In September, India’s Supreme Court announced that it would finally decriminalize homosexuality. This week, thousands took to the street and celebrated with a gay pride parade first time in the country’s history without worrying about legal repercussions.
With rainbow flags and banners that read “Love Wins” and “Adios 377” and chants of “we got our freedom”, parade organizers say that this has been the biggest gay pride parade of record in the country since they began in 2007. “Adios 377” is in reference to the law named Section 377 which criminalized “unnatural offenses”. The law was introduced by British colonizers in 1861 and carried a sentence of up to 10 years if convicted. Though it as rarely enforced, the law was kept on the books to legally harass and bully the country’s LGBTQIA+ community.
Progress is happening!