All About India's Pride Collective's Pride in Mumbai.
Have you already registered for the Pride Parade in Mumbai, if not click the link below.
All you need to know.
A list of questions we have been asked... and the answers that you need to know when you go for pride in Mumbai
Who Are You?
We, Color Positive Foundation, are a registered NGO under Sec 8 and can be found in the government records. We have worked for the LGBTQIA+ since 2016 and have performed various plays, performances, fashion shows, short-films and more.
We train people to become models and also host our yearly Fashion Pageant, our next pageant’s auditions are already open. We have also helped the community get acting jobs in the Bollywood industry. We have worked with many organisations in and outside the LGBTQIA+ community. We provide free HIV testing and PrEP at low costs. We have provided free ration kits during the pandemic in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. We continue to do our best in supporting the community despite negligible support and financial aid.
When and Where is the Pride.
India's Pride Collective will host the National Pride of India on 24th June, 2023. The Pride Parade will start from the point from 3:00 pm sharp. People are asked to gather by 3.30 pm at the venue.
The route is from Azad Maidan to Oval Maidan. The map will be uploaded on our social media soon.
Why are we hosting The Pride?
This is the International Pride month (June) and the entire world is celebrating it. Why should India not? No one else has arranged for a National level Pride Parade before. This is our way to unify organisations and states across boundaries. We are looking for collaborations with every supportive organisation.
Who is a part of this collective?
For this, you need to check the official page to see who has joined our collective. We are constantly looking for support.
What is the purpose of doing this Pride?
We sought the relevant permissions and got it. That is the only task we have done. Pride is not of one particular organisation or a collective, Pride is for the people, by the people and with the people. Our only contribution to this has been to get the permissions for it.
Where will the next Pride happen?
As it is a National Pride of India with no boundaries, we want to host Prides in different cities around the country... like a torch that is passed on. The collective will decide the next city and declare it next year.
Why are you asking for donations?
The donation amount will be used for music (dhol), stage at the maidan, and performances. It will also be used for seeking permissions.
Will you have a post-pride-party?
Color Positive will host an official Pride Party. The details of the same are mentioned here. Organisations have fought over this topic in the past as to who becomes the official pride parade party organiser. People have had to compromise on where they should go or where they feel safe. In fact, organisations have used that reason to have more than one party.
We cannot say who should or should not host a party… no venue can hold the entire LGBTQIA+ crowd in one place… so whoever wants to have a party can.
Is this an official Pride?
Yes, the police have given us permission, so it has official merit. All it needs are permissions so that it can be held. And that we have acquired. So yes, it's official. Pride is not of an organisation. Pride is of the people.
Can we/I collaborate with you?
Yes, all you need is to fill out this form.
Have you arranged for all permissions?
Yes, all permissions are requested for us to have the Pride. We will inform you of the rules you need to follow in the coming days.
Can we get placards to the Pride?
Yes, you can bring Placards to the Pride. Make sure your placards are related to the community and are inclusive so everyone feels welcome.
Can I get my vehicle to the venue?
It's going to be chaotic for you to bring your vehicle and search for parking. It of course is a pride walk and the road we will walk adjacent to, does not allow parking. We cannot say if it's safe for you to leave your car unattended where many people will be walking by. It's recommended that you park elsewhere or use public transport like Uber/Ola/Taxis/Rickshaws/buses to make it to the venue and back.
What clothes do I wear?
It's June. Get experimental. Get a transparent raincoat. an umbrella at goes with your dress/costume or simple enjoy and dance while it pours and experience Mumbai.
Usually, any clothes that may depict a religion, politician, personality that may become a controversial concern should be avoided. Revealing clothes could be avoided if they are seen as obscene in public places by the law.
You can wear what you like, but have a sense of responsibility as a person who is sensitive to the surroundings.
Can I cross dress?
Honey, you can come as a drag queen, a diva, a drag king, an androgynous hottie… Pride is your Ramp. Be the best version of you, just remember to read the previous question and its answer to make sure you do not get in any trouble for being insensitive towards your brothers and sisters which includes our straight friends and allies.
Can I get my pet?
Of course, this Pride is pet-friendly. Remember to pick up after your pet, like a good citizen.
How do I travel when I cross dress, will it be safe?
This is what we have observed before. A group of friends rent a hotel-room together very near to the Pride location, get ready and come by cabs and rickshaws to the venue and back so they do not have to worry about travelling and being teased or harassed in trains and buses. Also, make sure that the hotel or accommodation you rent is also LGBTQIA+ friendly. Some people travel in trains with a group of friends who can help in such situations. We do not wish that you should be harmed in any way on your way to Pride. Please be cautious and make decisions that involve your supportive friends to travel with.
Can I use drugs or drink alcohol while at pride?
Anything illegal in the eyes of the law is prohibited at the event. Drinking in public is an offence and drugs anywhere in this country is illegal. You will be reported to the police authority for trying to be a hindrance to the event. The law states a fine and jail-term in cases where the person causes nuisance.
Can I walk away from the Pride?
We understand your concern and are most happy in ways you feel safe. You do not have to force yourself to come out. You may also wear masks if you wish. After all, it is a free country.
Why is it a short distance?
It is a 2.8 KM stretch. It is not short, we bet you... unlike our previous venue, you will walk to your hearts content.
Can I carry a banner?
Ther is a difference between a banner and a placard/poster. Yes, you can carry a placard and No, carrying any banner, promotions etc is not allowed. You cannot display any political, religious banners. You are walking for the LGBTQIA+ rights only, so right to marry, adopt, equality, social awareness is allowed. You need to write to us to get permissions to use any banner. You can write to us at email@example.com to receive an official approval. Any banner that goes against these rules, will be removed from the Parade.
For Example : You can make a poster that talks about your right as a mother of an LGBTQIA+ person.
You may carry your organisation's banner upon approval.
Can I see a map of the Pride Walk with an explanation to it?
Yes, Ofcourse, here is the information you need.
The route that we will use for India's Pride Walk will be a three thousand metres (3000 m) stretch starting from.
Azad Maiden ⬏
Hazarimal Somani Rd ↑
Mahapalika Marg ←
Metro Cinema ⬐
Chaphekar Bandhu Chowk ⤹
Kala Ghoda right turn ↲
Premla Bai Chowk right turn ↲
Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg ↓
Oval Maiden ↲ (our end point)
If there was any change in the route, you will see it here first.
Here is a map of the path.
MAP SHOWING THE PATH OF PRIDE. (Tentatively)