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EuroPride 2015: Thousands of people gather for gay pride parade in Riga

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Riga: Some 5,000 people took to the streets of the Latvian capital for a gay pride parade, the culminating event of the EuroPride 2015 week which took place here from June 15-20.

Dressed in colourful outfits and costumes, and holding flags and posters calling for the acceptance of different lifestyles, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, as well as their friends and supporters marched through the streets here to the beats of cheerful music on Saturday, Xinhua reported.

A crowd had also gathered to watch the parade, with some shouting their disapproval while others showing their support for the march.

The parade was joined by many guests from foreign countries as well, notably a number of ambassadors and politicians from European parliament.

Three arrests were made for what police described as minor disturbances of public order. Among those briefly detained was Andris Orols, the leader of a Latvian NGO, which staged a counter-demonstration against the EuroPride 2015 parade. (IANS)

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LGBT activists in London call for decriminalisation of homosexuality

LGBT activists in London denounce homophobia

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Activists gathered in London on Thursday for a protest denouncing homophobia and calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Commonwealth countries.

Images captured by an epa photojournalist on the ground showed members and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community holding placards outside of Commonwealth House as part of an action condemning homophobia, Efe reported.

“Homophobia is neo-colonialism, stop it,” and “Abolish colonial sodomy laws in the Commonwealth” were among the messages scrawled across the placards.

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The majority of countries in the Commonwealth still criminalize sexual acts between same-sex consenting adults.

United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he will broach the topic of gay rights during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was taking place in London from Monday to Friday.  IANS

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