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Celebrating Pride Around the World

Post submitted by Bo Suh, HRC Digital Media Intern

While it no longer may be LGBT Pride Month in the U.S., pride parades continue to make an impact around the world. Take a look at some photos from pride in other countries.

 Vietnam

LGBT people, activists, and allies gather in Hanoi, Vietnam to celebrate the country's third-ever pride celebration. 

Turkey

Tens of thousands gathered in Istanbul for Turkey's LGBT Pride Parade, which is said to be the largest LGBT celebration in the Muslim world. Same-sex relationships are not illegal in Turkey, but homophobia still exists. Istanbul was also the location for Turkey's fifth annual Transgender Pride, which emphasized the need to end violence against transgender communities.

Baltic Pride

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A mother and her child celebrates pride in Talinn, Estonia. 

HRC Global Engagement Director Ty Cobb joined LGBT advocates from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania for Baltic Pride.

Tokyo

Akie Abe, Japan's First Lady, joined Tokyo's pride parade despite her husband's conservative stance on the topic. 

Cyprus

Cyprus hosted its first ever pride parade with thousands of people attending, despite host organization ACCEPT-LGBT Cyprus's president only expecting a few hundred. 

Spain 

Drag queen Conchita Wurst and Spanish singer Ruth Lorenzo address the crowd at Madrid Pride – the biggest pride celebration in Europe. 

The successes of these pride parades around the world show just how influential LGBT visibility is. The pride parades which started in the U.S. in the 70’s has set an example for LGBT people, allies, and activists to raise their voices and celebrate their communities in countries where same-sex activity may still be criminalized.  

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