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Here Are Some Of The Best Moments From Pride 2023 Around The World

Here’s a look back at some of the biggest events from Pride 2023.

From the streets of London and Kathmandu to Seoul and Bogotá, thousands of people around the world took part in marches, parades and protests to mark LGBTQ Pride Month in June.

Here’s a look back at some of the biggest events from Pride 2023.

1. Bangkok, Thailand

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Thai drag queens march in a Pride parade on June 04, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of people attend Thailand’s Bangkok pride including front-runner for prime minister, Pita Limjaroenrat, who has promised to legalize same-sex marriage.

In June 2022, Thai lawmakers passed a first reading of four different bills on same-sex unions, including two bills that would allow same-sex marriages and two others that would permit civil partnerships.

A committee will now examine the bills in detail and consolidate them into two proposals, with MPs choosing between civil partnerships or same-sex marriage.

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Pita Limaroenrat, leader of the Move Forward party and Prime Ministerial candidate, greets supporters before a speech during a Pride parade on June 04, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Limajaroenrat, whose progressive Move Forward party, secured the most votes out of any part in the general elections in May 2023, has promised to legalize same-sex marriage if he becomes prime minister.

If legalized, Thailand would become the third country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage after Taiwan and Nepal.

2. Warsaw, Poland

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw to demand the right-wing government stop attacking LGBTQ rights.

The demonstration comes just weeks after half a million people in Poland held an unprecedented protest against the Law and Justice party.

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Since it came to power in 2015, the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party has been eroding democracy and attacking human rights.

Same-sex relationships are not legally recognized in Poland, which is predominantly Catholic.

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In recent years, with the government’s support, more than 90 regions in Poland declared themselves to be “LGBT-free” zones – areas that are unwelcoming of “LGBTQ ideology”.

LGBTQ rights in Poland is now one of the worst in European Union countries, according to the 2021 report by ILGA-Europe, a leading LGBTQ advocacy group.

3. Bogotá, Colombia

As Pride month drew to an end, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in a massive LGBTQ pride march.

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Demonstrators kiss during the international pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, July 2, 2023. (Photo by Sebastian Barros/NurPhoto)

Bogotá’s first lesbian mayor, Claudia Lopez said it was the biggest pride parade in Colombia’s history.

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BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – 2023/07/02: A woman with a banner with a rainbow flag is seen during the Pride parade in Bogotá. (Photo by Antonio Cascio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Pride parades also took place in other cities including Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla.

4. Kathmandu, Nepal

During Pride month in 2023, Nepal became the first least developed country to legalize same-sex marriage.

This came after the country’s Supreme Court issued a temporary order to allow same-sex marriages on Wednesday June 28.

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Members of Nepal’s LGBTQ community take part in a Pride Parade in Kathmandu on August 16, 2019. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, same-sex couples and people who identify as third gender can register their marriage and enjoy the same rights as heterosexual married couples.

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Activists and youths from LGBTQ community takes part in the annual pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 June, 2023. (Photo by Rojan Shrestha/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nepal has now become the second country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after Taiwan.

5. Istanbul, Turkey

Activist holds LGBTQ flag during pride march in Istanbul, Turkey.
That March, which was planned to be held in Istanbul, was banned by the governor’s office. (Photo by Hakan Akgun/ dia images via Getty Images)

More than 149 people were detained in Istanbul as activists defied a ban on Pride to hold a march on June 25.

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A couple seen kissing along the street. (Photo by Mine Toz/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Turkish government has suppressed the event since 2015.

6. Rome, Italy

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ROME, ITALY – JUNE 1: Demonstrators hold signs as they take part in a protest in support of LGBTQ+ rights organised by Priot Pride, at Centocelle neighborhood, prior the Pride Parade on June 1, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Stefano Montesi – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

In Rome, thousands of people marched and protested against the far-right prime minister attacking LGBTQ rights.

In May, far-right prime minister Giorgia Meloni, who was elected in September 2022, started restricting the parental rights of same-sex couples.

Although she emphasized being a woman and mother on her campaign trail, she has voiced opposition to abortion, euthanasia and same-sex relationships.

“Yes to the natural family, no to the LGBT lobby, yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology… no to Islamist violence, yes to secure borders, no to massive migration, Meloni said in a speech in Spain in June.

Although same-sex marriage is legal in Italy, Meloni told the local government in Milan to stop registering non-biological parents in same-sex couples.

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ROME, ITALY – JUNE 10: People attend the Rome Pride Parade 2023 for LGBTQ+ rights, on June 10, 2023 in Rome, Italy. The right-wing regional administration of the Lazio region has pulled its sponsorship from the Rome Pride parade 2023 over its opposition to surrogacy. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)

By refusing to recognize parental rights of same-sex couples, the government is thus complicating the everyday lives of thousands of families, preventing non-biological parents from accessing schooling services and authorizing medical treatments to leaving children with the prospect of becoming orphaned in extreme scenarios. 

7. Seoul, South Korea

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People attend a Pride event in support of LGBTQ rights, during the Seoul Queer Culture Festival, in Seoul on July 1, 2023. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Roughly 50,000 people showed up for the Pride march in Seoul, despite the city government denying the parade organizers a prime spot and gave it to an anti-LGBTQ Christian group instead.

In 2023, the country officially recognized same-sex couples’ rights for the first time after a gay couple sued South Korea’s health insurance for denying them partner status and won.

The supreme court ruled in February that its national health insurance must cover same-sex partners, after So Seong-wook and Kim Yong-min, a same-sex couple, brought forward a case when one partner was denied insurance cover as a dependent of his partner.

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People attend a Pride event in support of LGBTQ rights, during the Seoul Queer Culture Festival, in Seoul on July 1, 2023. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

In its ruling, the court argued that the decision to deny the benefit to same-sex couples could be considered discrimination, given that the national health insurance had previously granted the benefit to civil unions.

In June, the country also proposed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Another bill legalizing civil partnerships has also been proposed as an alternative to marriage.

8. Helsinki, Finland

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A girl in a rainbow wreath dances as she takes part in the Pride parade in Helsinki on July 1, 2023. (Photo by Takimoto Marina/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

About 100,000 people braved the rain to take part in LGBTQ Pride celebrations in Helsinki.

In February, Finland made it easier for people to legally change their gender.

The new law will allow people over 18 to choose their legal gender on official documents without undergoing invasive medical and psychological procedures.

Individuals can now use a declaration to change their gender on official documents.

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Drag queen participants in the Helsinki pride parade enjoy a light moment as they wait for the start of the parade on July 1, 2023 (Photo by Takimoto Marina/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The new law includes a 30-day “reflection period” in which people can change their minds.

The law passed on Wednesday Feb. 1 by 113 to 69 votes and has been a priority for the country, according to Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin.

9. Toronto, Canada

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Thousands of people gathered in downtown Toronto to celebrate Gay Pride March 2023, walking through the main streets of the city in support of the LGBTTTIQ+ community. (Photo by Arturo Hernández / Eyepix Group)

Toronto’s annual pride parade was attended by thousands of people, including the city’s first Chinese-Canadian mayor, Olivia Chow.

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Toronto Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow take part in the Annual Toronto Pride Parade on June 25, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Harold Feng/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has attended Toronto Pride previously, missed this year’s event as he was at a summit in Iceland.

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Thousands of people gathered in downtown Toronto to celebrate 2023 LGBTQ Pride, walking through the main streets of the city in support of the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Arturo Hernández / Eyepix Group)

10. Jerusalem

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People participate in the 21st annual LGBTQ Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance on June 01, 2023 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Despite heavy police presence, a larger than usual number of people attended pride in Jerusalem in a show of force against the new far-right government.

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People kiss during the 21st annual LGBTQ Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance on June 01, 2023 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

11. London, UK

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Representatives of Rainbows Across Borders take part in the Pride in London parade on 1 July 2023 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)

At Pride in London, activists marched in solidarity with LGBTQ people in Uganda, which passed a law that jails people for life for having gay sex.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, but the law further cracks down on being LGBTQ in the deeply conservative and religious country.

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LGBTQ activist Peter Tatchell and participants hold placards opposing Uganda’s anti LGBTQ laws while marching at the Parade. (Photo by Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Under the law, people who have gay sex would face life imprisonment and just attempting same-sex relations could result in seven years in prison.

People who commit “aggravated homosexuality”, which involves having gay sex while being HIV positive or with people under the age of 18, could face the death penalty.

12. Pristina, Kosovo

A woman holds an LGBTQ flag during Kosovo's pride march
A participant waves a rainbow colored flag takes part in a Pride Parade in Pristina, on June 10, 2023. (Photo by ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands of people gathered around the slogan “I love you as you are!”.

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A couple kisses under soap bubbles as they take part in a Pride Parade in Pristina, on June 10, 2023. (Photo by ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

This is Kosovo’s seventh pride march.

13. São Paulo, Brazil

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Aerial view of the 27th Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, taken on June 11, 2023. (Photo by MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Brazil continued its tradition of holding one of the world’s biggest pride events, attracting people from all around the world.

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Revelers take part in the 27th Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 11, 2013. (Photo by MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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