Thousands march at Brazil LGBT parade after virtual pandemic events

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Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Sao Paolo for the annual LGBTQ+ Pride parade following two years of virtual events during the pandemic.

The 26th event in the Brazilian city was held under the slogan ‘Vote with pride – for policies that represent us’, in reference to the upcoming presidential election in October.

Incumbent far right-wing leader, Jair Bolsonaro, faced criticism from revellers who shouted and held signs aloft calling for his departure from office.

The president, who has described himself as ‘proudly homophobic’, will be pitted against left-wing rival Lula da Silva, who is currently ahead in the polls.  

Sao Paolo was transformed into a rainbow party for the event, with colourful floats lining the streets.

The march travelled from main road, Paulista Avenue, advancing towards Roosevelt Square on Sunday.  

Among the crowds was 31-year-old primary school teacher Braulio da Silva, who praised the theme of the event.  

‘You can’t be silent, you can’t be submissive anymore. It’s time we slapped ourselves in the face,’ he said.

Meanwhile nursing technician Gleydon Santos, 26, said the parade ‘shows society that we are present, that we are a sufficient number to make a difference in politics and in society itself.’

Event organiser, Claudia Garcia, said: ‘After two years without in-person editions, it is an immense pleasure to return to the streets and reinforce to the public its responsibility to support representatives who are committed to a more just and egalitarian Brazil.’

Same sex marriage was legalised in Brazil in May 2013.

However, it has one of the highest LGBTQ+ murder rates in the world.

In 2020 the number of transgender people killed in Brazil was reported to have increased by 70%, with suicide rates also rising.

The UK’s first ever Pride demonstration took place 50 years ago in July 1972 – click here to see 50 photos to mark the milestone anniversary.

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