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Hyderabad Queer Carnival ends on gay note

in INDIA, 19/01/2014

Colour, culture, music, theatre, films and much zeal marked the first edition of the Hyderabad Queer Carnival. What was originally conceived as a protest against the Supreme Court’s verdict criminalising gay rights in the country, eventually turned into a celebration of LGBT rights.

Also, several parents and relatives turned up in huge numbers to cheer loved ones. A mother, who had come to watch her son read out a monologue, expressed both happiness and acceptance.

“He and many more like him are all good human beings and nothing can change that about them. I should learn to accept and protect my child first and then expect the law to protect him. Because, his personal choice is his decision,” she said.

Organised by the Hyderabad Queer Campus, the day-long carnival recorded over 500 in attendance. Decked in the rainbow-coloured flag symbolising gay rights, the venue, Lamakaan, was absolutely buzzing with activity.

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