Gay Kissing Rally - The Pope in Brazil - World Youth Walk 2013

Rio de Janeiro: Check out the protest and kissing rally led by transfeminsts and LGBT people on July 22nd, 2013 on Largo do Machado (a traditional square in Rio), followed up by a walk as far as the Guanabara Palace, where Pope Francis gave his first official speech in Brazil.

Organized by a group of LGBT citizens over Facebook, the protest was not labeled with any LGBT advocacy groups' names. According to one of the organizers, the protest had been planned since the previous Pope Benedictus XVI gave a speech in the end of 2012, saying that same-sex partners' families were a threat to the world and that we are the evil in the world.

"There is no interest in meeting up with the Pope, we have nothing to demand from the church. We do not want or need any religion to legitimate our sexualities. We just want them to be respected. (...) People usually don't link religious statements with the killing of Transvestites and Transexuals, or with the aggressions suffered by lesbians and gay men, as if physical violence did not find in the religious approach,which assaults on our sexualities, enough moralist support." - says one of the organizers.

Some of the organizers


The banner reads: Get out of the closet