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Hare Krishnas Enter London's Gay Pride Parade

by BV Vaisnava Maharaja

Posted July 17, 2009

Once an astrologer told of Srila Prabhupada that "He has built a house in which the whole world could live." The mood of welcoming all persons, even of canvassing for people who would take up Krishna consciousness, without sectarianism, is the mood of Lord Nityananda and all our true acaryas who follow in His service.

Sadly this inviting, welcoming mood is not always found amongst all devotees and thereby many would-be devotees are neglected, rejected or banned due to bodily identification, which is common to us all to one degree or another.

On the 4th of July in London, England, a small group of devotees, of which I am proud to have been a part, reached out with love and compassion to distribute the nectar of the Holy Names to our fellow human beings attending the Gay Pride Parade. Not all of us there were gay by birth, like myself, and so some of our "straight" devotees felt uneasy about being there at first. They didn't want to be seen as supporting illicit sex or anything overtly unfavorable to bhakti. None of us did, really. That is why we took great comfort in the preaching mood of Lord Nityananda and our great acaryas like Srila Prabhupada who would attend many public programmes to give his divine association. Like when he attended the Mantra Rock Concert in San Francisco in 1967--not to promote LSD use, although most of the hippies there were taking it. He visited the Morningstar Nudist Commune, too--not to promote nudism, although all were quite naked. He boldly came all alone to the United States--not to promote animal slaughter and sense gratification, although most Americans were and still are doing so. He came to give the causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His eternal servants who had forgotten Him.

Likewise, humbly following in the footsteps of the Mahajanas, we few devotees who have been hurt by hateful ignorance against gay devotees decided to do something to show that God is Love, Love is God and not hate. Too many qualified and sincere LGBT devotees have been banned, committed suicide, etc. It has to stop. All jivas are eternal servants of God and only need to understand how to become favorable to Him and begin to render their devotional services to Him. Soon after we began the kirtan, officially part of the parade, we all began to relish the nectar of the Holy Names and were delighted to see the welcoming mood of the hundreds of thousands along the parade route who happily accepted 1,000 books and kilos of maha-prasadam from the hands of the few devotees who were willing to give their association.

All glories to Nama Sankirtan and all the devotees who participated and helped in any way. All glories to my Divine Spiritual Master, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, who happily blessed our humble attempt to propagate the chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord amongst the Tritiya-Prakriti or third gendered. We hope to see many more devotees there next year.