What Gay Pride Looks Like Around The World

A comprehensive look at the fight for gay rights around the world. The tides are turning everywhere.

1. Zimbabwe

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Members of the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe make a poster for the International Day against Xenophobia and Transphobia in Harare. (2012)

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5. Georgia

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Gay rights activists rally in front of the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi. Christian activists led by Orthodox priests halted a rare attempt to stage a small gay pride march in ex-Soviet Georgia. (2012)

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The event eventually turned violent as Christian activists led by Orthodox priests attacked participants. (2012)

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Police officers detaine one of the gay rights activists. (2012)

10. Guatemala

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A gay rights activist poses during an event to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (2012)

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13. Cuba

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Cubans members of gay and lesbian community take part in a march during the International Day Against Homophobia. (2012)

14. Russia

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The signs read (from left to rights): “Gay is not a profession, gay is thousands of professions”, “Forbid the propaganda of hate” and “Value my work, don’t climb into my bed”. (2012)

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Russian police officers detain a gay rights activist with his flag during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow. Activists have long petitioned the government for permission to stage such a parade, but have always been denied. (2012)

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An anti-gay rights activist shows a badge during a flash mob organised by gay rights protesters in St.Petersburg. (2012)

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Russian police officers detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow. (2012)

A man attacks a gay rights activist during a gay pride parade in St. Petersburg. (2012)

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A man protests against a gay pride parade by attacking a gay rights activist in central Moscow. (2012)

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An extremist Russian Orthodox believer protests against a gay pride parade. (2012)

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Russian gay rights activists launch balloons during a gay rights event. (2012)

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Russian gay rights activists. (2012)

23. Chile

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Two men kiss each other during clashes with riot police near the Chilean Congress building. President Sebastian Pinera promised to expand legal rights for gay and lesbian couples, but draws the line against same-sex marriage or adoption. (2010)

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A gay couple kiss during a session in the Chilean senate after approval of an anti-discrimination bill in Valparaiso city. (2012)

25. China

More than 2000 people marched in Hong Kong’s 3rd gay pride parade. (2011)

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A Chinese lesbian couple kisses in front of journalists during an event to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Beijing’s gay and lesbian community celebrated Valentine’s Day by calling for greater gay rights in China on Monday in Beijing. (2011)

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30. New Delhi, India

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Gay rights supporters take part in the Gay Pride Parade in New Delhi in November. Hundreds of gays, lesbians, transsexuals and their heterosexual supporters took to the streets of New Delhi for the parade. (2010)

In June 2009, a top Indian court issued a landmark ruling decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults, overturning colonial-era legislation that outlawed homosexuality.

31. Turkey

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A Gay rights activist holds placards which translates as ’ Don’t hate, apologize ’ as they protest against Turkish State Minister in Charge of Family Selma Aliye Kavaf who described homosexuality as ’ a disease’. (2010)

32. New York City

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo marches. (2012)

34. Istanbul

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A gay pride parade participant argues with a plainclothes police officer as a group of nationalist tred to obstruct the parade in central Istanbul. (2012)

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A participant reacts as a group of nationalists attempt to obstruct the parade. (2012)

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Riot police step in. (2012)

37. San Francisco, California

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Michelle Halpain, a volunteer with President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, joins fellow democrats marching in San Francisco’s 42nd annual gay pride parade. (2012)

38. Greece

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People demonstrate against the first gay pride in Thessaloniki. Thousands of people took part in a march organised by Greece’s gay and lesbian community. (2012)

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Participants of the first gay pride march through the city of Thessaloniki. (2012)

40. Berlin, Germany

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People protest against Russia’s policies on homosexuality during Berlin’s annual Christopher Street Day. (2012)

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42. Knoxville, Tennessee

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A pride parade proceeds down Gay Street during the Knoxville Pride Fest. (2012)

43. Zagreb, Croatia

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About a thousand participants attended the Zagreb Gay Pride parade. (2012)

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Riot police secure the parade. (2012)

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46. Split, Croatia

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More than 300 people set off from a park in the Adriatic port of Split to march through the city while some 900 riot police secured the parade. (2012)

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Police detain a right-wing protester during the second Gay Pride parade in Split. (2012)

48. Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Participants march with a rainbow-coloured flag during the 16th LGBT pride parade. (2012)

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About 3 million people (!!!!!) took part in the parade under the 2012 theme ‘Homophobia has cure’. (2012)

50. Bratislava

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A man holds a sign that says ‘I am also Catholic’ during the Rainbow Pride Parade.

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Two men kiss during the Rainbow Pride Parade. (2012)

52. Salt Lake City, Utah

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Over 300 active Mormons and more than 5,000 members of the LGBT community with their supporters marched in the parade as part of the Utah Pride Festival. (2012)

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Practicing Mormons march in a gay pride parade. (2012)

54. Mexico City

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Thousand of gays, lesbians, transsexuals and supporters took part in the gay pride parade parade. (2012)

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A gay couple hold up signs that read in Spanish “We will marry and we will adopt” during a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Mexico City in 2010.

57. Slovenia

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Participants take part in a pride parade in Ljubljana. Hundreds of members from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities took to the streets to demonstrate for their rights. (2012)

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The sign on the right reads, “I am looking for a girlfriend.” (2012)

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The sign says, ” I love my boy.” (2012)

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61. Latvia

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U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, Michael Polt, takes part in a gay pride parade in downtown Riga, Latvia. Several hundred activists from the Baltic states and neighboring countries braved rain and hail to participate in an annual parade in defense of gay and lesbian rights in Latvia.

U.S. diplomats who took part in the Saturday event stressed the fundamental importance of equal rights and freedom of expression and urged participants to keep battling for their cause. (2012)

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A man is arested after throwing eggs at participants in the Baltic Gay Pride parade. (2012)

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Riot police walk alongside gay rights protesters. (2012)

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