The first Pride Parade was held in Barbados

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The islanders of Barbados held their first Pride march in the capital of Bridgetown, even though the country is under strong religious influence and the religious leaders massively protested against the Pride celebrations. The pride parade saw more than 120 people—members of the local LGBT+ community and allies. There were some tourists who were unlikely to understand that they were taking part in a history-making event, but they really enjoyed singing, dancing and marching with the crowd. “Amidst immense backlash, hurdles and fear of violent bigotry, we pushed through,” one of the march organizers, co-director of Barbados Gays & Lesbians Against Discrimination (B-GLAD), Ro-Ann Mohammed said according to PinkNews. Religious opposition to the march was publicly expressed as the religious leaders said that supporting European values which are not divided in Barbados was the same as letting colonize the country again. Mohammed described in a Facebook post the months of preparations and worries over whether the authorities would issue the permit to hold the march, only two days before the march the organizers finally got an official approval. On the day of the parade, she was concerned the march could be the target of homophobic violence, but fortunately everything went well.

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