Thousands dance through streets of Berlin to celebrate same sex marriage, promote LGBT rights

Thousands danced through the streets of Berlin, many of them waving rainbow-coloured flags, as they promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights

Reuters July 23, 2017 16:16:47 IST
Thousands dance through streets of Berlin to celebrate same sex marriage, promote LGBT rights

Berlin: Thousands of revellers danced through the streets of Berlin on Saturday, many of them waving rainbow-coloured flags, as they promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in a Christopher Street Day parade.

Thousands dance through streets of Berlin to celebrate same sex marriage promote LGBT rights

People dance after the annual Gay Pride parade in Berlin. AP

Music blared out from trucks as people wearing multicoloured flowers round their necks, bright bows in their hair and costumes including a wedding dress, a candelabra and a Donald Trump mask made their way through the city.

The annual parade comes several weeks after Germany's parliament backed the legalisation of same-sex marriage in a historic vote, bringing the country into line with many other European nations including France, Britain and Spain.

"Same sex marriage is a step in the right direction but there is still a lot to do," said Samuel Monars-Bellmont, one of the revellers.

Christopher Street Day commemorates the riots that broke out in New York in 1969 after police raided a gay bar -- an event seen as a turning point for the gay rights movement. It has been celebrated in Germany since 1979.

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