Bhubaneswar, March 22 (LocalWire): HIV remains a major public health concern as no vaccine or cure has been found yet for the disease. It also has a huge effect on the LGBTQ community as the percentage of gay, bisexuals and even transgenders living with this disease is much higher than others.
After the decriminalization of homosexuality by the Supreme Court and calling the 156-year old manifestation tyrannical and rationalizing section 377 brought a new ray of hope for the community across the country. This showed that with time, perceptions were changing.
To address the need of the hour, the government sought the help of the LGBTQ community to help prevent HIV/AIDS. Odisha government, too, made them state partners to help combat the disease.
Organisations like Parichay collective, which gives a unique space to LGBT community in its organisation, NGO Sakha which is run by Meera Parida, works for this trans community along with NGO Saathi which works for the prevention of HIV AIDS. It was a matter of pride for the temple city, when these organisations came together to hosti the very first ‘Pride parade’, which was held on 1 September, 2018.
In January 2019, Odisha witnessed its first gay marriage in a Kendrapara village where Sabitri Pardia married Monalisa Nayak. This promised a better tomorrow and also raised awareness standards in remote places of Odisha.
According to the Bhubaneswar Pride team, social media is a huge platform to make the students and youth of the city aware, because at the end of the day basic human rights is celebrated regardless of sexual orientation or gender.