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It Was Love And #GoodVibesOnly At Lucknow’s First Ever Gay Pride Parade!

The crowds were out in a show of equality, freedom and love on Sunday as Lucknow hosted the first gay pride march in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Awadh Pride 2017. We’ve rounded up the best photos from across social media to showcase the highlights!

In a historical move, Lucknow marched for equality, justice and love with its LGBTIA community on Sunday at the first gay pride march to take place in the Uttar Pradesh state. Eighteen years after India’s first official gay pride march in Kolkata, members and supporters of the LGBTIA community once more raised their rainbow flags for the city’s Awadh Queer Pride parade marching, dancing and singing in support of the cause.

The parade saw hundreds of people gather together as they marched in solidarity along the 1.5km stretch from the Sikandarbagh crossing to the General Post Office Hazratganj. The streets were awash with colour and cheer as the procession was cheered on by local supporters.

Here are some of the parade’s best moments captured from around the world of social media:

A member of the procession paints a rainbow on his face, the popularized symbol of LGBTIA pride. Photo Credit: Facebook
“I’m a queer muslim, babes. Get over it.” This young man’s placard stole the show. Photo Credit: Facebook – Darvesh Singh Yadavendra
The march attracted over 300 people who came together in a strong sign on solidarity.  Photo Credit: Facebook – Darvesh Singh Yadavendra

 

 

People from across the community came out in support of the LGBTIA community. Photo Credit: Facebook
The march intended to take pride and celebrate one’s identity as (LGBTIA) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual.  Photo Credit: Twitter @NerdyAsians

The Freedom flag was a central fixture in the parade.  Photo Credit: Facebook

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The procession marched for 1.5km and filled the streets of Lucknow. Photo Credit: Facebook 
The parade was a colorful expression of freedom for all. Photo Credit: Facebook – Darvesh Singh Yadavendra

It was unsure as to how the parade would be received and during planning it was reported that only a handful of people were willing to take part. Judging by the photos and the reactions across social media however, the parade captured the attention of many and appeared to be a roaring success, attracting members and supporters as far as Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Jaipur.

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Lucknow is considered to be a fairly conservative city and so concerns were raised as to how locals would respond to the march

Written by Lucy Plummer

Born in London, UK, Lucy has traveled the world before falling in love with India during a 9-month backpacking trip in 2016. She's passionate about humanity, culture, food and mountains.