Annual Gay Pride march in Indian capital

1. Tilt up from drums to drummer wearing mask
2. Participants dancing
3. Tilt up from legs to two participants dancing
4. Various of dancing
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Poorva Rajaram, Journalist, parade participant:
“My focus is always on the actual event and basically how fun-filled and boisterous and crazy it can be. Because even that’s a kind of coming out, right? You come here to party and it’s not a closet party. It’s a party on the streets. How loud can we be? How many people can we get thinking who cross the road? How many people do we talk to who just come up and are curious?”
6. Girl blowing kisses
7. Pan from photographer to participants with masks carrying a placard reading (English) “I have cried, I have died, not anymore.”
8. Mid of one participant tying mask onto another
9. Tilt up from placard to participants posing for photo
10. Participant wearing pink feather boa posing
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sunil Gupta, Photographer, parade participant:
“It kind of enables people on both sides because some people on the margins may be more visible, like hijras, because they have nothing to lose or something. On the other hand, people who are more privileged might feel more empowered to come and then also, it creates a sort of more visible links.”
12. Participants waving a huge rainbow banner
13. Various of participants dancing under the banner
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nancy Nicol, Tourist from Canada, parade participant:
“Like many other gay pride parades, this is about celebrating peoples’ right to be open, to be who they are, to live freely and without fear of prejudice and discrimination and that’s the spirit of pride everywhere.”
15. Wide of women with placards
16. Wide of placard reading (English) “Have the heart to respect hearts”
17. Wide of participants dancing
18. Wide of parade
19. Mid of fashion designer Manish Arora (in orange top) hugging an activist
20. Low angle of participants marching
21. Participant blowing a kiss at the camera
Hundreds of participants from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities marched through central Delhi on Sunday to celebrate India’s annual Gay Pride march.
Participants came out on the streets wearing masks, holding placards and dancing to drumbeats in a huge street party.
Participants also demanded an end to discrimination and violence against the gay community.
“This is about celebrating peoples’ right to be open, to be who they are, to live freely and without fear of prejudice and discrimination and that’s the spirit of pride everywhere,” said Nancy Nicol, a Canadian tourist taking part in the parade.
In spite of a Delhi High Court ruling in 2009 that struck down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that made sex between people of the same gender punishable by up to 10 years in prison, harassment of the gay community continues.
That ruling has since been challenged in the Supreme Court of India which is yet to give its decision on the matter.
The gay community in India face a long battle to gain acceptance, social and legal, in a deeply conservative country where even heterosexual sex is talked about in hushed tones.
However, homosexuality is slowly gaining acceptance in some parts of India, especially in its big cities.
Many bars have gay nights, and some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues.
This was the fourth gay pride parade in Delhi. Such parades have taken place in other Indian cities too.

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