Colourful ಕಾಮನಬಿಲ್ಲು: Tales of ನಮ್ಮ Pride with Yash

13015160_1735442790046892_4074493512070631080_nIn 2013, I was introduced to many LGBTQIA+ groups in Bangalore and that was around the time that I formally began acknowledging my gender and sexuality. It took me a good two years to walk the Pride, as obviously I was scared. Scared because of the stories that float around because of ignorance and homophobia and trans phobia. I distinctly remember that my high school teacher in my hometown making a mockery of the Pride. Confused, that I was, I lived in a make-a believe-world.  

But when I walked the Pride in 2015, the feeling was that of complete acceptance, respect, and love. That feeling was transformative.

20637822_1775694352444691_1588590484859406330_n

The Pride is a celebration of diversity, inclusion of differentials, a fair of acceptance and resistance and more. We all walk happily, safely and proudly at our Pride Walk. But do we really know who will endeavour to keep us safe, organise the huge pride steps? Do we know the people who will tear themselves with a lot of tension stress responsibilities risks and work on this when we all enjoy our walk? When I met Yash I was stunned to know the stories behind this. 

15170891_1486007944746668_4977088148186133764_n

 

Yash, who is the part of CSMR Group shared his nine years of Pride Journey. From being one of the pride walkers in 2008 and then progressing to that of an organiser of Bengaluru Pride… his journey has been colourful.

Take a listen to behind the scenes moments of organizing a Pride March!

-Shilok Mukkati

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s