|(l) Opening media conference of “Rainbow Pride Week 2005” on June 20, 2005 at Park Palace Hotel, Calcutta. A variety of events were organized between June 20 and 26, 2005 by SAATHII Calcutta in collaboration with Integration Society, Calcutta, Amitié, Chandannagar and Swikriti, Calcutta to observe the Stonewall Riots Day. The riots, a landmark event that took place on June 27, 1969, in New York, USA, were a mark of protest by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people against police harassment that was a daily feature of their lives in those days. The riots sparked off what can be said to be the modern movement for LGBT rights in the West. The Indian LGBT movement that took its first steps in the early 1990s also draws moral strength from the Stonewall Riots event.
The “Rainbow Pride Week 2005” included film screenings and awards as part of the “Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival 2005”, music video and poetry audio launches, television series previews and panel discussions. It also included a planning meeting of a national network of voluntary agencies working with LGBT people – India Network For Sexual Minorities or INFOSEM. A support forum for “significant others” of LGBT people was also initiated. The week concluded with its most visible and boldest event, a solidarity march titled “Rainbow Pride Walk 2005”.
In the picture (from left to right): Rafiquel Haque Dowjah of Integration Society, Pawan Dhall from SAATHII Calcutta, Anis Ray Chaudhuri from Amitié and Rajarshi Chakrabarty from Swikriti. Picture: Anupam Hazra.
For details of the background to the “Rainbow Pride Week 2005” and schedule of the week's events, please see the opening day invitation text.