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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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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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This Brazilian Mother And Daughter Share A Rare Beauty Mark In The Form Of White Locks

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This Brazilian Mother And Daughter Share A Rare Beauty Mark In The Form Of White Locks

It’s not every day that we get to see beauty this rare or so brightly celebrated.

Two-year-old Mayah and her daughter Talyta Youssef Aziz Vieira both share a rare genetic condition that means they have a white forelock that makes them look like X-men’s Rogue. Now, their unique traits are going viral and being celebrated on social media.

The mother and daughter pair both have white streaks in their hair due to a genetic condition called Piebaldism.

Talyta, who is from Jericoacoara, Brazil gave birth to daughter Mayah in 2018. According to Daily Mail, the mother was not at all surprised to find out that the two shared the rare trait that gives them two different hair colors. According to Talyta, the genetic condition was passed on to her grandfather, mother, aunt, and cousins, all of whom were born with piebaldism. The genetic condition is characterized by the absence of cells called melanocytes in particular regions of the skin and hair.

According to Talyta’s Instagram page, the young mother said that in her younger years she attempted to hide the white streaks in her hair.

Soon enough, and fortunately, Talyta came to appreciate the trait. Even better? The mother says her daughter has fully embraced her hair mark and enjoys dressing up as Disney character Cruella de Vil while the two watch 101 Dalmatians together.

According to Daily Mail, Talyta says “Piebaldism runs in our family so we knew there was a high probability that Mayah would also have it… From the moment she was born, Mayah had so many white hairs on the front of her head. My doula posted a picture on social media and days later, we were invited by a photographer to do a photo shoot.”

It didn’t take long for the pictures to go viral online.

“I tried to hide my white hair until my twenties. I’d hide it behind other strands – worried that people would bully me,” Taylta explained “I soon realized though that I was unique and special. I want to set that example for Mayah. People always stop us to say how special she is.”

Fortunately, Mayah will have a chance to see someone who looks like her on the big screen soon.

While Mayah’s features have been compared to Rogue from X-Men and Anna from Frozen, the little girl will get a chance to see Cruella in Disney’s soon to be released feature about the villain.

‘That’s when I thought it would be a lovely idea for us to dress up together as those characters. I want Mayah to have fun memories about the way she looks,” Taylta explained about her images of her daughter on Instagram “I want her to embrace being a superhero. Other people who are different have reached out to us thanking us for helping them accept themselves. It’s so sad that people have hid themselves away. We don’t need to be the same to be beautiful. Everyone has a heart inside to accept and love. We are living in a time of knowledge and transformation. Let’s embrace what makes us different.”

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

Indigenous tribes are the most important connection between man and nature. These tribes have lived off the land before modern society and many have never interacted with modern society. Ricardo Stuckert is going through and documenting the indigenous Amazonian tribes in Brazil.

Ricardo Stuckert is photographing indigenous tribespeople in the Brazilian Amazon.

The indigenous community is something sacred that most people agrees should be protected. They are more connected to the land than we are. Their customs and traditions are more ingrained in this world than ours are and it is so important to protect them.

The indigenous community of Brazil has been subjected to horrible attacks and conditions from the Brazilian government.

One of the most widespread attacks against the indigenous Brazilians living in the Amazon has been for the land. President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to take land away from the indigenous communities to allow for logging and mining. A bill he sent to the congress sought to exploit the land for commercial purposes, even legalizing some of the attacks we have seen on indigenous people since President Bolsonaro took power.

Stuckert wants to preserve the indigenous culture and customs through photos.

“I think it is important to disseminate Brazilian culture and show the way that native peoples live today,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “In 1997, I started to photograph the Amazon and had my first contact with the native people of Brazil. Since then, I have tried to show the diversity and plurality of indigenous culture, as well as emphasize the importance of the Indians as guardians of the forest. There are young people who are being born who have never seen or will see an Indian in their lives.”

The photographer believes that using photography is the best way to share culture.

“I think that photography has this power to transpose a culture like this to thousands of people,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “The importance of documentary photojournalism is to undo stigmas and propagate a culture that is being lost. We need to show the importance of indigenous people to the world, for the protection of our forests.”

You can see all of Stuckert’s photos on his Instagram.

Stuckert’s work to documented the indigenous community is giving people an insight into a life many never see. Brazil is home to about 210 million people with around 1 million having indigenous heritage. The diverse indigenous community of Brazil is something important to showcase and that’s what Stuckert is doing.

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