HerCampus organises Love Wins, an open mic for the LGBTQ+2 min read
MANIPAL: HerCampus Manipal, in association with The Music and Fine Arts Club (M.A.F.I.A) conducted Love Wins, an open mic event at Food Court 1, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) campus on February 8. It was held to proclaim solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
HerCampus is an online magazine for female college students. In order to reiterate its purpose and beliefs, HerCampus held Love Wins, where members of the LGBTQ+ community ‘came out’ and celebrated themselves by speaking and reciting poems to their audience. They shared their personal stories of realisation and their struggle of living in a society that still holds stigmas about them.
The event started almost an hour later than planned due to technical sound issues. Although the crowd turnout was lesser than expected, the event was still conducted in high spirits.
Nandini Prooti, Social Media Head of HerCampus said, “Something as beautiful as pride in a place like Manipal is necessary. We know that Article 19 (annual media event of Manipal Institute of Communication) had conducted a march once, but that’s all I have heard about. It’s a beautiful thing which is full of love and affection.” The event created an atmosphere of love and safety by singing various motivational songs that left the audience captivated.
When asked about the barriers they faced in organising an event like this, she explained, “We did (face problems in organising), in the beginning, to be honest. But I am still very proud of the organising committee. They managed to pull off a great vibe here. Even though there was an issue with the speakers, in the beginning, I screamed my lungs out anyway.”
“Even I performed and all of us worked hard to make this an amazing event,” said Soumya Bahuguna, first year, MIT.
Abhay Rajeev, first year, MIT, believed that in a country where LGBT rights still have a long way to go, platforms like these embrace the community and provide acceptance.
Featured Image Courtesy: Aradhika Jain
Edited by: Disha Acharya