by David Hudson
Originally published: August 8, 2016
Sixth annual Pune Pride walk took place yesterday; activists say many corporates wary of showing support for LGBTI rights
Representatives from tech companies IBM, Symantec and Thoughtworks took part in yesterday’s Pune Pride walk.
Their participation at the event is significant given that same-sex sexual activity in India is illegal due to Section 377 of India’s Penal Code.
Section 377 was suspended in 2009 but re-introduced in 2013: a move that local LGBTI activists believe has made big corporations more wary of speaking out in support of LGBTI rights in the country. This is despite the fact that the same corporations are a regular presence at Pride events in the US and Europe.
Yesterday’s Pune Pride walk, the sixth annual walk to take place in India’s ninth most populated city, was organized by local LGBTI-rights organization Sampathik Trust. This year’s theme was ‘LGBTI inclusivity in the workplace’.
Sampathik’s President, Bindumadhav Khire, told GSN last week that the theme was chosen to highlight the fact that so many gay, transgender and intersex people feel unable to come out at work.