Thousands Gather for 21st Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro

This year’s parade called for approval of bill that would force public health system and private health plans to pay for hormonal treatments, sex-change surgeries.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - With the slogan “I am my Gender Identity”, hundreds of thousands of people flocked Copacabana Beach on Sunday for the 21st Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade.

This year’s parade focused on the group’s fight for the approval of a bill which would require Brazil’s public health system (SUS) and private health plans to pay for hormonal treatments and sex-change surgeries to all those over eighteen years of age.

“It's not all about the established gender that is stamped on one’s ID card . . .

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