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Photos: A History of Pride Celebrations from Around the World

Find the end of the rainbow and travel through time as teleSur takes a look at the world's LGBT pride events through the decades.

The fight for LGBT rights has continued around the world as LGBT activists and supporters continue to carry the banner from one generation to the next. Where some nations have over time welcomed a more progressive outlook and watched as armies of gay pride supporters marched down the streets, other countries continue to struggle with prejudice and tradition.

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The first lgbt parade in the United States took place in New York City in 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots. Their western coast cousins in San Francisco echoed the movement in 1977.
The first lgbt parade in the United States took place in New York City in 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots. Their western coast cousins in San Francisco echoed the movement in 1977. Photo:Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Two years later in Mexico, over 1,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City in solidarity with the movement. In 2009, same-sex marriage was legalized, although parts of the nation still prohibit it. New themes are chosen to center the annual event which now draws 400,000 visitors.
Two years later in Mexico, over 1,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City in solidarity with the movement. In 2009, same-sex marriage was legalized, although parts of the nation still prohibit it. New themes are chosen to center the annual event which now draws 400,000 visitors. Photo:EFE
South Africa was the first country on the African continent to initiate a LGBT pride march which took place in 1990. In 2006, the nation stood out as the second country outside Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.
South Africa was the first country on the African continent to initiate a LGBT pride march which took place in 1990. In 2006, the nation stood out as the second country outside Europe to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo:sahistory.org
Denmark has maintained one of the world’s oldest public lgbt communities and celebrates annually since the founding of the National Association for Gays and Lesbians in 1948. The city of Copenhagen draws as many as 20,000 to their their parades every year.
Denmark has maintained one of the world’s oldest public lgbt communities and celebrates annually since the founding of the National Association for Gays and Lesbians in 1948. The city of Copenhagen draws as many as 20,000 to their their parades every year. Photo:Reuters
Pairs of shoes belonging to members of Romania
Pairs of shoes belonging to members of Romania's LGBT+ community are arranged around a rainbow-colored flag at a rally in downtown Bucharest, Romania, 22 May 2016, the country’s 12th annual LGBT event. The event is organized to raise awareness about the so-called 'invisible' members of the LGBT+ community in Romania. Photo:EFE
In 1997, the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil joined the rainbow parade as nearly 2,000 supporters walked the nation’s first gay parade. The city has become the world’s largest venue for LGBT parades with 3.2 million registered participants in 2009.
In 1997, the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil joined the rainbow parade as nearly 2,000 supporters walked the nation’s first gay parade. The city has become the world’s largest venue for LGBT parades with 3.2 million registered participants in 2009. Photo:Twitter: @httpskp
In 2013, the conservative coastal nation of Montenegro held its first pride event in Budva, but celebrations were cut short by violent protests and attacks on the 40 demonstrators.
In 2013, the conservative coastal nation of Montenegro held its first pride event in Budva, but celebrations were cut short by violent protests and attacks on the 40 demonstrators. Photo:Reuters
Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society were behind the nation’s first pride parade in 2001. Masks are worn to prevent any residual discrimination from homophobic communities. The parades usually coincides with the Gaijatra festival which commemorates the passing of friends of that year.
Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society were behind the nation’s first pride parade in 2001. Masks are worn to prevent any residual discrimination from homophobic communities. The parades usually coincides with the Gaijatra festival which commemorates the passing of friends of that year. Photo:EFE
Taiwan first pride parade emerged from Taipei, with just over 1,000 participants in 2003. Though the country’s culture still considers homosexuality a taboo, annual events draw hundreds of thousands from both Japan and Thailand.
Taiwan first pride parade emerged from Taipei, with just over 1,000 participants in 2003. Though the country’s culture still considers homosexuality a taboo, annual events draw hundreds of thousands from both Japan and Thailand. Photo:Reuters
Guayana celebrated its first gay parade on June 3, 2018. According to Guayana Trans United, a community of transgenders, “The influence of Jamaica Homophobic music has been impacting the hate in Guyana.”
Guayana celebrated its first gay parade on June 3, 2018. According to Guayana Trans United, a community of transgenders, “The influence of Jamaica Homophobic music has been impacting the hate in Guyana.” Photo:Twitter: Guayana Trans United
In Israel, tens of thousands attended the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parade in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2018. Monitors acclaimed the event as the largest of its kind in the deeply conservative Middle East.
In Israel, tens of thousands attended the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parade in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2018. Monitors acclaimed the event as the largest of its kind in the deeply conservative Middle East. Photo:Reuters
Published 24 June 2018
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