1. In December, India’s Supreme Court upheld Section 377 of the constitution, a law which criminalizes sodomy.
2. Two months later, nearly 5,000 people gathered for the 7th annual Pride March in Mumbai – the biggest turnout in Mumbai’s history.
3. The “Queer Azaadi March” ( Azaadi is Hindi for “freedom”) was held on Sunday.
5. Every year, participants gather at August Kranti Maidan…
6. … and march to Chaupati, a public beach.
7. Harish Iyer, a prominent activist, stated, “[Section 377] takes away my right to dignity, my right to privacy – it makes me feel like a criminal in my own country.”
9. “I am an Indian, queer and proud, and this is how I’m going to reflect that,” stated one woman.
12. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender rights activist, spoke to the crowd.
14. “Ideally, the march is about taking pride in what you are. But this year’s upsurge in numbers is a reflection of the community’s anger and hurt over being recriminalized,” said gay rights pioneer Ashok Row Kavi.
15. “If courts think they can brush us off and treat us like sub-humans they need to see how they have ended up giving the movement a shot in the arm instead.”
Photographs provided by Artist At Work Productions were taken by Priyesha Nair, Megha Agarwal and Janhavi Asthana.