This Sunday (25), the 20th LGBTQIA+ pride parade (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, with a “+” sign to recognize unlimited sexual orientations and diverse gender identities) took place in Belém, which brought together hundreds of people. people who expressed love and hope, against discrimination and intolerance.
The march took place again in person, after two years, due to the covid-19 pandemic and had an exit point on Avenida Presidente Vargas. The theme of the parade was “20 years of struggle and resistance.
“We are on the streets after 2 years, our biggest fight is for rights, no more and no less, equal rights”, said Isabella Santorini, coordinator of the Pará network of trans people.
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This year the LGBTQIA+ Pride Parade completed two decades and was supported by the state and county.
“Today the LGBTQI parade in Belém celebrates 20 years and during these 20 years we have been fighting to show society that we are here”, said Kleber Amorim, one of the coordinators of the parade.
Records of violence against the LGBTQIA+ population increased by 8% from January to August this year, according to SEGUP data.
“The importance of the parade is to draw the attention of the Brazilian population, especially in Pará, which has a very high rate of lgbtqphobic crimes. We want it to stop and we want to call the attention of society that we are here and we need to live and every form of love is necessary”, said Jane Patricia, participant of this year’s parade.
40 municipal guards, four vehicles and 12 motorcycles were deployed to provide security throughout the event.
Preventive security actions, whose mission is to maintain public order and guarantee the integrity of people and public property, will be carried out in an integrated manner with the other security bodies of the State Government and with the Executive Superintendence of Urban Mobility (Semob ) and Public Organization of the Municipality.