The Sao Paulo Brazil Gay Pride Parade (Parada do Orgulho Gay de Sao Paulo, Brasil) and its associated events are organized by the APOGLBT – Associacao da Parada do Orgulho de Gays, Lesbicas, Bissexuais e Travestis e Transexuais since its foundation in 1999.
For the upcoming 2013 Parade, to be held on Sunday June 02 at the same Avenida Paulista, the theme should again be related to the political debate on gay rights and citizenship, in an year where the gay community is trying to consolidate its many victories on marriage and same-sex rights in Brazil. The theme can also be centered on Homophobia where the gay communities are searching for a more just law for those who practice any form of violence based on sexual orientation.
A non-profit organization, the APOGLBT’s mission is to fight for a more just and inclusive society, which recognizes equal rights for all. The association has served to promote citizenship and self-esteem of LGBT by conducting and encouraging activities of all kinds.
The almost 17 years of success reflect the seriousness of the organization with its principles and goals.
The Month of LGBT Pride in Sao Paulo was born from the experience of organizing parades and has added more activities with the years such as The Cycle of Debates, the LGBT Cultural Fair, the Citizenship Award in Respect of Diversity, and the successful Gay Day, that happens on the Saturday before the main parade.
1st Parade – June 28, 1997
"We are many and we are in all professions.”
(Somos muitos, estamos em todas as profissões.)
2nd Parade – June 28, 1998
"The rights of gays, lesbians and transvestites are human rights.”
(Os direitos de gays, lésbicas e travestis sao direitos humanos.)
3rd Parade – June 27, 1999
"Gay Pride in Brazil, towards the year 2000.”
(Orgulho gay no Brasil, rumo ao ano 2000.)
4th Parade – June 25, 2000
“Celebrating the pride of living diversity.”
(Celebrando o orgulho de viver a diversidade.)
5th Parade – June 17, 2001
(Abraçando a diversidade.)
6th Parade – June 2, 2002
"Educating for Diversity.”
(Educating for diversity.)
7th Parade – June 22, 2003
"Building homosexual policies.”
(Construindo Políticas Homossexuais.)
1 million people
8th Parade – June 13, 2004
"We have family and pride.”
(Temos Família e Orgulho.)
1.8 million people
9th Parade – May 29, 2005
"Civil union, now! Equal rights: neither more nor less.”
(Parceria civil, já. Direitos iguais! Nem mais nem menos.)
2.5 million people
10th Parade – June 17, 2006
"Homophobia is a crime! Sexual rights are human rights.”
(Homofobia é crime! Direitos sexuais sao direitos humanos.)
3 million people
11th Parade – June 10, 2007
"In a world without sexism, racism and homophobia!”
(Por um mundo sem machismo, racismo e homofobia!)
3.5 million people
12th Parade – May 28, 2008
"Homophobia kills! For a true secular state!”
(Homofobia mata! Por um Estado laico de fato!)
3.4 million people.
13th Parade – June 14, 2009
"Without Homophobia, More Citizenship!”
(Sem Homofobia. Mais Cidadania!)
3.1 million people.
14th Parade – June 6, 2010
"Vote against Homophobia: Defend Citizenship!”
(Vote contra a homofobia: defenda a cidadania!)
3.3 million people.
15th Parade – June 6, 2011
"Love one Another. Enough with Homophobia."
(Amai-vos uns aos outros: basta de homofobia.)
4.1 million people.
16th Parade – June 10, 2012
"Homophobia has a cure: Education and criminalization"
(Homofobia tem cura: Educação e criminalização.)
17th Parade – June 02, 2013
Back to the closet, never again! Union and awareness in the fight against homophobia.
(Para o armário, nunca mais! União e conscientização na luta contra homofobia.
The board of the Association is composed of elected volunteers, with a term of two years.
The current team, in office since January 2008, is composed of: