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In India, LGBT community celebrates at Delhi Queer Pride Parade

NEW DELHI, India -- Amidst the humdrum of the city, around 500 people -- all clad in multicoloured robes, turbans and flags -- came together to demand equality for the LGBT community at the 4th Delhi Queer Pride Parade on Sunday. The parade witnessed great cheering and sloganeering from the members of LGBT community, who have been fighting towards greater social recognition, despite the scrapping of Article 377.

"This parade is a celebration of the courage it took for me to come out to my family and friends. We are generally discriminated against by society, but this is a platform where all of us have come together to celebrate our different orientations," said Kunal Talwar (name changed), who had come from Gurgaon to participate in the parade.

Participants included not only queer people, but also those who have actively been working for their upliftment as well as several foreigners who came to show their support.

The Delhi Queer Pride Community put forth several demands, including ending violence against LGBT community members doled out by the police and families. They also demanded an anti-discrimination law to address gender identity issues and the end of discrimination against the community in educational institutes, hospitals and work places.

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