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In The Face Of Rampant Homophobia, Sao Paulo Hosts One Of The Largest Pride Celebrations In The World

June is Pride month and cities across the world host major celebrations to elevate their LGBTQ community. One of the largest pride celebrations in the world is in São Paulo, Brazil. Millions of people from around the world travel to the South American city every year to celebrate the strength, beauty, diversity and acceptance of LGBTQ people. The fact that millions of people go to Brazil for pride is an act of resistance since the country has experienced a sharp increase in homophobic deaths and attacks in recent years. Here are 20 photos from São Paulo Pride that proves LGBTQ people will not be silenced by fear and hate.

Millions of people filled São Paulo’s streets for the 22nd annual gay pride parade.

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In 2017, 5 million people participated in São Paulo’s pride parade making it the largest pride celebration ever. Isn’t it beautiful to see so many people coming together to celebrate love?

Just look at all the happy, queer, Brazilian faces.

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If this doesn’t warm your heart, nothing will. How can you be so against people celebrating who they are?

People from all walks of life came out to partake in the celebration.

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And they slayed those looks, hunny. Seriously. Look at how stunning these people are.

There is just no holding back that exquisite pride feeling.

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The lesson here is to be you and not let anyone make you feel different because you love who you are. ????

Gorgeous.

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Drag queens. Gay men. Lesbian women. Trans men and women. All of them showed up for a day of solidarity and love in Brazil’s biggest city.

Just look at that crowd.

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Usually, large crowds are a cause for panic and anxiety but these people didn’t let things get out of hand. So many people. So much to celebrate.

Some attendees took their moment to be unapologetically themselves.

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That’s what Pride is all about, being yourself without apology because we don’t have time for that.

The city looked like a moving sea of people during the parade.

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Pop stars and personalities from the US, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and other countries hit the stage to keep the party going.

Did we mention that love was on display?

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Because it was. All over the city. With every kind of relationship and couple you could imagine.

Aaaand, there was a strong contingent of artistry on display.

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Okay. Clowns might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s artistic expression. Tbh, this might be the least terrifying clown to ever exist.

This queen took the cake for her own personal style.

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Mulher Mangueira is a pretty noticeable person in the Brazilian LGBTQ community. There’s little question how she stands out from the crowd.

Of course the event was sponsored by some major corporations.

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Nothing motivates people like money and now that Pride has become so accepted and popular, everyone is trying to make a buck off it. Can’t be mad about it, though.

There were a few well-placed protest signs.

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Essentially: “There is no cure for being gay.” That’s right. We are born this way and we are not going anywhere.

No pride parade is complete without Mr. Leather.

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For those of you who don’t know, the leather community is a strong community within the LGBTQ community. Every city has their own Mr. Leather and there is an International Mr. Leather. Basically, it’s Miss Universe for the leather community.

The trans community was properly represented.

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Brazil has recently made huge strides with trans rights when it comes to using your preferred name on a ballot to run for office. The country also recently ruled that trans people can use their preferred name on identification without having to get the full surgery and hormonal treatment. These are two huge decisions in a country where trans people have a life expectancy of 35 years.

Those rainbow flags were everywhere.

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Because it is pride and people love seeing all those colors flapping in the wind.

Brazilians really showed up this year for São Paulo Pride.

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And it is something we should all be supporting.

Look at how happy all these queer Brazilians are.

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Gorgeous. Every one of you. Absolutely gorgeous.

We can’t end this post without a mention of the bear community, right?

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Bears are hairy gay men who usually have a little bit of a belly.

And bears are just as cuddly as their teddy counterparts.

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The Last Wild Macaw In Rio de Janeiro Visits the Zoo Everyday Because She’s Lonely

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The Last Wild Macaw In Rio de Janeiro Visits the Zoo Everyday Because She’s Lonely

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If you’re the type of person who constantly complains about being single, this story will most definitely resonate with you. In Rio de Janeiro, there is a macaw that experts believe is the only free macaw currently living in Rio. To make things more tragic, this Brazilian macaw is so lonely that she makes daily visits to her fellow macaws at Rio de Janeiro’s zoo.

Every morning, a blue-and-yellow macaw (affectionately named Juliet) flies into the enclosure where the zoo’s macaw lives and canoodles with her fellow species.

According to the staff of the Rio de Janeiro Zoo, Juliet has been making daily visits to the enclosure for 20 years. The last time a blue-and-yellow macaw like Juliet was seen in the wild was in 1818. So it’s safe to say she’s fiending for some company. The average lifespan of a macaw is 35-years, which means Juliet has spent the majority of her life as a single lady.

“They’re social birds, and that means they don’t like to live alone, whether in nature or captivity. They need company,” said Neiva Guedes, president of the Hyacinth Macaw Institute, to the Associated Press. “[Juliet] very probably feels lonely, and for that reason goes to the enclosure to communicate and interact.”

Luckily for Juliet, the Rio de Janeiro Zoo is launching a program called Refauna that is aiming to breed and reintroduce blue-and-yellow macaws back into the wild.

The Refauna program plans to breed 20 macaw chicks and give them “training” on “forest food sources, the peril of predators and avoidance of power lines.” Once they’re thoroughly educated, workers will release the birds into the Tijuca Forest National Park to live full, free lives. Some people are hoping that with so many macaws flying free out in the open, Juliet will feel less lonely.

But some animal experts are warning the general public not to feel too bad for Juliet. “We don’t want to project human feelings,” biologist Angelita Capobianco told AP News. I look at the animal, and see an animal at ease.” That’s nice to hear. We love a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to thrive.

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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