May 12, 2009 1:40:14 am
Gays,bisexuals,transgenders from across globe likely to attend the event at Sao Paulo from June 10 to 14
Prince Manvendrasinh Gohil will inaugurate the 13th annual gay Pride Parade in Brazil next month.
The parade,which is to be held at Sao Paulo,has been scheduled in the second week of June.
Millions of gays,bisexuals and transgenders attend the parade. Gohil has been invited as one of the inaugurators of the event. He is the only one from India who has been invited this year to represent the gay community.
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The five-day celebration will be held from June 10 to 14. It will see debates on gay rights,citizen awards and cultural fair followed by the gay Pride Parade on the concluding day.
Gohil said: This is a parade where one can assert on their difference in sexuality and also demand for freedom. It is one of the biggest parades addressing the gay issues.
The Pride Parade last year on the theme Homophobia kills! For a true secular state! had over 3.5 million participants.
This will be the first time that Gohil will be a part of the Sao Paulo Pride Parade.
He had earlier inaugurated the Euro Pride Parade in Sweden in 2008.
Last year,India too had for the first time carried out the Pride Parade under the banner Rainbow Pride Parade. Hundreds had participated in the parade in different cities at Mumbai,Kolkata and New Delhi.
The Pride Parade this year has been scheduled in June and August in Delhi and Mumbai respectively,of which Gohil will be a part.
Gohil,who runs his own non-governmental organisation Lakshya,which works on HIV issues among gays,drew international attention after he took part in the Oprah Winfrey show in 2007.
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