Gay Pride India

Members and supporters of India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community took part in a pride parade in New Delhi Nov. 27, 2016. Hundreds of members of the LGBT community marched through the Indian capital Nov. 12, 2017 for the tenth annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India’s capital in celebration but also defiance of a nation that continues to outlaw homosexuality.

As people chanted and marched to the beat of drums during New Delhi’s 10th annual Queer Pride march Nov. 12, many said they were frustrated with the law but also hoped it would soon change.

Tish Anand wore a wig he says was inspired by the Disney Channel character Hannah Montana. He said he couldn’t understand why authorities had “criminalized love.”

Manak Matiyani, one of the organizers, said they were fighting for the rights of every Indian to live the way they choose.

Indian law makes gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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