(Delhi, India) – The global dating, traveling and networking app SCRUFF has just released a dynamic new video of Delhi’s LGBTQIA community at the very first DELHI BIKE PRIDE – the first of its kind for both city and country. July 2 is recognized as an important date for the LGBTQIA community in that region, as it is the day that the High Court of Delhi struck down Section 377 in 2009. India’s Supreme Court reversed the decision in 2013, but the date of July 2 remains a day of victory for the LGBTQIA community.
To celebrate this day, riders representing a wide variety of backgrounds stepped out of their homes to meet at 6:30 AM on the rainy Sunday morning. Despite being completely drenched, riders were not deterred – no one at the Bike Pride was ready to let the weather stand in the way of their fight for equality!
While many allies – both men and women – were riding, a number of community members became the pillion members, which served as a metaphor of the support allies provide to the community to advance LGBTQIA rights.
The march started from Lakshman Dhaba near IIFT where Harsh Agarwal, Yashwinder Singh and Gautam Yadav explained further the importance of this date and what it means for our community. The march ended at Hauz Khas Village where the participants marched in circles and flew rainbow balloons in the sky while some of them stood with posters and banners with messages of equality, diversity and calling for an end of discrimination against the LGBTQIA community.
The participants were happy and excited to be a part of this Bike Pride. One of the participants who identifies as gay said, “It is good to see such new events coming up to raise our voice against the inequality, discrimination and bullying that we have to live with. Hope that this sends a strong message in the society that the LGBTQIA community exists and demands its rights.”
SCRUFF Founder and CEO, Eric Silverberg says: “On behalf of SCRUFF, I’d like to thank all participants that joined the First Delhi Bike Pride as we commemorated a day of victory for the LGBTQIA community when Section 377 IPC was read down on July 2, 2009. Although the Supreme Court of India reversed that decision in 2013, this day continues to serve as a reminder that our community’s rights are worth fighting for, and SCRUFF supports initiatives that aim to advance equal LGBTQIA rights in India.”
Abhishek Saini, Co-founder of THOSE IN NEED says: “We are happy and thankful that the participants from the community and the allies came out while it rained heavily. The determination of the participants is worth to applaud for and that was something that made this landmark event possible. Hoping for more such collaborations between the LGBTQIA community and the allies for the struggle of equality to take a step ahead.”
A number of Delhi’s LGBTQIA organizations came in support of the event and joined for the march including local LGBT organizations Humsafar Trust, TWEET Foundation, Indian Aces, Youth LEAD, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Adhikaar India, Love Matters & Sangini. Well-known biker’s groups also participated in the event including Bikerni, Women’s International Motorcycle Association, Full Throttle, Bikers Paradise, REBC, ROB, Parindey, Turbo Xtreme, Youth Riderz Club and United Spartan Bikers all of which lended support.
SCRUFF is a global dating, traveling and social networking app for men looking to meet other men. SCRUFF is a socially responsible organization and aims to work with local communities and organizations to help advance gay rights. Having experienced exponential growth in India, SCRUFF has supported film festivals, prides, community events and organized flashmob with the aim to engage the Indian LGBTQ community. www.facebook.com/SCRUFF
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