By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Thousands took to the streets of São Paulo on Sunday to celebrate the 18th Gay Pride Parade. Hundreds of rainbow colored balloons and flags filled the city center’s streets with supporters asking for the criminalization of homophobia.

According to independent entity Gay Group from Bahia (GGB) 310 sex-hate crimes occurred in Brazil last year against gays, transvestites and lesbians. Brazil’s Congress, due in part to pressure from religious groups . . .

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