If god hates gays, why are we so cute then”, “Gay rights are human rights” and “Different is no wrong,” the community protested the Supreme Court’s December 2013 judgment that upheld Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that bans gay sex.The apex court decision had reversed the Delhi High Court’s 2009 order which said the IPC section violated the rights of LGBT people.


Members and supporters of LGBT community participate in Delhi’s pride parade