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Surat to hold state’s first gay pride parade

The event has been organised by the Gujarat unit LGBT and Forum Foundation of Baroda,an NGO working for social causes.

For the first time in Gujarat,over 200 members of the Lesbians,Gay,Bisexual,Transgenders (LGBT) community from across the country will participate in a pride walk in Surat on Sunday morning,demanding social acceptance and their rights.

The event has been organised by the Gujarat unit LGBT and Forum Foundation of Baroda,an NGO working for social causes. This rally will start from Nanpura near Bahumali building at 9.30 am and will end at Kargil chowk in Piplod,covering over two kilometres.

Swagat Shah,who is in the co-ordination team for the rally,said,“The motive behind the rally is to demand and the social acceptance of the person they marry. Also,it will urge the Supreme Court to pass the reserved judgment of 377 of IPC. We want to say that we are also there in the society and nobody should neglect us. Through this rally,we also wanted to spread the information about the LGBT community in the society in Surat and across Gujarat and create awareness among the people. We also have constitutional rights and it is a long fight for our rights.”

Participants in the rally,who are unwilling to reveal their identity,have been permitted by the organisers to wear a mask. The organisers have been working on this event for the last one month. They have contacted several NGOs across the state to lend their support to the event. The organisers are hoping maximum participation from Gujarat and from cities like Delhi,Bangalore,Nasik,Pune,Mumbai and states like Punjab.

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Swagat further added,“We are hoping that the figures will increase as we have been getting responses on phones and through mails regularly. We have also formed a Facebook page,’Gujarat’s First Ever LGBT Pride March In Surat,’ and we are getting good response. We have got the confirmation from our counterparts in Ahmedabad that large number of LGBT people will come down to Surat to take part in the pride march.”

First published on: 05-10-2013 at 03:27 IST
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