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Pride parades – the world celebrates LGBTQ

Señora Chacha presents her magnificent feather costume at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, Florida.

Numerous Pride parades are taking place in cities around the world. People celebrate their homosexuality and demonstrate colorfully and happily for more equality, acceptance, and respect.

A young couple kiss at the Pride Parade in Kolkata, India.

Love under the rainbow

June is Pride Month. With numerous parades this month, LGTBQ communities celebrate same-sex love and confidently demand more acceptance and respect. Here a young couple kisses at the Pride parade in Kolkata, India. Gay relationships were banned in India until 2018 and same-sex marriages are still impossible.

With rainbow makeup around their eyes, a youth poses in front of the colors of the LGBTQ movement at the Pride Parade in Kolkata, India.

Coming out

An activist in Kolkata. It can often be difficult for young people to accept their own sexuality. German and French studies from 2015 and 2016 showed that many still fear rejection from their own family – and acceptance by the family is a great help.

An aerial view of the world's largest Pride Parade in Sao Paulo. Up to four million people pass through the city's financial district every year.

Colorful Sao Paulo

The largest Pride parade in the world has been taking place in São Paulo, Brazil, since 1997. With up to four million participants, a street parade takes place every year on Avenida Paulista in the financial district. Numerous events accompany the parade to make the LGBTQ movement more visible in society.

A person gently touches the colorful hair of another participant in the Pride Parade in São Paulo.

LGBTQ – more than a colorful spectacle

Touches in Sao Paulo. In LGBTQ communities, like-minded people find protection and recognition. The Pride parades grew out of the 1969 “Stonewall riots” on Christopher Street, New York City. On June 27, guests at the Stonewall Inn, a gay meeting place, stood up to arrest, violence and discrimination.

In Mexico City, participants in the Pride Parade celebrate in garish costumes.

Costumed in Mexico City

Thousands of people in garish costumes celebrate the parade in Mexico City. The self-confident play with clichés is an integral part of the movement. Until 1998, public immorality laws in Mexico were used to criminalize homosexual acts. Same-sex love was long considered taboo there but is now increasingly recognized.

Señora Chacha presents her magnificent feather costume at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, Florida.

Cleaned and feathered

Señora Chacha proudly displays her magnificent costume at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, Florida. In 2021, a participant died here when a driver crashed into the crowd. There were also political setbacks for the Florida community: The don’t say gay law came into force in 2022 and is intended to prevent elementary school teachers from speaking about topics such as homosexuality and gender identity.

In Sofia, Bulgaria, young people of the LGBTQ movement celebrate in the streets. A young woman waves the rainbow flag.

Against resistance

Small groups also gather in Bulgaria’s big cities, like here in Sofia. They have not always been able to celebrate so happily and exuberantly in recent years: in 2021, the LGBTQ center Rainbow Hub had become the target of violent attacks. Only 39 percent of Bulgarians surveyed in 2019 said homosexuals should be given equal rights.

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