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PHOTOS: In-Your-Face Pride and Protest

PHOTOS: In-Your-Face Pride and Protest

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Russia's antigay laws seem to be having the opposite of their intended effect: The world is rallying for LGBT rights, and Pride celebrations are getting wilder and more outrageous.

From protests of Russia's antigay laws in Amsterdam to parades celebrating LGBT culture in Kathmandu, people around the world have proved the spirit of Pride is still alive and well.

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A demonstrator wears a T-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen August 20. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castle to the Russian embassy.

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Thousands of people protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen.

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Celebrants dance during Nepal's Fourth International Gay Pride parade in Kathmandu last Thursday. Scores of LGBT participants from across the country took part.

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Participants in Nepal's Fourth International Gay Pride parade in Kathmandu.

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Canadian employment and multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney (left) and new immigration minister Chris Alexander last Friday during the announcement of the site where a monument for the victims of Communism will be built in Ottawa. Alexander, who once worked at his country's embassy in Moscow, spoke out against the Russian antigay law. "I think it's important to keep speaking up against the voices in Russia that have taken the wrong position on this issue. We will continue to do that," Alexander said.

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The Copenhagen Pride Parade makes its way through the city Saturday. The march through the streets of the Danish capital is part of the annual LGBT Pride Week.


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Antigay activists hide their faces as they protest Saturday at the entrance of the Museum of Power in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the "Leaders" exhibition, devoted to the G-20 Summit. Protesters hold posters reading "I Am Not a Gay," "Homosexuality Is a Disease" and "Down With Gays!" The museum gave free admission to LGBT visitors.

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More of the Copenhagen Pride Parade.

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Glitter and be gay in Copenhagen at the annual Gay Pride Parade.

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Celebrants in Copenhagen cut loose.

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Women kiss during the Copenhagen Pride Parade Saturday.

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Over 2,000 people gather on the Museumplein in Amsterdam Sunday for the To Russia With Love event, a protest against a gala concert organized by the Russian state on the same square later that night.

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The To Russia With Love protest on the Museumplein in Amsterdam.

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