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Monday, May 30, 2005

BBC: Brazil hosts huge Gay Pride march

Hundreds of thousands of people have converged for a huge Gay Pride parade in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.

Crowds carrying rainbow flags danced through one of the main avenues, as floats blasted music from loudspeakers.

Organisers said nearly two million people were at the march. If the figure is confirmed, that makes the parade the biggest of its kind in the world.

The event's managers said the parade was not just a party, but also a demonstration for equal rights.

One of the parade organisers, Antonio Carlos da Silva, told the BBC Brazil had a long way to go in overcoming homophobia.

"This is a very macho country, especially some parts of the country," he said.

"We also rank first in violence against gays so from gay bashing to murder we have a lot of problems in this country."

Another organiser, Pedro Almeida, told AFP news agency: "A homosexual is murdered here every two days - just for being homosexual."