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Mexico City hosts biggest event of its kind in Latin America

Mexico City hosts biggest event of its kind in Latin America

LatinaLista — Something big is happening in Mexico City this weekend.
It is a festival celebrating something that not that long ago people only whispered about, but has grown to be the biggest event of its kind in Latin America.

This Saturday, June 28, is the 30th Anniversary of Mexico City's Gay Pride event. The theme of the march is "Marching for Equality."
Anyone who is a casual observer of Mexico's telenovelas can't help but notice how gay characters have gained acceptance in the country's top entertainment programming. Given the influence telenovelas have over the society-at-large, it makes sense that gays, lesbians and transgenders have felt more at ease in "coming out of the closet."
Maybe for that reason, crowd estimates for Saturday's parade are projected to be half a million people.
The parade activities begin at 11 a.m. near the Angel of Independence monument ending at el Zócalo Capitalino followed for the rest of the afternoon with planned activities.
And while the parade is being touted as an opportunity for the country's gay population to come together to show their mutual support for one another, it is also a time, say parade organizers, to elevate awareness of this demographic and the homophobia and lack of legal rights they face on a daily basis.
All in all, Latina Lista sources tell us that it's one wild time that people of all ages and sexual persuasions enjoy and don't soon forget.

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