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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

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Thousands Celebrate Annual Rio Gay Pride

Thousands of revelers took part in Rio de Janeiro's 21st Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach on Sunday.

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Revelers attend Rio de Janeiro's 21st Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec. 11, 2016. 

Marchers called for expanded rights and protection from violence for those in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Two women kiss during the parade. 

The focus of this year's parade was for the approval of a bill which would require Brazil's public health system (SUS) and private health plans to pay for hormonal treatments and sex-change surgeries to all those over eighteen years of age.

 

 

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Revelers celebrate. 

Despite a reputation for sexual tolerance, Brazil has a high rate of homophobic attacks.

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Revelers take part in the parade at Copacabana beach.

 

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Revelers dance and celebrate as music blasts from sound trucks on the beach's promenade.

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Revelers celebrate with the LGBT pride flag.
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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

A man suspected of having snatched an attendees property is arrested by police officers.
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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

People wear feathered angel wings during the Parade.
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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Revelers at the Parade.
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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

The parade moved along the beachfront with a 124-meter long rainbow flag.

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Image: Revelers take part in the 21st Rio LGBT pride parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

A reveler poses at during the parade.
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