June 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
PHOTOS: Pride around the world
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LGBT Pride is celebrated across the world.

Parades, protests and forums are among the myriad ways that LGBT rights advocates around the world celebrate Pride.

More than 200,000 people took part in the annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade in Israel on June 3. As the Middle East’s largest Pride event was underway, an LGBT rights advocate in the Libyan city of Benghazi who survived an attack by militants who later pledged their allegiance to the so-called Islamic State emailed the Washington Blade a picture of a piece of paper with rainbow colors and “Benghazi Pride” written onto it by hand.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17 by illuminating her country’s Presidential Palace in rainbow colors. Russian police less than three weeks earlier detained more than two dozen LGBT rights advocates who took part in May Day celebrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Blade has compiled images that show how LGBT rights advocates commemorate Pride in their respective countries.

Amsterdam

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The 20th annual Amsterdam Canal Parade took place on Aug. 1, 2015. It is among the largest and most recognizable Pride events in the world. (Photo by Jeroen Ploeger)

Belize

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Organizers of a forum at the University of the West Indies in Belize City, Belize, on May 17, 2016, that commemorated this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia served rainbow cupcakes to attendees. Religious groups from the U.S. continue to oppose efforts to repeal the Central American country’s sodomy law. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Orozco/United Belize Advocacy Movement)

Benghazi

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An LGBT rights advocate in the Libyan city of Benghazi commemorates Pride month in his apartment with a handwritten sign. The activist told the Washington Blade during an interview last month that the three militants who attacked his car in 2014 later swore allegiance to the so-called Islamic State. (Photo submitted)

Canada

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raises the rainbow flag over the Canadian Parliament on June 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Pam Lambo/Canadian Embassy in the U.S.)

Chile

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, 2016, by illuminating the country’s Presidential Palace in rainbow colors. (Photo courtesy of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation)

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, 2016, by illuminating the country’s Presidential Palace in rainbow colors. (Photo courtesy of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation)

Cuba

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Hundreds took part in a march in the city of Matanzas on May 17, 2016, that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The National Center for Sexual Education, which is directed by Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, organized the event. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Cyprus

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A woman participates in Cyprus’ first LGBT Pride parade that took place in the country’s capital of Nicosia on May 31, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Alexandros Ioannou/Accept – LGBT Cyprus)

Hong Kong

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LGBT rights advocates take part in the annual Hong Kong Pride Parade on Nov. 8, 2015 (Photo courtesy of Mia/Hong Kong Pride Parade)

India

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A man holds a sign during the eighth annual Delhi Queer Pride on Nov. 29, 2015, that acknowledges the LGBT Dalits, who are part of the lowest caste in India’s social hierarchy. (Photo courtesy of Akhil Kang)

Israel

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A woman dances at a party during Tel Aviv Pride Parade on June 3, 2016. More than 200,000 people attended the event, which is the largest Pride parade in the Middle East. (Photo by Guy Yechiely)

Jamaica

Two police officers stand outside a Pride party in Kingston, Jamaica, on Aug. 5, 2015. Consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized in the country, but LGBT rights advocates have become more visible in recent years in spite of persistent violence and discrimination. (Photo courtesy of J-FLAG)

Two police officers stand outside a Pride party in Kingston, Jamaica, on Aug. 5, 2015. Consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized in the country, but LGBT rights advocates have become more visible in recent years in spite of persistent violence and discrimination. (Photo courtesy of J-FLAG)

Lebanon

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A man takes part in a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 15, 2016, that marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (Photo courtesy of Beirut Syndrome)

Nepal

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Three transgender women participate in the Miss Pink 2016 pageant in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 17, 2016. The event took place on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (Photo courtesy of Manisha Dhakal/Blue Diamond Society)

Philippines

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A group of LGBT rights advocates prepare to march on May 2, 2016. They took to the streets a week before their country’s elections to demand that the Philippine government do more to promote LGBT-specific issues. (Photo courtesy of Dindi Tan)

Poland

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Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa speaks about religion and homosexuality at Gay Village, a Pride-related event in Rome, on June 2, 2016. The gay Polish priest came out last October before Catholic bishops gathered at the Vatican to discuss the family and to vote on a document that reaffirmed the church’s opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples. (Photo courtesy of Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa)

Puerto Rico

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Participants in a parade in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, 2013, carry crosses to highlight religious-based discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Russia

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LGBT rights advocates attended a May Day commemoration in Moscow on May 1, 2016. Police detained more than two dozen activists who took part in marches in the Russian capital and in St. Petersburg. (Photo courtesy of Nikolay Kavkazskiy)

Tunisia

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A sign spray-painted onto a wall asks Tunisian lawmakers when they will repeal Article 230 of their country’s penal code that criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual relations. Those who have been arrested and charged under the law have undergone so-called anal tests to determine whether they are gay. (Photo submitted)

Uganda

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LGBT rights advocates gather in Kampala, Uganda, before a Pride event last year. President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to sign the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2014 sparked outrage across the world. (Photo courtesy of Uganda Pride)

Ukraine

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A Ukrainian nationalist attacks a police officer during an LGBT Pride march in Kiev, Ukraine, on June 6, 2015. Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry is scheduled to take part in Pride commemorations in the capital of the former Soviet republic this month. (Photo courtesy of Bogdan Globa/Fulcrum)

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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