Pride Month Is Here. But This Year’s Parade Has To Go Virtual | Delhi News | #bumble | #tinder | #pof | #onlinedating


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New Delhi: For many members of the LGBTQI community, stepping out of the house is the only way to be themselves, explained Anmol, their homes not being the friendliest of spaces for the visibly queer. Being locked in due to Covid-19 with people who do not accept them has left them stressed and angst-ridden. Pride Month may have come at just the right time for the community, giving members the opportunity to celebrate their identity and join in discussions with like-minded people.
A community individual revealed how they sought friendship among more accepting people, who may not necessarily share the same sexual orientation. But ensconced in the house, all they could do was go online, though that space too wasn’t free from biases or abuses. A counsellor who works with the community said that no one has ever given a thought to assisting LGBTQI people cope with the lockdown. “Due to all sorts of pressures, they will never state their trauma openly on a social platform,” the counsellor said.
Rafiul Alom Rahman, founder and executive director, The Queer Muslim Project, revealed having a partner in social media platform Instagram for the Digital Pride Festival, which will see talks, workshops, artist collaborations and discussions online. The aim of the festival, Rahman explained, is to provide engaging and meaningful conversations that don’t add to people’s anxiety. While it has been a tough time, many community conversations have moved online and he is also taking the opportunity to adopt new forms of expression to showcase queer art and highlight how queer people have been creating and collaborating.
From sticker packs and rainbow hashtags to highlighting LGBTQI expressions across timeline feeds and stories, Tara Bedi, public policy and community outreach manager, Instagram India, pointed out how the community uses online space for connection, support and community action. Amplifying the voices of immensely talented creators and activists, she assured, was part of Instagram’s journey to make the medium more inclusive.
Rahman’s own personal project is called ‘Countering queerphobia and Muslim hate, one story at a time’. He said it started with personal posts but they soon assumed an identity of their own. Most of the posts are about Muslim LGBTQI members telling their stories. He said it is a fight to counter Islamophobia and homophobia simultaneously. While it hasn’t been easy going for them, Rahman disclosed that many among his 27,000 followers have congratulated him and said his efforts have ensured they don’t feel they are alone.
As the Pride Month celebrations shift online, dating app OKCupid actively encourages community members to express themselves across 13 sexual orientations and 22 gender identities. Coworking space company WeWork India also hosted an online pride parade and an online art exhibition showcasing the work of members of the community. There are a series of sensitisation workshops, online fundraisers ad virtual shows planned throughout June.





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