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[Photos] In Mumbai With Pride, For Pride

The LGBTQ pride march was a celebration as much as a protest.

02/02/2017 12:27 PM IST | Updated 03/02/2017 8:48 AM IST

Mumbai is a city of many faiths, of day dreamers, of night thinkers, of hard-workers, of cultured, witty, modern people who are passionate about their lives. I was invited by a local photographer to attend a march for the equal rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community organised by Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM) at August Kranti ground in South Mumbai on 28 January 2017.

The experience was different from anything I have encountered before.

Being a part of Mumbai, I do understand the kind of discriminations, social abandonment and injustice this community endures, but on this occasion, I saw a new generation of fighters, of people who are not ashamed but proud of who they are, and who want to take the struggle to the next level.

India's decision to abstain on a vote at the UN Human Rights Council on the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender person) issue sharpened the focus on this community since last year, and made it clearer than ever that the struggle to get equal rights and assert their identity must continue for a long time.

The following shots were taken during the march with my Fujifilm X100S camera.

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