Written byAyushi Chamoli ·
The roads of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, were painted 'rainbow' on Sunday as the first pride parade after reading down of Section 377 was organized in the state.
The Pride Walk was organized by Queerythm, an organization working for the rights of sexual minorities.
The launch of Q-Rang, an LGBTIQ theater group, and Jwala, a self-help group for the transgender community, were the highlights of the event.
Queerythm, founded by Prijith, organized the walk and the Queer Cultural Festival.
Around 500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people joined the walk along with their families and started-off by shouting 'Pride for all'.
The walk which, started from the University College Junction to Manaveeyam Veedhi, saw people freely kissing for the camera and dancing on the rhythm of the percussion.
Meanwhile, with all the 'pride' in the air, Queerythm launched Q-Rang and Jwala.
Q-Rang, the first completely LGBTIQ theater group, later performed its first play 'We are victims'.
The play was directed by Sreejith Sundaram, a queer activist and a theater person, based in Chennai.
A self-help group of transgenders, Jwala, was inaugurated to enhance their entrepreneurship and skill development.
Apart from the announcements, what made the march unique was 'the green protocol'. Prijith, who was happy with the large turnout even from neighbouring states, said, "None of the materials we used is non-biodegradable. The rainbow flags are all made of cotton or cotton-mixed material."
The LGBTIQ community saw some light through the tunnel of struggle on September 6, 2018.
Any form of intercourse against the law of nature was criminalized under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code during the British Rule in 1861.
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