Sunday, July 25, 2010

Queer pride keralam - English Media

LGBT people stage Queer Pride Parade, The Hindu, THRISSUR, July 3 2010

"Members of alternative sexuality groups from various States took out a ‘Queer Pride Parade' here on Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of the Delhi High Court's landmark verdict which decriminalised homosexuality.

About 500 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people participated in the rally in an attempt to assert their rightful space in society...."

Freedom in God’s own country, New Indian Express, July 24 2010

" Lesbians and bisexuals and transgendered people claiming the streets, pushing the mainstream to the margins for once. Cars slow down, bus drivers for once don’t race through the streets. Everyone stops to stare. Life stood still for a few hours as we marched. The sheer exhilaration of taking centrestage, the defiance in the air lifting our spirits to new highs. The heteronormative gaze challenged by this colourful spectacle. .........."

Gay pride, fanaticism queer the pitch in Kerala, Times of India, July 5 2010

"Last Wednesday, lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transgenders marched along the main thoroughfare in Thrissur, Kerala's cultural capital, in what was the most publicised queer pride the state has seen since the Delhi high court decriminalising homosexuality last year.........."

Kerala Celebrates One Year Of Gay Freedom, Yentha, July 2 2010

"It is one year since the Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality has come into effect. Activists in Kerala have decided to celebrate the occasion by conducting what is known as a Queer Pride, in Thrissur..........."

Kerala to host its first gay parade, Times of India, July 1 2010

"Kerala's first "Queer Pride" parade will march through Thrissur on July 2. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders will participate to demand that they be treated as normal people. Activists of sexual minority groups are hopeful the event will "improve awareness about them and get better acceptance"............"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Solidarity to queerpride from NDM (New Democratic Movement)

"Great Salute!

As a democratic movement upholds identity politics Nava Janadhipatya
Prsthanam (New Democratic Movement- *NDM*) salutes Queerpride 2010.
Queerpride 2010 has political importance in the context of debate on *swathwa
rashtriyam *(Identity politics).* *

Celebrate the pride of identity with pride!

Great salute to you!"

*Organizing Committee Nava Janadhipatya Prasthanam*

Sunny M Kapikkad(Chairman)- mob:9847036356, K.K. Kochu 9388558534,
K Sunilkumar-9847072664, Sasikumar Kizhakkedam- 9961435863

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Queer-Pride Keralam 2010

Keralam is celebrating its first Queer Pride at Thrissur on July 2nd. Queer Pride is celebrated around the world by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their supporters. Queer Pride is a celebration. It is about loving who we are, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, hijra or straight and affirming every-one's right to be respected.

July 2nd of 2009 is the day when the Delhi High court decriminalized homosexuality by rereading section 377 of Indian Penal code. We celebrate pride on this day as we see the judgment as a historical moment in the lives of queer people.

The Pride Parade
Venue: Regional theatre, Thrissur
Starts at 4.00 PM Friday 2nd July, 2010

We'll gather at the regional theatre at 4.00 pm. The Parade starts at 5:00 and will come back to the regional theater.

Public Meeting and Performance
Venue: Regional theatre, Thrissur
6.00 pm

• We celebrate the love that was decriminalized by Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar of Delhi High Court in the historic Naz Foundation verdict of July 2, 2009.

• We call upon the Supreme Court to uphold the judgment in its entirety and secure the fundamental rights of India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to live a life of dignity, equality and free expression.

• We lament the loss of Prof. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras and countless other citizens and call for an immediate end to violence, harassment, and persecution of LGBT people by educational institutions, employers, law enforcement, religious institutions and the general public. Too many lives have been lost to irrational fear and hate.

• We request that hijras and other trans-genders be recorded in the 2011 national census in the category corresponding to their gender of choice and not be limited by the currently available binary choices of ‘male’ and ‘female’.

• We seek affordable and appropriate health-care for all and condemn unscientific and unethical attempts by some in the medical and mental health professions to change sexual orientation through drugs, electric-shock therapy, and other means.

• We ask that our families value our desires as natural and normal, allow us the freedom to choose our expression in terms of attire, romantic and life partners and not to force us into heterosexual marriages against our wishes.

• We appeal to the media to be fair, inclusive, and responsible in telling our stories. And not to perpetuate stereotypes, myths and misinformation about our lives. And not to make us invisible or trivialize us or our issues.

Queer pride keralam is organized by individuals and organizations. To get in touch with us write to: Also: