- Workplace Pride, RELX Group and Solidarity Foundation in Bagaluru: LGBT Workplace Symposium; May 18 and 19 @ Leela Palace Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Alliance Francaise du Bengale and Varta Trust: Books, Films and Idahobit 2017; May 04 from 7:00 p.m. @ Alliance Francaise du Bengale, 57 Park Street, Park Mansions, Gate 3, Flat 15, Kolkata/Calcutta, West Bengal
- Queerythm and Humsafar Trust: IDAHOT 2017 – academic session, an exhibition of books and magazines on LGBTIQ issues and a series on history of the queer movement and a documentary screening @ Seminar Hall Science and Technology Museum, Trivandrum
- AWADH PRIDE Lucknow: Awadh Queer Flashmob; May 20 from 5:30 p.m. @ Gomti River Front, Gomti River, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. IndianTimes reports
- A conference was conducted at Trivandrum Press Club on 11th May as a part of celebrating #IDAHOT 2017 in Trivandrum, Kerala on 14th May 2017 hosted by Queerythm, a community-based organization based in Trivandrum. The event is being Funded and Supported by Project DIVA-HST, Mumbai.
- SWEEKAR: creating an open platform for LGBTQ and allies to exchange viewpoints and intermingle and discussing the Mental Health Care Bill – 2017.
On May 17, observed worldwide as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), members of the LGBTQ community in Bhopal, along with allies, held the city’s first ever Pride Parade.
Organised by Citizens Action Network, Bhopal the parade was the culmination of several events that began on May 13, including an arts exhibition, poetry sessions, and a talk by gay-rights activist Harish Iyer. The parade itself began at 5pm from Van Vihar Gate, ending 2 km away at Hotel Lakeview Ranjit, where noted trans activist Kalki Subramaniam addressed the gathering.
The folks from the Bhopal Pride’s organising committee shared photos of the event with Youth Ki Awaaz. So if you’re in the mood for some rainbow love and solidarity, scroll on!
Bhopal has joined Lucknow as a first-timer doing Pride Parades. It’s an encouraging feeling to see the LGBTQ community coming out on the streets in more and more Indian cities. And we hope it only gets bigger from here on!