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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.

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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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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)



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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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 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)

New Delhi, India


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.


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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)



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)

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)



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)

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)

Salt Lake City, Utah


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)



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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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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