June marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots in New York City, an event that helped crystalize the modern-day LGBT rights movement as we know it. Pride Month is a chance to make visible the issues that the LGBT community still faces and to celebrate how far we’ve come.
In this spirit, we’ve partnered with MasterCard to show you how cities around the world are publicly showing their pride. Whether you’re in San Francisco or Sao Paulo, the message is abundantly clear:
No matter where you are in the world, MasterCard is there for you. We’ll say it again: #AcceptanceMatters.
San Francisco, Calif.
Madrid Pride puts the country’s rich culture on display. The week of events and Pride Parade are held statewide, meaning that LGBT organizations all over Spain come together in a giant celebration. (And we mean giant — 2 million people are expected at this year’s parade, held on July 2.) Our personal favorite event? La Carrera de Tacones, a road race in which men scurry to the finish line in high heels.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Organized in 1980, the international Gay Games celebrate LGBT athletes and allies. According to the official rules, the games are open to all athletes regardless of“sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status.” The games have been held in San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Sydney, Amsterdam, Cologne and Chicago (pictured above), and Cleveland will be celebrating this August.