Pride marches across the world have become important events for the show of strength and solidarity of the queer community. Prides are platforms for protests, for voicing out against oppression, and calling for an equal society. Recent years, Pride marches have embraced the idea of intersectionality – an idea that talks about equality beyond the lines of gender and sexuality. When we call for freedom and equality on the lines of gender/sexuality, we ought to recognize the call for equality on the lines of caste, class, region, religion and other divides or inequalities that exist today in the country/society.
Apart from incorporating these intersectional groups, Namma Pride 2016 (Bangalore Pride 2016), had stepped ahead and became India’s first pride to be made accessible to persons with disability. The team is continuing to show its solidarity towards all interectional groups, in this year’s Namma Pride ’17 as well.
WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE PRIDE ACCESSIBLE?
While queer prides should also call out inequities in the society that exist for people with disability from a political and equal rights stand point. there are four more arguments that make the case stronger:
- Intersections: queer and disabled: The intersections are largely unspoken; hence the society looks at persons with disability as largely asexual beings. So, for a person with intersectionality to have explored their sexual identity, openly come out and say that they do not fall in the mainstream heterosexual cis-gender category is pretty uncommon
- Shades of similarity between both communities: Persons who have worked closely with both queer and disability communities know that there are striking similarities between the two. The problems of inequity that plague both the communities today are also similar. The coming together of both communities adds more strength to the movement of inclusion.
- Accessibility is good for everyone: Making Pride accessible for persons with disability has ensured that senior citizens, children, and people who just need a place to sit during the march can also participate. It has helped in reaching out to a larger audience, and enable participation of more individuals, as parents, friends, and colleagues can participate despite their age, and physical abilities they may have. Further, despite the greater visibility of young people in public LGBTQ+ community events, many members of the community are aging as well, and this opens doors to them
Caveat: The core message of Queer Pride is the need for recognition and inclusion of people of diverse genders and sexualities. Making Pride disability-accessible does not detract from this message. Rather, by making Pride accessible, you affirm your commitment to include other groups, and your recognition of the intersectional nature of oppressions and identities.
HOW DO YOU MAKE PRIDE ACCESSIBLE?
Following are few points to make Pride accessible
- Venues chosen for events should have less steps. Videos having a sign language interpreter or subtitles will ensure that one can read, hence aid to more accessibility.
- Having a footnote indicating the accessibility of event in all your communication.The communication should be kept simple and the website/app accessible for persons with visual impairment.
- Partnering with an accessible cab service provider
- Having Sign language interpretation, subtitles and basic friendliness for persons with hearing and speech impairment
- Having volunteers to each individual with visual impairment
For more guidelines , please follow the link provided below