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Amy Winehouse’s lesbian kiss picture

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Amy Winehouse kissied a woman in St. Lucia

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August 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Mumbai on Sunday, August 17 for the annual Pride parade

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Mumbai on Sunday afternoon for the country’s biggest pride march, in celebratory mood after a landmark court ruling advocating an end to a ban on homosexuality.

A riot of colours stretched the road from August Kranti Maidan to Chowpatty beach gay boys in their best summer clothes, some even wearing a traditional mundu, lesbians arm in arm with their partners, hijras in colourful finery, a transsexual donning a tiara, accompanied by a troupe of Karagattam dancers from Tamil Nadu.

The march comes after judges at the Delhi High Court last month ruled that a ban on homosexual acts, in place since British colonial times in 1860, was discriminatory and violated an individual’s rights under the constitution.

“Last year there was a sort of protest,” said Kumar Iyer, an openly gay make-up artist who was dressed as his alter-ego, drag queen “Dolly”, in a large black wig, silver mini dress, pink fishnet stockings and high heels.

“This year there’s no protest, there’s a celebration. The ball has started rolling and now it’s only going to get better,” he told AFP.

Shobha Doshi, a housewife in her 50s, stood out among the colourful wigs with a banner that read “Proud Mother of a Gay Son”. Doshi had come from Mulund, despite the fact that her son is presently living with his boyfriend in the United States. “I wanted to support not just my son, but others too,” she said adding, “A gay child faces discrimination and disapproval from society, and it it is very important that the parents tell them that they will always be there for them.”

Not just parents, gays and lesbians were accompanied by their siblings, friends and even co-workers. Actor Celina Jaitley who flagged off the annual march for the second time in a row came in memory of her gay friend who had passed away some years ago. For Colaba resident Sonu Bhora, the march was another occasion to hang out with her gay colleague and show her support.

Veteran gay activist Ashok Row Kavi set the tone right at the start of the parade. “This is for the first time in India that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community is marching not as criminals, but as citizens with equal rights.”

Vishal Rao, a graphic designer and a Mira Road resident, joined the parade along with his partner, Rohit Mohankumar. For them, the parade signified all that they have been striving for. After coming out to their respective families, they have been trying to lead a life together in a city that can be as harsh as it is welcoming. “The pride on each face gave us hope and a feeling of solidarity,” said Rao.

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August 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

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