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This Pride Month Change Your Nazariya Founded by two Delhi University students, Nazariya's goal is to create a safe space for all LGBTQ identifying students in Delhi

EVERY YEAR, June is celebrated as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride (LGBTQ) month to honour the 1969 Stonewall Riots for Gay Liberation in Manhattan. The movement gave rise to the notion of Pride, which stands for celebrating sexual diversity and fighting against discrimination and injustice.

The latest to join this movement for LGBTQ rights is an independent grassroots alliance run by students of Delhi University.

Nazariya was founded by Ruth Chawnghtu and Shruti Appalla from Kamala Nehru College and its primary goal is to create a safe space for all LGBTQ identifying students in Delhi.

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, introduced in the British era, criminalises sexual intercourse that is against the “order of nature”.  The archaic law criminalises gay sex and activists say that this law has been repeatedly used to harass and intimidate the members of the LGBTQ community. And they argue that this law is a major setback for human rights in India.

Nazariya aims to fight for the normalisation of LGBTQ identities in order to make them more visible, and also to make the LGBTQ movement more intersectional to include the diverse youth.

The Nazariya team uses social media to educate the youth about the LGBTQ community, sex education and gender rights. Nazariya is also on the forefront of organising debates, discussions and peaceful rallies to propagate their ‘gaygenda’.

Started in 2017 with the ideals of feminism, LGBTQ and minority rights, student rights, freedom of expression and the annihilation of the status quo, Nazariya as a community has grown into an active part of the Delhi student circuit.

Their credo makes it clear:  They’re Queer, and they’re here.

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