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From: Delhi Queer Pride Committee <delhiqueerpride at gmail.com>
Date: 20 November 2010 16:53
Subject: Announcing Delhi Queer Pride 2010 - Sunday, 28th November 2010, 3 pm 
To: delhi-queer-pride at googlegroups.com

Delhi Queer Pride 2010
>> We welcome all queer people, friends and supporters to join us for the 3rd 
>>Delhi Queer Pride on Sunday 28th November 2010. 

What the afternoon looks like:We assemble at Barakhamaba Road at 3 pm and start 
marching at 3.30 pm. We should reach Jantar Mantar at around 5.00 pm where we 
have organised a small stage for people to speak or sing or dance or shout 
slogans… whatever else you want to do, as long as its under 2 minutes! Everyone 
is welcome and best if you can give your name in advance by sending a mail to 
delhiqueerpride at gmail.com 

Thanks to the amazing support we have got from the dilli queers, Delhi Queer 
Pride this year too remains funded and organised entirely by the community. And 
just like in the previous years, we are using the funds raised to buy material 
that will be given away free of cost at the march - masks, small rainbow flags, 
whistles, candies, rainbow scarves and leaflets! Come by 3 pm on the day of the 
march and collect what you want.

But mind it!:
- Do not the litter the place with masks or parchis or water bottles.
- There will be a box kept near the stage at Jantar Mantar where you can drop 
off extra leaflets, masks etc.
- Carry a bottle of water with you.

Join us in all your colorful splendor!
Spread the word and bring along friends, lovers, family, pets!

Delhi Queer Pride Committee
delhiqueerpride at gmail.com
Note: English leaflet pasted below and hindi one is attached.
Delhi Queer Pride 2010  

On 28 November 2010, Delhi will celebrate its Third Queer Pride Parade! A large 
number of queer people, along with the ‘straight but not narrow’ allies of the 
queer community, will come together to celebrate the dignity and rights of 
sexually marginalized people all across India and the world.  

But we will not just be celebrating. We will also protest against the 
discrimination faced by queers and make a statement of our hope for a world 
where all people live with freedom, dignity and respect. 

This year we also march with a feather in our caps. On 2 July 2009 the Delhi 
High Court made a judgment decriminalising consensual adult same-sex sexual 
activity in private. 

What is “Queer”? 

Originally, the word “queer” simply meant “odd” or “unusual”. In the past 
century, the word came to be used as a slur for anyone who isn’t gender 
normative or who deviates from society’s definition of sexually normal 
behaviour. Recently, however, people across the world have reclaimed the word 
“queer” to empower, celebrate and unite all those who may feel marginalized 
because of their diverse gender identities and sexualities. 

Queerness is about celebrating our diversity no matter what we call ourselves. 
Among many other things, queer people can be gay, kothi, lesbian, queen, dyke, 
transgender, transsexual, bisexual, hijra, butch, panthi, femme, fairy, MSM, 
FSF, genderqueer, androgynous, asexual, questioning, bicurious or even 
heterosexual queers! Queer Pride affirms our diverse expressions and calls 
attention to our everyday struggle for respect and dignity. 

But even as we affirm all these labels, queerness is also about recognizing and 
resisting the way fixed categories and preconceptions can hinder the human 
variety of love, desire, affection, and self-expression. 

But why are we marching? 

Queer people in India face violence and discrimination from many different 
quarters. Lesbians are subject to violence, forced into marriage and even driven 
to commit suicide by their families. Gay men are blackmailed by organized 
scandals that often involve the police. Hijras regularly bear the brunt of 
brutal violence meted out to them by the police and others in public and 
private. Trans people do not have the medical and psychological services that 
they may need. Queer people who have built lives together are not allowed the 
same civil rights of property, adoption, and insurance benefits, among others, 
that heterosexual families take for granted. These are but a few examples.  

The judgement to decriminalize Article 377 has been challenged in the Supreme 
Court and so the legal battle continues. Nonetheless the court’s recognition of 
our constitutional rights to life, liberty, dignity and respect is a victory 
that cannot be taken away from us. It is but one step in changing society, and 
we still have a long way to go. 

Keeping all this in mind, it is essential that –

- The government extend anti-discrimination laws to ensure that people are not 
discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender 
identity in workplaces, schools, and other public as well as private spaces
- The law forbid non-consensual surgical and psychiatric medical interventions 
to alter sex, gender or sexual orientation.  

- The government allow people able to record the gender category of their choice 
in the national Census of India, Voter ID and all other government documents 

- Legal action be taken against policemen and others who commit violence against 
- The government replicate in other parts of the country efforts such as the 
Aravani Welfare Board, which the Tamil Nadu Government set up for the hijra 
- All persons be allowed to exercise their right to live their lives with 
dignity and freedom, regardless of their gender and sexuality identities.

It is also important that we celebrate –

- The Delhi High Court victory reading down Section 377 of the IPC
- The creation of small but significant spaces for queer people to express who 
they are
- All the family members, colleagues and friends who have embraced the queer 
people in their lives
- Our support from politicians and other public figures
- The untiring efforts of queer and queer-friendly activists, lawyers, 
journalists, artists across the country that have got us this far
- The victories of individuals such as Shabnam, who became a politician in 
Madhya Pradesh as a hijra
- The positive response from some quarters of the media, even as we hope for 
ever increasing support and recognition

Join us at 3:00 pm on November 28th, 2010 
Queers and their allies in Delhi will splash the colours of our lives on the 
streets of Delhi. We invite queers of every stripe, as well as all those who 
stand with us, to rejoice in the rainbow of diversity.
The March will start at the corner of Barakhamba Road and Tolstoy Marg, continue 
along Tolstoy Marg and end at Jantar Mantar.
For more information about Delhi Queer Pride ’10 contact 
delhiqueerpride at gmail.com
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