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Barbados hosts its first Pride parade

GOT PRIDE: Barbados Pride 2018 (Photo credit: Krystal Hoyte/The Nation. Courtesy of Ro-Ann Mohammed)

BARBADOS hosted their first Pride Parade this week, as they celebrated equality, inclusion, diversity and love.

The march took place in Bridgetown and saw islanders come out in full force despite resistance from some church authorities.

The pride parade saw more than 120 people—members of the local LGBT+ community, allies and even a few tourists—marching and dancing through the streets in all the fabulousness you can expect from the Caribbean location of 280,000 people famous for its carnival festivities.

According to Pink News religious opposition to the march was publicly expressed last week, when local church leaders called a press conference and claimed that support for the LGBT “agenda” is a form of “neocolonialism,” opposed to “the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve.”

Barbados still criminalises homosexuality, with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment—although this is rarely enforced. The island’s Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has said gay people in the country should be “left alone” but, at the same time, he also opposed same-sex marriage.

However on the day of the parade, there was nothing but smiles and celebration – and of course, lots and lots of colour.

Check out some of the images below:

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