A Gathering with Much Difference

A ‘Free Hugs’ campaign organised by Queerala, an organisation for LGBT community in the state, witnessed the active participation of cheerful youth

Published: 01st September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2014 01:43 AM   |  A+A-

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For the yet-to-be-cosmopolitan crowd of the city, there were some ‘embarrassing’ moments on Sunday evening on the Museum premises.

Youth, men and women, gathered to take part in, perhaps, a first-of-its-kind event in the city. Jubilant and enthusiastic, they hugged each their to express their support for the sexually marginalised people. A ‘Free Hugs’ campaign organised by Queerala, an organisation for LGBT community in the state, witnessed the active participation of cheerful youth as well as members of the community themselves.

“The event was organised to spread the message of love and the need to support the people of these communities”, said Jijo Kuriakose of Queerala.

The event, though mainly was held at the ‘mandapam’ at the centre of the Museum, the participants were spread randomly in all sides of the city’s greeny leisure place. “We have already organised a similar event in Kochi and the response was great,” added Jijo Kuriakose.

The LGBT Kerala had recently opened a Facebook page and conducted a rally to highlight their rights. Similar events, they hope, would finally change the attitude of the general  public towards them.

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