Mangalore’s Pride: Accepting differences, celebrating equality and plurality2 min read
MANGALORE: On June 23, Queer Spaces Saga, Mangalore’s first queer space, organised a pride event based on the theme of potluck at School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore.
The event saw participation from various LGTBQ+ community members and allies, from in and around the city with a turnout of almost 40 people. While waiting for more people to join the first ever pride event of Mangalore, the event got delayed by almost two hours.
Prominent human rights activist, Vidya Dinkar addressed the muster. Speaking to The Manipal Journal about the necessity of such events she said, “It is very important to have platforms where people can express themselves, especially in times like these, where more and more people are pushed into scary silence by a climate of fear. In smaller cities, such events may be a flash in the bang, but it gives the LGBTQ+ people the kind of energy to go back and comfortably widen their spaces. I hope such events grow not only in Mangalore but in the whole coastal belt of Karnataka.”
The community finds sanctum with legal backing in India with the law by its side but social stigma and orthodox perception in cities not very exposed to it are acting as a hindrance for their development. A participant of the meet anonymously said, “For the first time we conducted an LGBT meet in Mangalore. I hope all people come and support us because we have the right to live as authentically as we want to and after all, love is love.”
Jasmine Martis, founder of Queer Space Saga and a student of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, explained that the idea behind the event was to reach out and help LGBT members find a common space in the city. She addressed, “In places like Mangalore it has been years since we have seen support for this community and it was high time to create something like this. For me, it started with my story and I could do it because of the support of others but there are so many people still struggling out there.”
The diverse gathering was entertained with a rock music performance by band Blitzkrieg from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. Following lunch, volunteers shared their personal narratives in a bid to encourage a sense of belonging and solidarity with each other.
Featured Image Courtesy: Queer Spaces Saga, Mangalore
Edited by: Disha Acharya