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(Picture Credits : Ankit Bhupatni & Siddhi Pandya)
Over 150 People Walk In Gujarat’s First Pride March

in INDIA, 08/10/2013

Following in the footsteps of other metropolises of the country, Surat became the first city from the state of Gujarat to organize a Pride march on 6th October. This pride march was organized by GLGBTPF (Gujarat LGBT Pride Festival) and supported by Foram Foundation, Baroda. Around 150 people walked the distance of 3 kms from New Civil Court to Kargil Chowk. People in attendance were not only from the Surat but also from Ahmedabad, Baroda and Mumbai, to name a few.

The march was joined by various queer community related NGOs and support groups like Humsafar Trust of Ahmedabad, Swavalambi Chuwal Mandal of Ahmedabad, Panah Foundation of Patan, Shakhya Foundation of Kalol, Yaariyan of Mumbai, Gay Bombay and several other regional and national level organizations and forums. People walked at the march holding posters with slogans written in Gujarati, Hindi and English. Some attendees also danced to the beats of dhol,  and a few even performed Garba- the traditional dance form of Gujarat- and shared their excitement and happiness with their fellow participants.

(Picture Credits : Ankit Bhupatni & Siddhi Pandya)

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