Manipal Ally March sees larger turnout
Manipal: The students of School of Communication (SOC) organized an Ally March on the streets of Manipal on February 4. The procession, the second initiative of its kind, aimed to encourage people of the LGBTQ+ community to come out of the closet and display it with pride, as well as encourage the society at large to be more accepting of those who do not conform to the generic heteronormativity.
Accompanied by a few members of SOC faculty, members of The Queer and Ally Network (Q&A) and students from other colleges in Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) the March was led by SOC students. A team from the Manipal Police also lent their support by providing protection and ensuring safety for the Ally March.
The March commenced at the SOC campus at 3:45 pm and concluded near Country Inn & Suites at End Point Road about an hour later. Most of the enthusiasts donned bright colours and vibrant paint so as to support the LGBTQ+ community’s symbol – the rainbow flag. With nearly 200 people, the March comprised of quirky posters in support of the LGBTQ+ ccommunity. The marchers also shouted slogans declaring their support for the movement throughout the March.
At the end, Shagun Nevatia, a Q&A member briefed the gathering about the current status of the laws pertaining to LGBTQ+ community and also shared Q&A’s work in the past year. Saurabh Bodas, one of the co-founders of Q&A said, “The Ally March gives us a voice to speak out and a public platform to reach out to many people. It’s definitely helping the community, since the crowd has expanded since last time.” A few other supporters too shared their experiences of the March.
Edited by Sruti Srinivasan
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