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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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