Pyaar Ki Ek Hi Bhaasha
Mumbai Pride - Color Positive Foundation's initiative
Please read about the purpose and then fill out the petition form below.
India does not recognise registered marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples, though same-sex couples can attain rights and benefits as a live-in couple (anagolous to cohabitation) as per a Supreme Court of India judgement in August 2022)
A five-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear a batch of pleas seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages from April 18th as the matter is "constitutional in nature"
A Silent Rally has been arranged by the Color Positive Foundation asking the citizen of the country to join them to walk silently with placards asking the Supreme Court to listen to its citizens and keep us in their minds when they make a decision.
The struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community goes hand in hand with the Independence of our country. For the last 75 years, this community like many minorities in India has been struggling for the Law to listen to them. A ray of light appeared with the decriminalization of Sec #377 that came into effect about 5 years ago. Now, we turn towards the Law again, asking them to make a decision that can change the lives of the people who have dared to love for all these years despite the discrimination and hate.
We ask all of you to come and join us in the Silent Rally we have called "Pyaar Ki Ek Hi Bhaasha" and ask you to bring your friends to support us. The event will be held on 15th April, 2023, a Sunday. The people will gather from 4:00 pm and will start the walk from 5:00 pm onwards. The Silent Rally will end by 5:30 pm and citizens will be allowed to be in the premise until 6:00 pm as per the permissions that have been requested to the police. The venue details are the same as that of the Pride Parade held by Color Positive Foundation in January, which is Carter Road - starting from the opposite side of Taj Villa and will end at the Amphitheater at Carter Road.
Savio Mascarenhas, the founder of Color Positive Foundation, a registered NGO with 12A and 80G Certification, has been working for the betterment of the LGBTQIA+ community for over half a decade. Through our NGO, we have produced and directed, sensitizing theatrical plays, short-films, dance performances, skits and more for big organisations and Collectives like Queer Azaadi Mumbai, BNY Mellon, WeWork, Kitty Su Mumbai, Kashish Queer Film Festival, India HIV & AIDS Alliance, APCO, to name a few.
On the Medical front, we have tested over 600 individuals for HIV and provided support to get government aid to positive patients. We have provided low-cost PrEP to over 200 individuals and sensitized people through our social media and physical events. We continue to guide and connect individuals who need medical support and resources through a broad network we have built.
In the Pandemic, we have provided ration kits sponsored by Bollywood star and Big Boss Season 14 Winner, Ms. Rubina Dilaik ji. One month supply of food and immunity medication was provided to 300 individuals during this time. We continue to provide food to those who reach out to us and host many events supporting this cause.
We have our own Fashion Pageant that continues to be the most inclusive and one of a kind Fashion event. For over half a decade now, we have held a 3 months education platform and groomed over 250 individuals and given them a stage to be a model. The purpose of this pageant is to groom the community and make them ready for the modelling and the movie industry. Many Bollywood agents connect with us for talent-sourcing due to our connections with the LGBTQIA+ community who struggles to fit in the industry.
We held our first "Mumbai Pride Parade" in January 2023 which didn't get a lot of support, but we did it any way and had a crowd of over 2000 people at Carter Road, Bandra West, that had it's first Pride March in 3 years in the Queen City.
We are using all our resources to be the first Pride Fashion Week that brings both Straight and Allies to one stage. The process of getting there has already started. We will be the only such Fashion Week in Asia & 3rd in the world. The current pageant's information can be found on https://www.pridefashionweekindia.com . If you wish to support us, please contact us.
If you wish to donate to our causes listed above, please go to https://www.colorpositive.org/donate We are a registered organisation as mentioned above and can be found in the governments database.
JOIN OUR PETITION
Please fill in this petition to support our Rally. Your virtual support will help us to show the real number of people who want us to be free even if you cannot make it to the physical event.
Color Positive Foundation's motto has been to bridge the gap between the LGBTQIA+ community and the world. Our Pageants and all other tasks we do are the most inclusive and we make sure we do our best in the little we have.
Our Tag Line - Making the CIS-HET fit in the LGBTQIA+
It means that we want the cis-heterosexual citizens of our country to mingle and work with us so that they see our struggles and understand us even if they may be slow to accept us.