The optimists among them good-naturedly called it an opportunity to discover new parts of the city, and be discovered in turn, but the cynics called out the 5th edition of the Chennai Rainbow Pride March for what it was - a low-visibility affair.
Recently, transgender activist Anil Sadanandan, also known as Mariya, was murdered in Kerala. Fellow activists say it was a hate crime. Two years ago, trans-woman Sowmiya from Chennai committed suicide. Unable to complete her education, she had turned to sex work and begging to eke out a living and was dependent on alcohol. Short documentaries on the lives of Sowmiya and Mariya will be screened at Colors of Sexuality: Chennai Queer Film Festival 2012 to be held from June 1 to 17.