An LGBT Pride rally and caravan was staged in Santo Domingo on Sunday, report local media in the Dominican Republic.
The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community marched along the seaside avenue Malecon Sunday, to demand inclusion of their right to health, education, respect, dignity and to make their existence in Dominican society viable.
With bright colored balloons on vehicles symbolizing the freedom they demand, and with bombastic garments, the demonstrators began their “Caravan of pride” parade from the Chat disco at 4 p.m., backing up traffics in some of the main avenues for blocks, stoking the curiosity of some citizens.
"We the homosexuals went out to express the pride that we feel for being what we are today, worthy and dignified human beings and liberated men and women, donned, as the heterosexuals, with values and talents," said Leonardo Sanchez, a member of one of the 25 organizations in the parade.
The upbeat and peaceful gathering was a far cry from the June 2009 Pride rally dispersed by riot police.
The Dominican Republic has made some recent strides on LGBT rights. The DR was one of 85 nations that signed the recent historic statement on LGBT rights at the United Nations. There will also be an LGBT film festival in November.
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