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Queer Pride Keralam On 2nd July

29 June, 2010

Keralam is celebrating its first Queer Pride at Thrissur on July 2nd.
Queer Pride is celebrated around the world by lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender people and their supporters. Queer Pride is a celebration.
It is about loving who we are, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, hijra or straight and affirming every-one's right to be
respected.

July 2nd of 2009 is the day when the Delhi High court decriminalized
homosexuality by rereading section 377 of Indian Penal code. We
celebrate pride on this day as we see the judgment as a historical
moment in the lives of queer people.

The Pride Parade
Venue: Regional theatre, Thrissur
Starts at 4.00 PM Friday 2nd July, 2010

We'll gather at the regional theatre at 4.00 pm. The Parade starts at
5:00 and will come back to the regional theater.

Public Meeting and Performance
Venue: Regional theatre, Thrissur
6.00 pm

• We celebrate the love that was decriminalized by Chief Justice A.P.
Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar of Delhi High Court in the historic Naz
Foundation verdict of July 2, 2009.

• We call upon the Supreme Court to uphold the judgment in its
entirety and secure the fundamental rights of India’s lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender citizens to live a life of dignity, equality
and free expression.

• We lament the loss of Prof. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras and countless
other citizens and call for an immediate end to violence, harassment,
and persecution of LGBT people by educational institutions, employers,
law enforcement, religious institutions and the general public. Too
many lives have been lost to irrational fear and hate.

• We request that hijras and other trans-genders be recorded in the
2011 national census in the category corresponding to their gender of
choice and not be limited by the currently available binary choices of
‘male’ and ‘female’.

• We seek affordable and appropriate health-care for all and condemn
unscientific and unethical attempts by some in the medical and mental
health professions to change sexual orientation through drugs,
electric-shock therapy, and other means.

• We ask that our families value our desires as natural and normal,
allow us the freedom to choose our expression in terms of attire,
romantic and life partners and not to force us into heterosexual
marriages against our wishes.

• We appeal to the media to be fair, inclusive, and responsible in
telling our stories. And not to perpetuate stereotypes, myths and
misinformation about our lives. And not to make us invisible or
trivialize us or our issues.

Queer pride keralam is organized by individuals and organizations.
To get in touch with us write to: queerpridekeralam@gmail.com Also:
http://www.queerpridekeralam.blogspot.com/
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