Last year, there were an estimated 3 million participants – and more, in an overwhelmingly Catholic city. Figures for this year are believed to similar, and 50 % up on just 5 years ago, and 25 times as many as 2ooo. Sao Paulo Pride has only been going since 1987.
In South America, Pride is not just a fun day out: it’s deeply political.
According to the Portuguese-language newspaper Diario de Sao Paulo, this is the city’s 14th Pride parade and was its most political.
The theme was “Vote contra a homofobia. Defenda a cidadania,” according to the Sao Paulo newspaper Agora. That translates to, “Vote against homophobia. Defend citizenship.”
Marchers demanded making homophobia a crime and keeping religion out of government, according to Alexandre Santos, the president of Associação da Parada do Orgulho GLBT de São Paulo, the parade organizing committee. The organization is particularly concerned with hate-related murders of gays, lesbians and transgender people.
It can be so too, for us in the Church. Join your local Pride, and declare your faith.
Here are more Sao Paolo pics, from this year and earlier:
- European Court: Banning Moscow Pride Parades Was Whack, Yo (queerty.com)
- Keeping Your Fear-Mongering Straight, Ctd (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Head of SF’s Gay Pride Steps Down Amid Allegations of Mismanagement (sfist.com)
- First Gay Pride Parade in Nine Years Disrupted by Violent Rioters [Protests] (gawker.com)