By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com September 24 2013 3:00 AM ET
Sofia, Bulgaria: A woman waves a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride parade in central Sofia on September 21, 2013 as gays, lesbians and transsexuals march through the Bulgarian capital to protest against discrimination against homosexuals and call for their better integration into society.
Sofia, Bulgaria: People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in central Sofia on September 21.
Bratislava, Slovakia: Demonstrators take part in the Rainbow Pride Parade, a march for the human rights of non-heterosexual people and the celebration of LGBT pride on September 21.
Bratislava, Slovakia: Two women kiss during the Rainbow Pride Parade.
Bratislava, Slovakia: Demonstrators take part in the Rainbow Pride Parade.
Bratislava, Slovakia: Two men kiss during the Rainbow Pride Parade.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Members of the gay community affiliated to the LIBRE party participate in the commemoration of the 192nd anniversary of Honduras' independence on September 15.
Sapporo, Japan: The Rainbow March is a parade for LGBT people in Japan. Established in 1996, the event held in Sapporo, Hokkaido is the longest continuously run parade for LGBT people in the country.
Sapporo, Japan: Events and contests were held surrounding the Rainbow March.
Sapporo, Japan: Members of the crowd at the Rainbow March.
Sapporo, Japan: An event at the Rainbow March.
Sapporo, Japan: The Rainbow March.
Sapporo, Japan: Our friend Claire sent these photos from the Rainbow March. She writes:
"Today was sadly Sapporo’s last Rainbow March!...I walked with members of Stonewall Japan, a group for all LGBTQ ALTs and a myriad of drag queens, couples, supporters, and decked-out puppies throughout downtown Sapporo! We marched throughout Odori Park and Susukino following a float of singing and dancing drag queens we actually saw last night at a gay bar called 'Active One.'
"This was my first time attending a gay pride march and it was so much fun being able to show my support and share this moment with my friends and the LGBTQ community in Hokkaido! Lots of singing, dancing, waving, and posing for tons of pictures. I think they are also going to air footage of the march on TV this upcoming week!"
Havana, Cuba: LGBT Cubans in yellow participate in a campaign for the freedom of the Cuban 5, on September 12. Cuba has waged a long campaign to release the so-called Cuban Five, who were arrested in 1998 on charges of spying on U.S. military installations in south Florida.
Paris: Demonstrators wearing masks depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin kiss as they take part in a rally in front of the Russian embassy in Paris on September 8, to protest against antigay Russian laws.
Brussels, Belgium: Men kiss while taking part in a 'kiss-in' rally on September 8, to protest against the antigay Russian laws.