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UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2012 (IPS) - On Saturday, Jun. 9 2012, the annual Capital Pride Parade brought together hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people marching with their allies in the sunny streets of Washington DC.
“I am always amazed by the diversity of the people who attend age, ethnicity, gender, colour. It truly is a rainbow,” Missy Toms, director of external affairs for Capital Pride, told IPS.
“In addition to the groups you would expect to participate in the parade, we have local and national businesses, churches, politicians, schools, families and community groups marching,” Toms added.
The event, voted DC’s best parade by the residents of the Washington DC area, benefits from the participation of dozens of volunteers who help control the situation.
On the following day, the Capital Pride Festival brought together more than 200,000 people who showed their support to the LGBT community with different concerts and events taking place in front of the Capitol.
“Capital Pride is a chance for the entire community, gay or straight, to come together and celebrate who we are as one humanity.
I look forward to the legalization of gay marriage in all fifty states, that will be a celebration,” Toms told IPS.
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