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

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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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💜 💜 💜

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21 Lipsticks Made By Latinas For Latinxs

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21 Lipsticks Made By Latinas For Latinxs

Every Latina in the diaspora knows that the right lip color can make you King, make men (and women) bend to your will, make a mansplainer splain no more and give you the cojones to do what you’re meant to do. These lip colors were made by Latina entrepreneurs who are bring all “no f*cks given” style straight to your face.
Rock it, mami. 💋

1. Red Hot “Brava” por las bravas de Reina Rebelde

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When the caption says it all: “🔥For Las Bravas🔥The foundation of every Latina is that unapologetic, passionate fire she carries within her. It is her birthright. She brings that unique energy to everything she does – she laughs louder, loves harder, fights more intensely, and ultimately endures more. We learn this resilience from the many icons we have the privilege of claiming as our own and the women who raise us and leave us a legacy of inner power and self-confidence with which to approach all of life. This unique, audacious Latina energy gave life to the Bold Lip Color Stick in Brava – a perfect, go-to, activating red that stokes this inner fire within us and displays it for the world to see.”

2. Melt Cosmetics’ muted lip colors to make your eyes pop.

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You don’t have to go big in the pout to stand out. Melt Cosmetics’ Gemini collection will give you everything you need to make this look happen, and support Latinas in business while you’re at it.

3. The Malinche

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In Reina Rebelde’s (thee cult classic brand for your mouth) own words this is “a fierce metallic red shade that will keep everyone guessing whether you are a niña mala or a niña buena.”

4. Get yourself some “Beaches N Cream”

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Atomic Makeup has an enormous variety of lip colors, but their latest summer shade is the perfect combo of a rosy base with a subtle, peach shimmer that’s perfect for sunny weather.

5. Dare to eat Takis with “Rosa Salvaje.”

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Let it be known that you can get almost all things Reina Rebelde at Target now, including this “hot pink shade inspired by the 80s international hit. It is perfect for when you are falling into hardcore, telenovela-worthy love and want to leave tu amorcito covered in besitos.”

6. We dare you to try “Fresa” 🍓.

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Crucial: the champagne and strawberry picnic basket to start your date off right. According to none other than theReina Rebelde, this is a “deep berry shade for when you want the world to see your fresita tendencies.”

7. Can you bring goth back?

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Ok, it is back, and we know you’re already thinking to yourself, “Claro que sí I can pull this bish off.” Trust your gut and YOLO. 🆒

8. The truth is, you’re the only one holding you back from this look:

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Like I said, Atomic Makeup has so many fresh looks, including this neon green, which you don’t have to be in high fashion art shows to rock.

9. “Over It” by Nevermind Cosmetics

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Are you over your boring old shades? This company is owned by two cousins born out of Miami and selling out of NYC and they deserve your money. Plus, they make it easy on the wallet.

10. “HBIC” & “GRL TALK” by Nevermind Cosmetics

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Meet the cousins who started an empire! We love that they model their own creations, and we love the creations even more.

11. “Gold Skool” by Kat Von D Beauty

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You know what you’re worth, honey. You’re gold, and there’s no world in which we don’t include Kat Von D on this list. She’s cruelty free, vegan and elevates all of us to her level.

12. “Tank Girl” by Kat Von D Beauty

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Familia listen up: greens are so in, and I already know they look good on you. This khaki muted olive green liquid lip is the perfect first foray into a bold new color.

13. “Spring Affair” by Atomic Makeup

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If you’re feeling even bolder, have yourself a Spring Affair, before summer is in full force. We love the metallic touch here too. I have so much respect for makeup artists right now.

14. “Dreamboy” by Melt Cosmetics

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Fun fact: the two Latinas who started this brand first met behind the beauty counter at Nordstrom. They wanted to bring matte vibrant colors to the public, and this is where the trend started!!

15. “710” by Melt Cosmetics

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It’s pretty much summer, which means you can start going for more orange tones, though they’re tricky on those of us with a more yellow/olive complexion, so we recommend taking your time at Sephora, k? 😉

16. “Snow White Red” by Bésame Cosmetics

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If you don’t have a classic red in your collection already, this is the one. Bésame is a luxury vintage beauty line that was created by Buenos Aires born Gabriela Hernandez. She is an actual cosmetic historian with the degrees to back it up and we can trust her with the classics.

17. “2GETHER 4EVER” by Atomic Makeup

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Ok, but do you understand why we keep talking about them? Who doesn’t love a matte shimmer lip?

18. “NOT UR BABY” by Nevermind Cosmetics

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I’m here for these lippie names, nevermind. I’m also here for the matte velvet mauve happening here. Happen to me.

19. “Terra Mater” by Necromancy

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Necromancy Cosmetica has some seriously killer shades. If you have a goth side, meet your maker, and know that you can never go wrong with this shade.

20. Try one of Atomic Makeup’s 50+ Shades

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They have shimmery blacks, mauves, coppers and rose alongside silver, black and white colors. It’s for a cause, ok? Treat yo’self and ship other Latinas’ success.

21. Rainbow Highlighter by Chaos Makeup

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Chaos Makeup is a pretty small starting brand known for their rainbow highlighters. You don’t have to go out and buy a thousand new shades for a new look. Try brushing this rainbow highlighter on your basic look to give yourself a subtle boost to unicorn land.