Updated on June 11, 2012
The LGBT Pride Parade - Parada do Orgulho GLBT, in São Paulo, is said to be the largest event of its kind in the world. Promoted by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade Association - APOGLBT, it usually takes place in June. About 270,000 people took part in the 2012 edition on June 10, according to Datafolha.
The starting point is MASP - São Paulo Museum of Art, next to the Trianon/MASP subway station (Green Line) on Paulista Avenue. The route is closed to cars and about 1,500 police officers are on duty for the event.
The parade is the main event in LGBT Pride Month, which includes several other events. In 2012, the theme was Homofobia tem cura: educação e criminalização, meaning the cure for homophobia lies in education and criminalization. An important issue in 2012 is (PLC) 122/06, a bill aimed at classifying homophobia as a crime in Brazil. Another initiative APOGLBT supports is Homophobia-Free School, a project to prepare public school teachers to better understand diverse sexual orientations, promote equality and prevent homophobia among their students.
Every year since 2001, APOGLBT has recognized political and cultural initiatives which value the citizenship of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals with the Citizenship Award in Respect for Diversity. In 2012, the award ceremony was on June 8, two days before the parade. The award categories include politics, literature, civil rights, and sports, among others.
The Lesbian and Bisexual Walk organized by the Liga Brasileira de Lésbicas (Brazilian Lesbian League) is another important event on the LGBT Pride Month calendar.