Sao Paulo Gay Pride draws huge crowd and call to protect rights

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Huge crowds have taken part in this year's Gay Pride parade in Brazil's biggest city, Sao Paulo.
A participant joins revellers at the 21st Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 18 June, 2017Image source, EPA
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Its organisers said as many as three million people had joined the parade, which wound its way down Paulista Avenue.
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The crowds rejected religious conservatives in Brazil's Congress, saying they were openly hostile to members of the LGBT community.
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One of the organisers of the parade, Claudia Santos Garcia, said: "Our main enemies today are the religious fundamentalists seeking to end the rights we already gained."
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Those attending demanded the government protect gay rights, while some called for President Michel Temer to leave office.
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Homophobic violence is a serious problem in Brazil, where so far this year more than 160 LGBT people have been killed.
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The parade was also a celebration of gay rights and the LGBT community, with many dressing up in elaborate costumes.