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Pride Month: Chennai joins cities around the world in march for LGBTQ rights

June is globally celebrated as Pride Month, with thousands of people marching in several cities around the world.

Pride Month: Chennai joins cities around the world in march for LGBTQ rights
Residents of Chennai take part in the rainbow pride on Sunday, June 24, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Chennai celebrated the 10th edition of the pride parade on Sunday, with hundreds taking to the streets to demand equal rights for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community. In a show of strength, residents gathered at Rajarathinam Stadium in Egmore and marched with rainbow flags and posters which read ‘love is too beautiful to be hidden in a closet’, ‘the power of black in my rainbow’ and ‘queer and proud’ among other slogans.

Pride Month: Chennai joins cities around the world in march for LGBTQ rights
In its 10th edition of the Rainbow pride parade, Chennai marched with rainbow flags and posters on Sunday (PTI Photo)

Several cities in India organise annual pride parades. New Delhi, last November, held its 10th edition.

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A participant performs during a gay pride parade to demand for a new law for gender equality, according to organisers, in Santiago, Chile June 23, 2018. (Reuters Photo)

In India, Section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises same-sex relations “against the order of nature”, is under judicial review. In January this year, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court decided to revisit its December 2013 order upholding the constitutional validity of Section 377.

The bench noted that “a section of people or individuals who exercise their choice should never remain in a state of fear” and “societal morality also changes from age to age”.

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Pride Parade participants carry Love signs down Market Street in San Francisco on Sunday, June 24, 2018. (Photo via AP)

June is globally celebrated as Pride Month, with thousands of people marching in several cities around the world. Sunday also saw marches in cities in the US, including New York and San Francisco. The movement, which began in 1970 in Chicago, is to demand legal rights, such as same-sex marriage, and dignity for the LGBTQ community. It was first organised in response to police raids on the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village, a popular gay bar, on June 28, 1969.

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Reveler carry a LTBGQ flag along Fifth Avenue during the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

There are over 70 countries which hold annual pride events. Some of the more famous ones include the Madrid Gay Pride, which will be held on July 7, the Sao Paulo Gay Pride, which was held on June 3 and the San Francisco Gay Pride, which was held yesterday. While June is celebrated as Pride Month, events are usually held between June and August.