Gay rights activists walk with a rainbow colored flag during a rally to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the first pride parade in the country, in Kolkata, India, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Thousands join gay pride parades around the world

June 29, 2019 - 12:16 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of people have turned out for gay pride celebrations across the world, including a boisterous march through the Mexican capital.

Rainbow flags and umbrellas swayed and music pounded as Saturday's march along Paseo de la Reforma got underway, with couples, families and activists seeking to raise visibility for sexual diversity in a country still plagued by macho attitudes.

Same-sex civil unions have been legal in Mexico City since 2007, and gay marriage since 2009. A handful of Mexican states have followed suit, and same-sex unions are supposed to be recognized nationwide.

Other LGBTQ celebrations took place from India to Europe, with more events planned for Sunday in New York and elsewhere around the globe.

In the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, U.S. Charge d'Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm attended.