And this huge gay event was not just a celebration of being the way we are, not just a big funny holiday for hundreds thousands participants – it had a noble goal to help Brazilian people who want to change their gender. The law which would allow people of the country to do it legally is already on work, but it is not accepted yet.
Over a thousand police officers were on hand, particularly because protests were planned against acting president Michel Temer, the replacement for Dilma Rousseff, who is undergoing an impeachment trial.
While there is hope that legislation will be brought in to protect LGBT people, a law to punish homophobic crime has been stalled by Catholics in Brazil.
Brazil’s Supreme Court in 2011 recognized the stable unions of homosexual couples, guaranteeing them the same rights as enjoyed by heterosexual couples.