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Chennai Gay Pride 2009 March Halted By ‘Hump Ahead’ Road-Sign

Posted on: June 29, 2009

Foreskin Press hump ahead joke indian road sign madras chennai india chennai 1LGBT Gay Pride March Chennai 2009 Lesbian Queer Bisexual Transgendered Transexual TransvestiteHundreds of LGBT supporters gathered at the Triumph of Labour statue at the Marina Beach yesterday as a part of the Gay Pride March organized in the city of Chennai.

Thanks to the support from the current Government, a large presence of police personnel helped enliven the situation, with more numbers being exchanged than even glances.

Surprisingly, kothis, hijras and eunuchs were in much fewer numbers, and the event wasForeskin Press Pride Chennai Gay March 2009 hot uniformed men 1 dominated by mask-wearing everyday regular people. “Thank God!” was what the organizers had to say when we asked them about the low turnout of the transgendered. However, there was no down-playing the flamboyant glamor of the event, with every closet queen turning up in their best and brightest, rainbow boas, scarves, frills and more.

LGBT Gay Pride March Chennai 2009 Lesbian Queer Bisexual Transgendered Transexual TransvestiteNoted mask-designer, Paul, had specially designed face wear for himself and his friends. The masks featured beautifully hand-carved and hand painted motifs, and were bordered by bright pink feathers. When asked where he came up with the idea for the design, he said “I happened on an old and disused pink feather duster at the bottom of my mother’s cleaning cabinet.” Needless to say, the realization (that it wasn’t just the idea that came from that duster, but the materials too) swept everyone away.

LGBT Gay Pride March Chennai 2009 Lesbian Queer Bisexual Transgendered Transexual Transvestite Dog Bitch Beads FrillsThe parade saw many of man’s four-legged friends joining the voices of support. Dressed in frills and bright beads, this dog was the center of attention, with the media hounding her through the afternoon. When asked what she thought of the draconian Article 377, she said “Woof! Woof!” When we asked her what she thought of her owner who brought her out on a hot summer afternoon with nary any water or shelter in sight, she said “Woof! Woof!”

A snide remark from one the participants left everyone rolling in laughter: “The bitches are always the center of attraction!”

LGBT Gay Pride March Chennai 2009 Lesbian Queer Bisexual Transgendered Transexual TransvestiteInterestingly, there were scores of media persons crawling through the crowd, trailing wires, wares, microphones and notepads. Cameramen were seen focusing on areas of special interest, and many found it hard to control their ‘pointed’ interest in the participants. The skilled interviewers asked hard-hitting questions, much like their counterparts on TV. “Are you gay?”, asked one short bespectacled journalist of a frolicking skirted man.

Foreskin Press Pride Chennai Gay March 2009 hot uniformed menA huge brawl over the free supply of sponsored Red Bull saw queens clawing and sashes shearing, and dreams destroyed, but the organizers down-played the incident. “See how active we are? See how we’re willing to fight for what we believe is ours?”

Tired but excited parade-goers had a lot to say once they arrived at the end of the march, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India.

Media-mogul Reuben poses with a happy fan

Media-mogul Reuben poses with a happy fan

“I hope Article three-sixty-nine is enforced,” said one exhausted queen who’d appeared to have been in the sun for far too long. “Because I can’t wait to try the legal version!”

Three-seventy-seven must go,” squealed a feline male rubbing a dark bruise on his hand, “as must the bitch who stole my Red Bull!”

Pictures of the Chennai LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) Pride March and Parade 1

Pictures of the Chennai LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) Pride March and Parade 2

Pictures of the Chennai LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) Pride March and Parade 3

Pictures of the Chennai LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) Pride March and Parade 4

Pictures of the Chennai LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) Pride March and Parade 5

Pictures of the Chennai LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) Pride March and Parade 6

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4 Responses to "Chennai Gay Pride 2009 March Halted By ‘Hump Ahead’ Road-Sign"

Thanks for the cynical post. “Dreams destroyed over” Red Bull cans?! And the organizers spoke of it as fighting for the dream?! Thanks a lot for unleashing your bloggy sarcasm and “downplaying” what has a taken a lot of work and courage to put together for the first time. We are glads we at least managed to supply material for a common, reductive blogpost.

aww…

wish you’d left an email ID so you could see what i have to say for what you think is a down-playing post!

i was at the rally myself. i loved it. i arrived in time, draped the pride flag on my proud shoulders and i yelled for what it was worth. and i decided not to wear a mask. yes, a difficult decision for me. but a life-changing one!

and, i really wish you’d read the ‘about’ page. i blog the unreal, the untruth and i call it ‘unjournalism’ – it’s the exact opposite of what actually happened and what’s truly important.

why i would i provide so many links to the fantastic event and even include pix of myself in it if i didn’t approve? chill dude.

it’s a joke, and i’m sorry it was lost on you.

hope you enjoy the rest of my blog! i’d really love to have you back as a reader…

“Thank God!” was what the organizers had to say when we asked them about the low turnout of the transgendered.

Glorious transphobia. I’d like to talk to these people.

You really should read the ‘About Me’ page! Don’t take the text account here too seriously.

“smile pleez!”

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