NEW DELHI— Same-sex marriage in India maybe illegal but dancing isn't. Amidst lots of Bollywood-style dancing, a group of youngsters Delhi organised the first queer flash-mob for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and performed to a packed audience on Sunday morning at Connaught Place at Raahgiri.
The initiative was decided on a whim, when a few members of a queer collective in Delhi, called Harmless Hugs, gathered a bunch of youngsters for the flash mob.
According to a Hindustan Times report, around two dozen young people, none of them professional dancers, converged from all parts of the city to advocate for the rights of people.
They practiced for eight hours every week to make sure the event was a success.
“We didn’t want to make a grim deal out of LGBTQ activism and (just wanted to) keep it fun, Bollywood and about dancing. It is a heartfelt effort to reach out to the community. We need straight allies, we need the support that we can get, and more than anything else, we primarily just need our freedom." said Harsh Aggarwal, one of the organisers.
Getting permission from the police wasn't easy but the participants say they received support from the Aam Aadmi Party.
Organiser Vinay Kumar hoped that AAP and other political parties offer support.
"If loving someone is a crime, then the entire world is criminal. We sincerely hope that the world listens and pays heed to an outcry for equality, liberty and fraternity," he added.
We hope the same too.
WATCH the video of the flash mob here: