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Participants displays a rainbow flag and cheer as gay rights activists and their supporters march during a gay pride parade in New Delhi, India, Nov. 12, 2017.
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India Gay Pride Parade Shows Hope for Country Where Being Gay Is Still a Crime

The streets of New Delhi were awash in rainbow colors on Sunday as hundreds of gay rights activists marched in the 10th annual Queer Pride parade. 

The country's gay pride march is particularly noteworthy because in India, gay sex is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The law was once ruled unconcstitutional by the New Delhi's High Court, but the country's Supreme Court overturned that ruling, leaving the decision up to the country's parliament, according to the AP .

"I don't understand why they criminalized love," one protester, Tish Anand, told the AP . "Duh. They are jerks."

The march on Sunday showed the growing support for gay rights in India and the willingness of Indians to stand up for the issue. 


India-Gay-Pride-Parade-2017.jpgA participant displays a piece of cloth with colors of the rainbow as gay rights activists and their supporters march during a gay pride parade in New Delhi, India, Nov. 12, 2017.
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Indian members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in a pride parade in New Delhi on November 12, 2017. Hundreds of members of the LGBT community marched through the Indian capital for the 10th annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade.

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Indian members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in a pride parade in New Delhi on November 12, 2017.  

India-Gay-Pride-Parade-2017_02.jpgTwo participants hold hands and dance as gay rights activists and their supporters march during a gay pride parade in New Delhi, India, Nov. 12, 2017.
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An Indian supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community wearing a pollution mask hold a placard as he takes part in a pride parade in New Delhi on November 12, 2017.

India-Gay-Pride-Parade-2017_03.jpgParticipants displays a rainbow flag and cheer as gay rights activists and their supporters march during a gay pride parade in New Delhi, India, Nov. 12, 2017.
Image: AP