The Pride Anthem “Love is Love” is out, and, for India, it is the first-of-its-kind track ever. India made a big stride forward with the striking down of the part of Article 377 of the Constitution that criminalises homosexuality, and this anthem is another step toward complete freedom for people of the LGBTQ community.
The anthem features Swedish songwriter, musician and of LGBTQ organisation “Rainbow Riots” Petter Wallenberg, former Mr Gay India and singer Sushant Divgikar aka Rani Ko-He-Nur and the first transgender dancing troupe “The Dancing Queens.”
The video was shot during Queer Azadi the first legally recognised gay parade in India after the Supreme Court verdict. The video starts with Petter Wallenberg arriving in India and stating his desire to make a music album with Indian LGBTQ singers and the video takes off from there. It shows Divgikar talking about homophobia and homosexuality, and how homophobia is a foreign import.
The actual song focuses on the theme ‘love is love’, as the name suggests, and conveys that love is the same, no matter your sexuality and that everyone needs someone to love. The video shows the parade in Mumbai and the masses of people celebrating. The anthem is the first song in the album that Wallenberg is making and is a piece of art that is filled with motion and love.