QUEER VOICES
10/07/2013 04:44 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

India's Gujarat State Holds First Gay Pride Parade

In a milestone moment for the Indian state of Gujarat, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents filled the streets for the area's first-ever gay pride parade last weekend.

More than 100 citizens came out for the event "bearing rainbow flags and banners and dancing to traditional music." Many participants wore scarves and masks in an effort to protect their identity, The Telegraph is reporting.

While being LGBT is still a polarizing and controversial issue in this conservative country, small victories are contributing to the increased validation of queer lifestyles in India.

With the decriminalization of same-sex relationships in 2009 and gay pride parades a staple in other parts of the country, LGBT Indians are slowly being folded into the country's social and political fabric.

Check out the video above to witness this groundbreaking moment for LGBT individuals living in Gujarat.

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