Friday, August 01, 2008

South Asians Launch Bollywood Float For Vancouver Pride Parade

Amar Sangha is the founder of the gay support group, Sher Vancouver. For gays who are of South Asian heritage it can be really difficult to come out of the closet. Sangha has been busy trying to raise awareness about their participation in Vancouver's Pride parade.

CBC reports:

(Vancouver, Canada) The founder of a South Asian support group for Sikh gays and their families says it has been an uphill battle trying to raise money to enter a Bollywood theme float in this year's Vancouver Pride Parade. "Living Out Proud" is this year's theme song for the annual gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender community's parade on Sunday, and that's just what Delta resident Amar Sangha wants members of his group, Sher Vancouver, to do. "We're a new group, and we're changing a lot of ideas," said Sangha, who added that Sher Vancouver is not a religious group, but a social support group for the South Asian community. It has also been tough getting businesses in the South Asian community to sponsor the float. As part of its lobbying efforts, Sher Vancouver sent letters attached to its sponsorship requests explaining what homosexuality is. But many businesses stated that they are already committed to other charities and in the end only three chose to sponsor the group's float, said Sangha. Despite the limited support, he said, the float will be ready when the parade kicks off on Sunday. READ MORE