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The 4th annual Bangalore Pride March was held in Bangalore city on Sunday, 27th November 2011. The march was held from Thulasi park to City Town hall and saw huge participation from members of various sexual orientations. This year the march was held as part of Bangalore Pride and Karnataka Sexual Minorities Rights festival, which was held from November 19th to 27th. Pride march is held across cities of the world as a symbol of resistance against oppression faced by Queer movement.
Last year, the queer festival had held a group exhibition titled as, ‘Body Politics.’ As part of this exhibition I had showcased images from my project In the life of Romal. This year there was no such group photography exhibition, but there were a series of events held as part of the festival, and all of them culminated in the pride march.
Visually, pride marches are always a colourful event. The attire, the flags, the banners – everything about the pride march is bright and loud. And with the march taking place in Indian streets, I believe it makes it even more colourful. Pride marches, also knows as gay parades, are definitely a feast for a street photographer.
Below, I share a portfolio of images from this year’s pride march.
A selection of these photographs are available for licensing worldwide via Demotix news agency. Organizations can buy it via Demotix or write to me to use these images.
A set of photographs from this series are available as Open-edition fine-art prints. Visit my personal gallery online at sen6 to buy them. All photographs are printed on archival-quality matte papers. The framed prints are shipped to any location across India.
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‘In the life of Romal’, is an ongoing project where I am documenting the life of my friend, Laishram Romal Michael Singh. Romal is gay. Being gay isn’t the end of his identity, isn’t it? But being gay can be enough to pass a prejudiced judgement in Indian society where homosexuality is still shunned upon.
Till recently, consensual homosexual act between two adults was a crime in India. Decriminalization of homosexuality may have marked a new era of human rights in India. But, it is still a long way before majority of the population starts treating homosexual individuals as equal in the city.
Romal is a multi faceted individual. He is religious (christian) and gay at the same time, and this fascinates me because religious institutions are most often in disagreement with homosexuality.
His identities of being gay, Christian, a Manipuri, a Tamil, a friend, a writer, and so on, are being explored in this project to go beyond stereotypes on gay community existing in Indian society.
The story takes a deviation from loud, defiant form of gay activism that is generally noticed. Even defiance can become a stereotype.