62nd Annual India Day Parade, New York City (August 15, 2009)–
A DIASPORA CONTINUES TO GROW
India Day Parade: Shennai, Shilpa Shetty, Desi NYPD, Miss India, the club kids matching sneaks, Kingfisher, Haldiram, Jay Sean, an exuberant dance group called Aatma, striking posters of Ghandi and Nehru on floats advertising Desi tv stations, the whole nine.
Members of SALGA (the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association) and allies met at Starbucks before today’s India Day Parade to create signs amplifying the discrimination that excluded a visible contingent of Desi gays and lesbians from the march. But good times were had by all, in the heat, in the shimmer of so many cultures right at our feet. We are all Indian, including the gays. We are all New Yorkers, all night and all day.
For MORE PHOTOS on SALGA and allies protest go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/politicalpoetry/. Please do CREDIT photographer ROOPA SINGH on any photos you pull. Vande Mataram!