By Daniel Infante Tuaño
Painted the town rainbow.
This is what lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender did during the annual Pride Parade in Barcelona, Spain.
Colorful costumes and flamboyant acts were showed off to the delight of the public as the participants marched from the whole stretch of Avenida Parallel to Plaza España.
Latina transgender dressed in revealing showgirl outfits and clad in stilettos flaunted what they got while proudly waving a flag of Colombia.
Lesbian motorcycles made noise and came in droves.
Straight-looking gay men with sculpted bodies along with athletic, hairy macho men made even the female spectators blushing.
Nimfa, a Filipina resident in Barcelona, enjoyed the parade as she saw shirtless men dancing and equally enjoying themselves half-naked and being seen.
What also caught the attention even the performers was the gay superhero couple from the crowd, Batman and Robin dressed in nothing but body paint.
Amidst the revelry, many issues that have continued to hound the LGBT sector were brought to the attention of the public.
The participants carried banners denouncing hate and violence suffered by members of the LGBT community and demanded for a Spanish law against homophobia and transphobia.
Kids who joined the parade with their same sex parents made more visible the existence of gay families.
“People should be more open-minded,” said Joy Laygo, another Filipina resident in Barcelona, who witnessed the event with her daughter after coming from work.She wanted her daughter at an early age to be aware of equal rights. “I hope Filipino gays also participate in the future,” she added.
Spanish participants, on the other hand, had more reasons to be prouder in this year’s Pride Parade and as one banner said,”the French ‘copied’ us and now the Americans”referring to recent protest-hit legalization of same sex marriages in France and the latest US Supreme Court decision to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Edited version published on ABS-CBNnews.com