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Thousands march for gay rights

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 - 01:00

June 30 - Gay pride events bring colour and calls for equality to many cities around the globe. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Tens of thousands marched in the streets of Paris on Saturday (June 29) in the first "Gay Pride" since France made same-sex marriage legal. France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage in April after parliament approved a new law championed by President Francois Hollande. Since the end of May, same-sex marriages have been celebrated across France. A record-breaking 21,000 people attended the annual Pink Dot rally in Singapore in support of the gay community in the city-state. Organisers used the event's slogan of "Freedom to Love" to raise awareness amongst people of the basic human need to love, regardless of their sexual orientation. Pink Dot has become one of the most visible events in Singapore as participants are given pink torches to form a bright pink dot together as they mark the end of the event at night. Thousands of people marched through Mexico City's iconic Reforma boulevard to celebrate the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community urging the government to do more to end gay discrimination across Mexico. It was a far cry from the capital's first gay march in 1978, thousands came out to demand equal rights. Mexico City is home to the most visible gay community in the country and couples freely express affection in many parts of the city. However, outside the capital attitudes differ sharply, with an impunity towards discrimination and reports of violence against homosexuals common, activists say. Members of Peru's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender revellers turned out for Lima's annual gay pride parade. Many in the parade carried signs asking for stronger sentences for crimes committed against members of the LGBT community. Police detained dozens of people when pro- and anti-gay rights activists clashed in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Saturday (June 29). The protests came just two weeks after parliament passed a law banning homosexual "propaganda". Critics say the bill - a nationwide version of laws in place in cities including St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin's hometown, - effectively bans gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals. Up to 100 people took part in the march to protest against the law, confronted by an equal number of anti-gay activists, who threw eggs, smoke flares and stones at them. Police intervened with batons to stop the violence and detained dozens of people.

Thousands march for gay rights

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 - 01:00

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