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Amid Pride Month, noticed in June, Instagram introduced a partnership with The Queer Muslim Project (TQMP) to have fun the second version of the Digital Pride Festival.

The competition was conceived by TQMP in 2020 to just about have fun LGBTQIA+ rights, undertake digital actions and present allyship. This time, Instagram joined fingers with the neighborhood to encourage creativity, self-care, wellbeing, and connectedness throughout the pandemic.

Two occasions on the competition can be co-presented by the British Council, which additionally showcased dedication in direction of LGBTQIA+ artwork and tradition in India throughout the first version of the competition.

Tara Bedi, public coverage and neighborhood outreach supervisor, Instagram, India, was quoted as saying, “Through these difficult times, we’ve seen our community use Instagram in incredible ways as a space for connection, support and community action. The Digital Pride Festival with TQMP will include conversations to address safety, well-being, allyship, but most importantly, represent and amplify the voices of diverse, immensely talented LGBTQIA creators and activists, and help us continue our journey to make Instagram more inclusive.”

As a part of the initiative, the social media platform has additionally launched a brand new sticker pack, rainbow gradient hashtags, and a rainbow gradient story ring. “We’re also updating some of our favourite creative tools and releasing new features that colorfully highlight LGBTQIA expression across Feed and Stories,” Bedi added.

Talking about Digital Pride Festival 2.zero, Rafiul Alom Rahman, founder and government director, The Queer Muslim Project, was quoted as saying, “Digital Pride Festival 2.0 is a celebration of love, equality and freedom in these times of a global pandemic. With our tag #PrideAtHome, we honour contemporary LGBTQIA art and artists for all they offer to us within the comforts of our homes. Together with Instagram, we have scaled the festival this year and included an array of creator voices from the community as well as celebrated names such as Bollywood filmmaker, Zoya Akhtar.”

The competition can be held from June 11 to June 27 and can comprise 5 segments — together with creator panels, performances, panels on on-line security, psychological well being, and a masterclass on new instruments of expression resembling Reels.

(With inputs from ANI)

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