Living in Brazil I am enjoying the culture, commenting on the differences, celebrating local expressions and inviting others to enjoy all Brazil has to offer.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Rio Gay Pride 2010 pics and more
The sunshine fairies danced samba with gusto to keep the rain at bay. They allowed just enough misty sprinkles to wet the perfect bodies of the men and others showing off their goods. Skin glistened in the grey light of the cool afternoon.
OK, so it was not Copacabana’s best day weather wise – but believe me, no one noticed, we were all too busy being swept up into the excitement of the 15th annual Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro.
Seven trio electricos spread out across CopacabanaBeach.
The official theme was to promote the criminalization of homophobia (hate crimes legislation).There is a law that has been introduced (repeatedly) in Brazilia to do just that, but it has been defeated in large part because of the powerful Catholic Church lobby and other conservative so-called Christian organizations (who are thus in favor of anti-gay violence, I presume, why else?).
What a great day.We met up with Zezinho and three of his friends and tried multiple times to hook up with Rachel and her friend, but no no avail. The crowd was intense.
We bailed after about 6 hours, but the party was far from over.
We arrived in Brazil in January, 2008 to start up a new chapter in our life together. Luiz has returned to his hometown and I've jumped into the deep end of the pool ready for anything. Let the fun begin!