The month of June is known as the Pride month crediting to the incident in 1969; the Stonewall riots in New York, wherein a the police raid was conducted in early morning and was considered as a major landmark in the gay liberation movement, resulting in the fight for the basic human rights who had identified themselves as a part of the queer community.
“It was the day when Judy Garland (widely considered a gay icon) passed away. It was the first ever-major sign of the LGBTQ people coming together and saying that ‘enough is enough’. They were not going to take police brutality anymore. And then, it eventually turned into a gathering of people from LGBTQ rainbow spectrums to come together peacefully,” shared Keshav Suri, founder of the Keshav Suri Foundation, a community who has committed towards serving the purpose.
He further expresses that the LGBTQ community is about love and acceptance, especially acceptance of the people across the rainbow spectrum. “On an Indian perspective, it was a way to show the government as well as the judicial system that there are people from these communities who are an equal part of the country. This is an alternative way for us to be able to live with dignity and pride,” he pointed out.
Headquartered in New Delhi, the company opened its first hotel here in 1988 under the dynamic leadership of Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri, who spearheaded the Group’s unprecedented expansion plans.
Rapid expansion and consolidation of its leadership position continues under the enterprising stewardship of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, who took over as Chairperson & Managing Director in 2006.
All hotels within the group operated under the brand The Grand – Hotels, Palaces & Resorts. It was re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ on November 19, 2008 as a tribute to the company’s Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri.
The company offers twelve luxury Hotels, Places & Resorts and two mid market segment hotels under The LaLiT Traveller brand offering 2261 rooms.