‘Love makes a family’ goes their slogan. Taking inspiration from their motto, city-based Queerythm’s third version of its Pride Walk at the moment goals to “grow beyond the individual and to the heart of the family” at the same time as, perceptibly, there’s been a higher consciousness about the “lives and loves” of the LGBTIQ community in the society.
With a plethora of cultural occasions lined up, the annual jamboree by transpersons, spearheaded by Queerythm that works in direction of the welfare of the LGBTIQ community, guarantees to paint the city in rainbow hues.
“Post the historic Article 377 verdict, more people have been coming out. However, we still have a long way to go with regard to family acceptance for many, one reason why this year’s Pride Walk 2020 is more inclusive, with families too invited to be a part to bring about a larger change,” says Prijith P Ok, president of Queerythm.
With banners and placards in assist of the community, the Walk commences from Ayyankali Hall (previously VJT Hall), all the method to the day’s cultural stage at Manaveeyam Veedhi. The march options flash mobs and quick dance performances highlighting “queer love.”
This yr’s celebrations concentrate on the catchphrase “Adding more colours to life”, and Prijith factors out that the cultural programmes have been drawn in line with this theme to “cover the broad spectrum.”
Perhaps, the centrepiece might be a solo theatre efficiency in Tamil, Vellai Mozhi, by Bengaluru-based author and transgender activist A Revathi, encapsulating “her journey of struggle towards success.” The manufacturing encompasses a poem by transgender activist Kalki Subramanian and is directed by Tamil theatreperson A Mangai. ‘Neev on Heels’ units the ramp on hearth with a vogue present. “The specially choreographed ramp walk aims at exhibiting the diversity of gender,” says Prijith.
Other programmes embody a DJ session by DJ Mr. Pete and solo dance and music performances.
Jithin Lal, choreographer of the vogue present, says the costume design has been conceptualised in accordance with “rainbow” color theme. “The ramp walk features 13 models, all members from the community, who will be accoutred in various outfits such as colour-coded gowns, tops, shirts and trousers to signify their respective sexual and gender identity,” provides Jithin, a vogue design pupil in the metropolis.
Prijith says the cultural programmes are additionally meant as a platform to carry extra members of the community to the fore and “showcase the talents of queer individuals who otherwise lack a venue.” The day will function a launchpad for a assist group for folks who’ve proven acceptance in direction of their wards popping out. “The idea is to help these parents motivate others as well for a more progressive approach collectively,” provides Prijith.
Baby Latha, mom of a younger transperson from the metropolis who has come out, might be talking about her life as the mum or dad of a queer particular person and the change in her mindset. “There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about transpeople. Often, it’s a source of apprehension for the person itself when self-perceptions about their true gender identity start emerging. When my son, who’s 17 now, was coming out three years ago, none of us had the knowledge or world-view to truly understand what was happening. But with the help of professionals, we came to terms with his gender orientation and choices. The support group we form aims at sensitising other parents as well who may otherwise inadvertently harm their wards either due to ignorance or reluctance,” says Baby.
A subsidiary unit of Queerythm, which was launched in 2017, might be placing up stalls for the sale of its ecofriendly merchandise akin to material baggage, badges with quotes in assist of the community, caps and so forth. Also on show at the venue might be cloth-based installations performed by members of Queerythm. “As in the previous edition, the Walk will be conducted in line with the green protocol and all the materials to be used during the event will be eco-friendly,” provides Prijith.
Queerythm’s Pride Walk 2020 begins from Ayyankali Hall at four pm. Cultural programmes might be held at Manaveeyam Veedhi thereafter. Contact: 9747811406