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50,000 Marched In Chile Gay Pride

50,000 people marched through the streets of Chile’s capital Santiago on Saturday to support gay rights and sexual diversity.

Nathan Frandino from Santiago Times has the report:

The march celebrated gay pride and sought to galvanize support for Chile?s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh), the rally?s organizer, was also demanding an anti-discrimination law to protect LGBT Chileans and recognition of civil unions for homosexual couples, a campaign promise of President Sebasti?n Pi?era.

Together, the group marched from Plaza Italia to Paseo Bulnes, singing along to American pop star Lady Gaga, cheering on a group of drag queens dancing on top an 18-wheeler and shouting slogans in support of civil unions.

Andrea Orellana, 37, said despite Saturday?s strong turnout, Chile still has a long way to go. She said homosexuals are still seen as ?sick people.?

?The situation here in Chile is that homosexuals still have very little acceptance by society because it?s a very conservative state with a very influential Catholic Church,? she said.

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