A brief history of São Paulo Pride
Known as La Parada do Orgulho GLBT de São Paulo in Portuguese, São Paulo Pride started back in 1997 and has been organized by the APOGLBT (Associação da Parada do Orgulho de Gays, Lesbicas, Bissexuais e Travestis e Transexuais) ever since. Now, it’s officially recognized as one of the biggest Pride parades in the world. Unofficially, many also consider it the best.
But what shaped São Paulo into one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly destinations in the world? “I think because we were one of the first cities in the southern hemisphere to introduce a law to protect our gay citizens (it's considered a crime to discriminate against gay citizens for showing affection in public places) people feel encouraged to be themselves,” Danilo says.
How São Paulo celebrates Pride
Brazil doesn’t take partying lightly and Pride is no exception. São Paulo Pride typically kicks off weeks before the main parade works its way down Avenida Paulista. Look out for debates, concerts, plays, dance, street markets, and more, before snagging a spot on the march route to watch dancers, drag queens, and participants take over downtown São Paulo with their trio elétricos (themed floats).
The importance of Pride
Growing up alongside LGBTQ+ friends who were taught that being gay was wrong or something to be embarrassed about, Danilo has thought a lot about the importance of Pride over the years: “Pride means showing the world that it’s OK to be gay. It doesn’t change you as a person. It doesn’t make you less or more. It means you deserve the same respect as anyone else. Being gay is being who you are.”