A Passage To India: New Delhi Holds Gay Pride Parade

On Sunday, hundreds of LGBT Indians and their allies marched through the streets of New Delhi to press for more acceptance and personal freedoms in the city’s annual Pride parade.

Demonstrators, some wearing ornate masks to hide their identities, carried rainbow flags and banners highlighting workplace protections, equal marriage and other issues. The procession ended at Jantar Mantar, where many danced and played drums.

India legalized homosexuality in 2009, but gays and lesbians still face discrimination in the South Asian nation. “Our struggle has gone on for very long, and we are hopeful the government will listen and act on our demands,” said activist Vimal Kumar, who admits the pace of change can be frustratingly slow.

Photo: Dan Allen