RIO DE JANEIRO – Thousands of people Sunday attended the LGBT pride march in Rio de Janeiro and walked along the beach of Copacabana in support of LGBT rights.
The massive celebration started with a concert by singer and songwriter Ludmilla.
Eight floats sailed along the traditional route of the 4 kilometer (2.4 miles) long Atlantic Avenue, which runs along the Copacabana beach, where a huge rainbow flag was flying.
Tourists took advantage of the warm day and participated in the festivities with gusto, clicking selfies with drag queens dressed in lush costumes.
As in its previous editions, the parade also staged a protest denouncing the 300 criminal acts committed against the LGBT community so far this year.
Several volunteers came dressed completely in black and covered with a coffin and a flag representing the victims.
In this year’s parade, whose slogan was “I am my gender identity,” the organizers demanded respect for the right of self-determination of gender identity and the approval of a pro-LGBT bill presented by some lawmakers.
The bill aims to ensure that anyone over 18 years of age can be recognized and treated according to their gender identity given in their documents and may undergo surgery to change their sex without psychological or legal approval.
During the parade condoms and information on health and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases were also handed out.
The Rio de Janeiro LGBT pride parade is organized by the nonprofit Rainbow Group for LGBT Citizenship to make visible the struggle for equal rights and to combat intolerance, prejudice and hatred against this community.