QUITO – LGTBI collectives held a Gay Pride march on Saturday in Quito, where they celebrated diversity and recognized new challenges they face, 20 years after homosexuality in the Andean country was decriminalized.
The Parque de la Alameda in the Ecuadorian capital was the starting point of the march, which brought together more than 3,000 people, among whom were numerous foreigners.
Marchers at the front of the parade carried a huge rainbow flag, while some played drums, and many carried colorful balloons and Gay Pride badges.
Two other similar flags followed the main procession, one of them carried by a group of young people, who at the cry of “one, two, three,” ran vigorously along the route.
“I am a woman, but I do not want to be a mother,” “I do not want to die for being trans” or “We are diverse, visible and proud” were some of the banners of the march.
Drag queens in flashy clothing also joined the event, and were replete with sequined hats, feather scarves and shirts with the phrase “Love is love.”
Half a dozen young people disguised as Egyptians stood on a truck, accompanied at different times of the journey by three trucks converted into musical floats, also known as “chivas.”
The event also promoted solidarity and social criticism, with a sign that read, “Supporting diversity and promoting rights and inclusion #ConLosRefugiados LGTBI.”