General, See How Pride Marches Around The World – In Pictures by southhow February 10, 2016, 7:48 am From South Africa to Taiwan, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and supporters demand visibility and rights at Pride parades South Africa is the only country on the continent, and one of the few in the world, to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution (introduced in 1996). But even though the laws are strong, homophobia is widespread in society. Hate crime is common, particularly brutal attacks on lesbian women labelled “corrective rape”. South Africa’s oldest Pride parade is in Johannesburg. In 1999, nearly 30,000 LGBT advocates marched through the streets to celebrate its 10th anniversary. London’s first Pride march was in 1972. In 2005 human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell protested to then-prime-minister Tony Blair about treatment of gay asylum seekers. In 2014 leaked documents revealed the questions put to LGBT people seeking asylum in the UK, described by a barrister as “shockingly degrading”. Catholic influence and a macho culture has made it difficult for LGBT people in Mexico to live an out and proud life, but more rights have been achieved in recent years. The first Pride parade was celebrated in Mexico City in 1979. This picture shows a reveller at the 2008 march,a year before the city legalised same-sex marriage. In 2015, equal marriage rights were legalised across the country. A 2014 study found that Guatemala had the lowest rate of acceptance of homosexuality in Latin America (12% of the population). Hate crimesagainst LGBT people are common and same-sex marriage is not recognised. A Pride parade has been celebrated in Guatemala City every year since 2000. Some of the most progressive policies in the world are enjoyed by LGBT people in Uruguay. Same-sex couples have been allowed to adopt children since 2009 and equal marriage was achieved in 2013. However, violence against LGBT people is still high. A transgender woman was murdered days before Pride in 2012, the fifth to be killed that year. In 2005, the capital’s Pride march was rebranded as a diversity marchwith other marginalised groups. The Philippines was the first country in Asia to hold a Pride march in 1994. The Catholic country has a diverse and active LGBT rights movement. In 2010 they started the world’s first LGBT political party, Ang Ladlad (meaning out of the closet). But the only country in the world where divorce is still illegal is still a long way from legalising same-sex marriage, and LGBT people face discrimination and hate crimes. In 2014 Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act was ruled invalid. The act had been condemned widely, with President Obama saying the law would complicate relations with the US. LGBT rights activists in Uganda have held discrete Pride marches since 2012. Last year presidential candidate Amama Mbazazi made history by declaring he’s against homophobia. LGBT rights supporters in India celebrated in 2009 when the Delhi high court ruled that the colonial era law that criminalises gay sex, Section 377, violated fundamental rights. However four years later the supreme court reinstated the law. The same court recently announced they would look at the judgement again. Pride has been celebrated in Delhi since 2007 and in Mumbai since 2008 (Queer Azaadi Mumbai). Last year Malta passed the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, widely heralded as the most progressive legislation on gender identity in the world. Local NGO Gender Liberation campaigns for awareness of gender diversity. source: theguardian Loading... See more Previous article Donald Gray – Actor From The Ostrich Farm Next article Portia Modise – Member Of South Africa National Women’s Soccer Team Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.