June 28 marks an important event in the history of the LGBT movement worldwide: on this date, in 1969, there was what was perhaps the first uprising in history against discrimination against the LGBTI public. Stonewall Inn shoppers rebelled against the constant police raids at the bar, resulting in a two-night battle that led to the organization of the first LGBTI pride parade, held on July 1, 1970 in the United States. It is on this date that today is celebrated World LGBT Pride Day.
Since then a lot has changed and many rights have been won in several countries, but unfortunately a lot still needs to be done. Every year since then, in many cities LGBTI Diversity Parades have been held, with São Paulo being one of the largest of them (in 2017 more than three million people attended).
With great joy and color, the LGBTI public and those who support the cause, take to the streets in a peaceful demonstration for the rights to equality. In Curitiba, it is organized by APPAD, the Paranaense Association of the Parade of Diversity and will have its 18th edition with the theme “What do I have to do with it?” In 2017.
But sad facts still make the remembrance of June 28 even more important: Brazil is the country where most homicides are recorded for gays, lesbians, transvestites, transsexuals and intersex in the world. In 2016 the number was amazing: every 25 hours an LGBT person was killed in the country, with São Paulo, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro being the states with the most records.
It was with the uprising of the Stonewall Inn that the so-called gay movement gained strength in the world, and from there symbols like the rainbow flag created by Gilbert Baker came to be adopted by the movement. June 28, 1969 marks the beginning of a struggle that continues and, in times of exacerbated extremism, becomes more important day by day.
Created in 2004, APPAD (Paranaense Association of the Parade of Diversity) is now one of the reference associations in the care and defense of the rights of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transvestite, transsexual and intersex population in Paraná. Organizer of the Parade of Diversity, which this year will be its 18th edition, the non-profit association is maintained by volunteers and donors and today carries out actions to promote and defend human rights in several areas: psycho-social, cultural, communication and public safety For the confrontation with LGBTIphobia, Racism and Machism.
In 2016 the Parade of Diversity of Curitiba had more than 40 thousand participants, who walked in the Civic Center with a wing only of fathers and mothers who were present for the rights of LGBTI children. This year, the stop will be held on November 5, leaving the Plaza December 19, Naked Woman Square.