All around the world, throughout the month of June, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people, their families, friends, and allies, are affirming and celebrating the gift of all forms of non-heterosexual orientation and identity.
Here are just a few images gathered from the Internet of these global Pride events of affirmation and celebration. Happy Pride!
Above: Thousands march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, June 10, 2007. (Associated Press Photo/Andre Penner)
Above: The Gay Pride flag and the Israeli flag are held high during a gay rally in Jerusalem, 2006. Israeli police have given the green light for a gay rally in Jerusalem and for religious Jews to demonstrate on the same day against what they consider an outrage. (AFP/File/Gali Tibbon)
Above: Gay rights activists attend a protest in Moscow May 27, 2007. Russian police detained gay protesters calling for the right to hold a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow on Sunday while nationalists shouting, "death to homosexuals," punched and kicked the demonstrators. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin (Russia)
Above: Demonstrators hold up banners during a protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin, May 28, 2007. More than one hundred people gathered to support human rights in Russia and to protest against the ban of the Moscow Gay Pride parade in May. Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski (Germany)
Above: LGBTI people and their supporters pass in front of the ancient Colosseum during the annual Gay Pride parade in Rome. Tens of thousands Saturday staged the Gay Pride parade in Rome, urging the Italian government to fast-track plans to grant homosexual couples legal status and override Vatican objections. (AFP/Andreas Solaro)
Above: Participants wave a giant rainbow flag in front of St. John Lateran Basilica during the Gay Pride parade in Rome, Saturday, June 16, 2007. Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Rome Saturday to demand legal rights for same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Above: A couple kisses as members of the Israeli LGBTI community and their supporters march in a Gay Pride parade in downtown Jerusalem, Thursday June 21, 2007. Under heavy police guard, hundreds of LGBTI people and their supporters marched in a Gay Pride parade, sparking a noisy counter demonstration by ultra-Orthodox Jews and denunciations by some Muslim and Christian leaders. There were no incidents of violence during the short event. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
See also the previous Wild Reed post:
A Simple Yet Radical Act