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7 February 2017

Photo Series : Gay Pride March, Mumbai’17

This was my first Gay Pride March and I was a little excited to shoot the LGBT community . I was expecting a small gathering of around 100 people but what was in utter shock when the turnout of the march came to be more than 2000 people . Here are a few of my shots with the narrative behind them.

The LGBT March was organized by the www.gaypridebombay.org

Photos and words by ©Archit Rege

~ A huge crowd of 1000 people engulfs the Grant Road Bridge as the march begins ~

~ The March saw people coming out and encouraging others to come out with their sexuality to their loved ones. A satin multi-color flag was unfurled and waved with the help of many people. ~

 

~ The view from under the LGBT flag ~

As I was covering the parade from the front, I went and crossed the road and waited at a signal next to a standing Cop. Suddenly a Biker comes and cuts past me and the police officer stops him, The guy replied to let him go as he was late for a meeting, these gay people will take a lot of time. To my surprise, the cop looked at him and said, ‘so what? They are people too, they work too’ and glared back at the biker. He made it clear if he tried to get past him, he will take his license. For me, that was one of the biggest moment of the walk for if a police officer can understand and support someone’s sexuality then why not the Government? The Nation shouldn’t be far behind, after all, the government appoints the police.

~ Sushant Divgikar (centre), Mr Gay India 2014, accompanied by his friends. ~

~ A gay couple proudly display their relationship and support for the LGBT community ~

~ A man holds a signs to show how support for the legal marriage law contradicts our right to equality and freedom even though India has been independent for over 70 years. ~

~ A guy holds the LGBT flag with pride ~

~ Mothers come out to support equality in their initiative called ‘Mother’s for Equality’ and hold signs to support their child irrespective of their sexuality. ~

~ College students joined for equality for doctors. ~

~ A proud father joined the walk to support his son’s sexuality ~

~ A guy wears an angel costume to the gay march ~

~ A cop stalls the traffic on one side and awaited the gay brigade as they started the LGBT march towards Grant Road Station ~

~ Three guys pose with bold costumes and pose for a quick capture. ~

Photos and words by ©Archit Rege

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