8 countries where Gay Pride is met with violence
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8 countries where Gay Pride is met with violence

Pride month - celebrated on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots - is now in full swing. Forty-eight years ago this Wednesday (June 28), queer people fought New York police in a violent three day riot, emerging victorious and celebrating it with a daring march through the city's streets, where the first pride was born. Today, there are two kinds of Pride. There are those which were celebrated in New York, Paris, Milan and San Francisco over the weekend. They were able to be joyful celebrations, full of debauchery, drag and digs at the Donald. Vitally, they were organised with help of authorities and in an atmosphere of peace (although certainly not quiet). Then there are those held in defiance of the authorities. They are usually organised in secret, and are designed to demand visibility in dangerous and oppressive climates. They are a protest true to the spirit of Stonewall.


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