The Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade is an annual parade which has been organized in the city centre of Brazil's largest metropolis since 1997. Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
The parade on Sunday celebrated two decades of the struggle for equal rights by Brazil’s homosexual community, this time including thousands of participants focused on urging Congress to speed up the debate on the Gender Identity Law.
The 20th edition of the parade, which attracted 2 million participants and started out on Paulista Ave. downtown, had “Gender Identity Law now! – Everyone together against trans-phobia” as its slogan.
The bill, which is stuck in the legislature, seeks to benefit transsexuals on issues such as name changes in civil registries and public documents, health care assistance and for the authorities to take measures against the growing number of crimes committed against this group.