Queer pride march put off to October

Part of the money collected for the event will be donated to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.

Thiruvananthapuram: There were just two days to go for Kerala’s pride event ‘Queer Pride Kerala’, when it was postponed to October in view of the disastrous rains pounding Northern Kerala. Part of the money they collected for the event will be donated to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The organisers, in their social media message, offered unconditional apologies to everyone who had made travel plans to attend the event in Thrissur on Thursday and Friday. “The queer pride is important. But now, so many are suffering. In these circumstances, we decided not to conduct a celebratory rally,” says Deepa Vasudevan, founder-member, Queer Pride Kerala.

IMD has predicted that the rains will continue till Saturday.“There is no respite from the rains, and over the next few days travelling to Thrissur would have been difficult. Even the march would have to be conducted in the rains. Still, there are many who might be ready to brave even the rains. However we decided to cancel the event, as it is a major calamity. There are community members among the ones who are affected by the flood,” says Faisal Faisu, founder member, Queer Pride Kerala.

For several days, the organising team had been discussing whether or not to postpone the meeting. “Many members of our WhatsApp group had pointed out that it would not be right to hold a pride march now,” says Chinju Aswathi, member, Queer Pride Kerala. The pride will be held in the first week of October in Thrissur.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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