Lucknow Had Its Very 1st LGBTIQA Parade And The Pictures Are Filling Us Up With Pride

The first ever LGBT(IQA) —Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Asexual — Pride Parade happened in Kolkata, eighteen years ago. And the turnout was not that impressive. Sadly, it took eighteen years for the Pride Parade to reach Awadh.

Lucknow had it its very first pride parade on Sunday and the turnout was massive. Not only the members of the LGBTIQA took part in the parade, but also their family members came out in support.

Darvesh Singh Yadavendra, the organiser of the Awadh Queer Pride Parade, documented the whole journey through the lens and told us,

Image Courtesy: Darvesh Singh Yadavendra

“This pride is first in Lucknow and it’s overwhelming to see such great support. The event was a huge success. This pride walk was held to celebrate the diversity of sexuality and gender and also to protest against Section 377 of Indian Penal Code.”

Pictures? Oh! The colours of the rainbow were all around and we are filled with a sense of pride. Have a dekko.

1. The turnout was really impressive and given that Lucknow is considered to be a conservative city it was a brave move.

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2. Catchy much? And, true to the T.

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3. Don’t give up!

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4. Such a powerful message in just one picture.

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5. All were in celebration mode.

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6. They danced and sang throughout the way and it was a sight of delight.

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7. We are also proud that he’s out and proud.

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8. Social media was abuzz with selfies and videos from the pride walk.

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9. Not only from Lucknow people came in from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Jaipur to show their support.

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10. Rainbow-hues all around.

 

11. This guy won our hearts.

 

12. The Pride Parade took place on Sunday, April 9.

 

13.  They walked a distance of 1.5 km.

 

14. Starting from Sikandarbagh crossing to Hazratganj’s General Post Office.

 

15. The catchy placards caught everyone’s attention.

 

16. Some were totally on point.

 

17. Some painted their faces…

 

18. Some wore rainbow-hued clothes…

 

19. Some carried the flags and donned the badges.

 

20. One never should.

Image Courtesy: Darvesh Singh Yadavendra

VIBGYOR (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red) came alive at Lucknow.

Image Courtesy: Darvesh Singh YadavendraThe QKnit