Gay Pride Celebration Across The World

Over the weekend, a massively colorful event has happened. Last friday, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all of their 50 states causing the spread of merriment and jubilation like wildfire not just in the U.S. but across the world. It’s a  major milestone in humanity, the U.S. just changed the course of their history. And hopefully, the rest of the world will follow.

NYC

A lively crowd of onlookers lined the streets and cheered as grand marshals Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi led the march from East 36th Street towards America’s most important landmark in the struggle for LGBT equality, the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street.

Caitlyn Jenner has made her first public appearance at a New York City hotel during the 2015 Gay Pride Parade. She’s been shooting a segment of her new E! special called ‘I am Cait’.

San Francisco

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Gunshots have sent the crowd of merrymakers running. A bystander has been wounded when a group of men got into an argument and shots were fired. It is believed that the incident is not related to the pride celebration.

Istanbul, Turkey

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The Istanbul Pride Parade was interrupted by police who fired tear gas, rubber pellets and water cannons at thousands when they arrived to march. The pride parade has been peaceful for the last 13 years and it’s not clear yet on why they want to break up the celebration. Some speculated that conservative Muslim officials took issue with the event because it fell during the month of Ramadan this year.

Seoul, South Korea

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Religious groups tried to stop the parade from happening at all. They flooded the police with permit applications to rally on the same day as the pride parade. It jammed up the permitting process, leading the Seoul police to ban the parade altogether, citing safety reasons. Korea Queer Culture Festival is now on its 15th year, the LGBT community and Christian activists controversy gets heated arguments time and again.

Manila, Philippines

Photo Courtesy: Bruno Exiomo

For the last 20 years, the Metro Manila Pride March has been a large space to demonstrate the strength, vibrancy and resilience of the LGBT community, the first in Asia. For its part, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said it will stick to Church teachings on marriage, but reassured the LGBT community it will not discriminate against them.
New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Taiwan gay pride party went horribly wrong when rainbow-colored glitter particles, which was launched to the partygoers, ignited and set the attendees on fire. More than 500 civilians were reported to have burn injuries and 194 of them have were seriously injured.
London, UK
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Photo Courtesy: The Independent News

 LGBT groups and supporters who marched from Baker Street to Whitehall were exuberant after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Just last month, a referendum in Ireland gave the green light to same-sex marriage.
Rome, Italy

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Once home of mighty gladiators, thousands of LGBT members and supporters paraded the grounds and snaked through the Eternal City’s cobblestone streets and past the capital’s most famous landmark, the Colosseum.


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