In a cheerful gay pride parade that called on authorities to enact legislation to outlaw homophobia, hundreds of thousands of Brazilian homosexuals marched along the famous Copacabana beach promenade on Sunday.
Gay, lesbian, transgender and cross-dressing marchers joined dozens of trucks blaring electronic music for the colorful parade, which organizers had hoped would draw some 1.5 million people, though police officials told O Globo newspaper less half as many actually took part.
AdvertisementCheering to celebrate the success this year of a legislative campaign allowing same-sex marriages in Latin America, the thousands of revelers also voiced support for laws that would ban homophobia in the wake of spate of violent attacks targeting the gay community.
Gay rights activist Claudio Nascimento said the community had a simple goal, to "call for peace, not homophobia," as he urged the national Congress to laws on the books against bring homophobia on a par with racial or religious intolerance.
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