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Queer Games ‘Sports as Pride’ pitches for LGBTQ+ rights

Queer Games 2022 was held under the theme ‘Sports as Pride’ at Play7 football turf, Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi on Monday.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 13 Jun 2022, 6:03 pm

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The 5th edition of Queer Games under the theme ‘Sports as Pride’ was organised at Play7 football turf, Kwakeithel Mayaikoibi on Monday, to promote the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities and as a movement to reduce social stigma against them.

The programme was sponsored by Fast and Up in association with Ya_All and Randstad along with High Commission of Canada in India and powered by AbInBev.

Counsellor and head advocacy programme, High Commission of Canada in India Colin Shonk as chief guest of the function announced that the High Commission came to extend support to the queer games of Ya_All.

The commission has been promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities across India which is also a part of the protection of human rights, he said.


According to Canada’s perspective, everyone is equal and everyone should live their lives free from discrimination, and this is the philosophy behind the support being extended to the queer games.

The basic rights of the community could be supported through sports and economic opportunity, so that they could live their normal lives in society, said Shonk.

Ya_All founder Sadam Hanjabam said the queer games was organised in local level during the Yaoshang festival. With increase in participation, they began to organise the event at a national level, he mentioned.

“The queer games were started with a vision to reduce the social stigma of LGBTQ in the society. As sports is a platform where every individuals are accepted, Ya_All started the queer games event which is taken as a safe space for the community,” he added.

Compared to previous years, the participation in the queer games has been increasing as even friends and family members of the players are coming to show their support to the individuals of the community as they take part at the event.

The individuals are more comfortable in the queer games as the competition is being held among the community, he added.  


As a non-governmental organisation inclusive of youths and LGBTQ, Ya_All is trying to spread awareness to the society through sports.

Sadam further said June month is being celebrated as the ‘Pride Month’ and the queer games is also organised in the month of June.

Ya_All has ‘pre-launched’ a shelter home at Khurai Chairenthong, Imphal East exclusively for LGBTQ+ on the same day, he said. The proper launch of the shelter home will be held later, he added.  

Sadam said that free accommodation for around one-two months will be provided to individuals who are discriminated against by their respective families. During their stay, legal support, counselling regarding mental health, skill building will be given, he added.

A tree plantation drive was conducted at Ya_All shelter home at Khurai Chairenthong as a part of the programme, he said. 


First published:13 Jun 2022, 6:03 pm


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