Rainbow Riots India - Love Is Love

Swedish artist and activist Petter Wallenberg and India's first transgender dance group Dancing Queens, in Mumbai, India..jpg

The international LGBTQ organisation Rainbow Riots’ founder, Swedish musician and activist Petter Wallenberg has been in Mumbai for nearly two years, writing  and producing music featuring India’s first openly gay, lesbian and trans singers, rappers and dancers. The resulting upcoming music and activist project ‘Rainbow Riots India’ is part of the movement behind one of the greatest victories for human rights of our time. In September 2018, the controversial British colonial law ‘Section 377’ that criminalized homosexuality was abolished and after over 157 years, all Indians are now free to love!

To kick off the revolutionary project, Wallenberg and Rainbow Riots have released the first single and video titled ‘Love is Love’. ‘Love Is Love’ has already been hailed by Indian media as the country’s first ever pride anthem, and features India’s first openly gay celebrity and drag queen, Sushant Divgikar and speaks about the importance of love and equality when it comes to being true to one’s authentic self. The accompanying video was shot onsite at India’s first legally recognised Pride in February this year, where Wallenberg was invited as a speaker. It also stars India’s first transgender dance group Dancing Queens.

Amy Wildsmith