- Title: LGBT community in India march, dance to promote inclusivity
- Date: 28th December 2019
- Summary: SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL, INDIA (DECEMBER 28, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF MEMBERS OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTERS WALKING HOLDING BANNER AND POSTERS PARTICIPANTS OF THE PARADE DANCING PARTICIPANTS CARRYING POSTERS WALKING PARTICIPANTS LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF PARTICIPANTS DANCING (SOUNDBITE) (English) ORGANISER, SURABHI SINGH, SAYING: "People from different communities from the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer) community and also from the ally communities have come together and there was a free discussion of what is the status now and what can be done and we work together inâ€¦ as a whole and we chanted differentâ€¦ we chanted different slogans and we as group support the cause." VARIOUS OF PARTICIPANTS DANCING (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PARTICIPANT, BODHISATTA GHOSH, SAYING: "If the society does not accept you then we will accept you. These people (members of LGBT community) are not different; they are not aliens and have not come from different planet. These people are one of us; they live among us and are common people." PARTICIPANTS STANDING AS GHOSH SPEAKS PARTICIPANTS LOOKING ON PARTICIPANTS STANDING/PARTICIPANTS CLAPPING AND CHEERING
- Embargoed: 11th January 2020 15:16
- Keywords: India LQBT+ Siliguri equal rights pride march society
- Location: SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- City: SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBW2E6N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Members and supporters of the LGBT+ community in India's eastern Kolkata city came out on the streets in large numbers to take part in a pride parade to condemn the discrimination they face and promote inclusivity on Saturday (December 28).
Carrying rainbow flags, posters, and placards participants marched and danced and cheered their way through the pride parade to give out a message of friendship with the society.
"If the society does not accept you then we will accept you. These people (members of LGBT community) are not different; they are not aliens and have not come from different planet. These people are one of us; they live among us and are common people," said a participant Bodhisatta Ghosh.
Gay sex is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India, and while it no longer carries the previous punishment of up to 10 years in prison, other rights like gay marriage are likely to prove elusive.
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