With the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India having been achieved in September 2018, this year’s Pride celebrations in Mumbai were always going to be fairly massive.
The official name of the event is Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March – Azaadi means Freedom in Hindi and Urdu – and it was held on 2 February 2019.
Organisers estimate that around 15,000 took part in this year’s Pride March.
The Pride march in Mumbai begins outside the August Kranti Maidan in Grant Road, and takes about an hour to kick off before returning back to the assembly spot. Once the march has been completed, everyone disperses and heads off to post-Pride parties.
The decision by India’s Supreme Court to decriminalise homosexuality by declaring section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional was a major step forward for the LGBTQ community, but there remains a long journey ahead towards equality. This was reflected in the Pride March – a combination of celebration but also determination that there was still more work to do.
Here’s some of our favourite photos from the day.
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Queer Azaadi Mumbai 2019 took place in the evening today and was attended by hundreds of LGBTQIA+ persons and their allies. It also saw many corporations and organisations coming out to extend their support to the community. We wish a very happy and safe Pride to all our friends in Mumbai! #PrideForAll 📸: @urnavishwas