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Bernie Sanders joins New Hampshire Pride march as millions enjoy LGBTQ celebrations worldwide

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders showed his support for the LGBTQ community by marching in a New Hampshire Pride parade Saturday. 

The Vermont senator was seen posing for pictures and chatting with attendees as he marched in the Nashua Pride Festival in Nashua, New Hampshire.   

As the crowd of his supporters trooped along around him, they could be heard chanting ‘Bernie! Bernie!,’ ‘Equal rights for all!,’ and ‘Hey hey, ho ho, transphobia’s got to go!,’ according to the Boston Globe. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders marched in New Hampshire’s Nashua Pride Festival Saturday, showing support for the LGBTQ community

Sanders (left) posed for pictures, chatted and shook hands with Pride march goers during the event

Sanders (left) posed for pictures, chatted and shook hands with Pride march goers during the event

Sanders' (center) supporters were heard chanting 'Bernie! Bernie!' and 'Equal rights for all!' as they marched through the streets during the parade

Sanders’ (center) supporters were heard chanting ‘Bernie! Bernie!’ and ‘Equal rights for all!’ as they marched through the streets during the parade

People who were watching the parade were heard shouting 'Good luck, Bernie!' as he passed by. He responded by saying 'Thank you'

People who were watching the parade were heard shouting ‘Good luck, Bernie!’ as he passed by. He responded by saying ‘Thank you’

People watching the parade were said to have shouted ‘Good luck, Bernie!’ as he passed by, to which Sanders replied, ‘Thank you!’ 

New York City, in which four million people are expected to gather for Sunday’s WorldPride march, saw multiple Pride events Saturday including the 38th annual Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run, which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest pride charity run, thanks to its 10,236 participants, according to ABC 7.  

LGBTQ youth and allies filled Central Park for the Youth Pride event, at which Ava Max and other performed. Just a few streets over, at Pier 97’s Pride Island, Kim Petras and Amara La Negra were among those hitting the stage. 

Lightning and heavy rain led the NYPD to temporary evacuate both Youth Pride and Pride Island events, which were jam packed at about 5pm. About an hour and a half later, however, Pride Island was reopened and concert goers were allowed back into the venue, where Grace Jones would be headlining later in the evening.  

Millions of members of the LGBTQ community and allies around the world, from Mexico City to North Macedonia, also took to the streets Saturday, adorned in rainbow colors and glitter to celebrate the Gay Pride. 

Rainbow flags and umbrellas swayed and music pounded as the march along Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma avenue got underway, with couples, families and activists seeking to raise visibility for sexual diversity in the country. 

New York City's Central Park played host to a Youth Pride event, featuring music performances and more, aimed at LGBTQ youth and allies Saturday

New York City’s Central Park played host to a Youth Pride event, featuring music performances and more, aimed at LGBTQ youth and allies Saturday

A Youth Pride event goer shows off a giant rainbow flag while standing beneath a giant rainbow arch

A Youth Pride event goer shows off a giant rainbow flag while standing beneath a giant rainbow arch

The Youth Pride event (pictured) and nearby Pier 97's Pride Island were temporarily evacuated by police at about 5pm due to lightening

The Youth Pride event (pictured) and nearby Pier 97’s Pride Island were temporarily evacuated by police at about 5pm due to lightening

A view of the rainbow crosswalk during Lightbox X Coolhaus Pride Event at Stonewall Inn Saturday

A view of the rainbow crosswalk during Lightbox X Coolhaus Pride Event at Stonewall Inn Saturday 

In Paris, the 5.5-kilometre march starts at Tour Montparnasse and passes the Notre Dame en route to the Bastille

In Paris, the 5.5-kilometre march starts at Tour Montparnasse and passes the Notre Dame en route to the Bastille

In Gijon, Spain, hundreds took part in the march today which saw a man in leather in a cell partying at the front

In Gijon, Spain, hundreds took part in the march today which saw a man in leather in a cell partying at the front

A couple kiss at a Pride march in Barcelona on a day where millions around the world celebrated their sexuality

A couple kiss at a Pride march in Barcelona on a day where millions around the world celebrated their sexuality

Same-sex civil unions have been legal in Mexico City since 2007, and gay marriage since 2009. A handful of Mexican states have also legalized same-sex unions, which are supposed to be recognized nationwide. But pride participants said Mexico has a long way to go in becoming a more tolerant and accepting place for LGBTQ individuals.

‘There’s a lot of machismo, a lot of ignorance still,’ said Monica Nochebuena, who identifies as bisexual.

Nochebuena, 28, attended the Mexico City march for the first time with her mother and sister on Saturday, wearing a shirt that said: ‘My mama already knows.’ Her mother’s shirt read: ‘My daughter already told me.’

Human rights activist Jose Luis Gutierrez, 43, said the march is about visibility, and rights, especially for Mexico’s vulnerable transgender population. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says that poverty, exclusion and violence reduce life expectancy for trans women in the Americas to 35 years.  

Many revelers wore fancy dress but this pair took it to the next level with their botanical themed appearance

Many revelers wore fancy dress but this pair took it to the next level with their botanical themed appearance

Around the world, millions of people have been participating in Gay Pride marches this weekend such as this loving couple in Barcelona

Around the world, millions of people have been participating in Gay Pride marches this weekend such as this loving couple in Barcelona

In Lisbon, thousands lined the streets under a massive rainbow flag at the annual event which takes place on the final weekend of June

In Lisbon, thousands lined the streets under a massive rainbow flag at the annual event which takes place on the final weekend of June

In Milan, a reveler holds a placard which says, 'I won't apologize for who I am' as she joins millions around the world in marching to show support for LGBT community

In Milan, a reveler holds a placard which says, ‘I won’t apologize for who I am’ as she joins millions around the world in marching to show support for LGBT community

Many of the participants at Pride brought rainbow flags but these two in Barcelona took it a step further by painting themselves from head to toe

Many of the participants at Pride brought rainbow flags but these two in Barcelona took it a step further by painting themselves from head to toe

In the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm attended the first pride march there in a festive and incident-free atmosphere despite a countermarch organized by religious and ‘pro-family’ organizations.

People from across Macedonia took part, along with marchers from neighboring Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia and other countries.

‘This year Skopje joined more than 70 Pride (marches) and the USA are very proud to be part of this,’ Schweitzer-Bluhm told reporters. ‘There is a lot of progress here in North Macedonia but still a lot has to be done.’

In Paraguay, about 2,000 people marched through the capital some carrying signs saying ‘Universities Free of Homophobia’ and ‘Equal Rights.’

The gay pride march came on the same day that conservative Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez tweeted: ‘We will defend the family as the basis of society and the protection of life from conception.’

In Paris, revellers had to contend with soaring temperatures before a friendly firefighter sprayed a hose over the crowd. An estimated 500,000 people gathered for the march, which ran from Montparnasse to Republique, according to RFI.  

In Paris, a woman poses with a group of five men as they had to contend with the searing heat in leather clothing as the European heatwave continued

In Paris, a woman poses with a group of five men as they had to contend with the searing heat in leather clothing as the European heatwave continued

This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots which sparked the Pride movement and the fight for gay liberation

This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots which sparked the Pride movement and the fight for gay liberation

Many took the opportunity to wear fabulous fancy dress such as this artful participant who covered his body in glitter

Many took the opportunity to wear fabulous fancy dress such as this artful participant who covered his body in glitter

In Barcelona, a participant in the march wore a fetching Versace dress on the day which celebrates individuality and diversity

In Barcelona, a participant in the march wore a fetching Versace dress on the day which celebrates individuality and diversity

A participant in Barcelona holds a placard which reads, 'Missing Obama' in reference to Donald Trump's White House

A participant in Barcelona holds a placard which reads, ‘Missing Obama’ in reference to Donald Trump’s White House

A rainbow umbrella lies near placards for a Pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal, which translate terms for people within the LGBT community

A rainbow umbrella lies near placards for a Pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal, which translate terms for people within the LGBT community

In the Philippines, a reveler at a March covered half of their face with make-up and a wig and rainbow-colored eye shadow for a stunning effect

In the Philippines, a reveler at a March covered half of their face with make-up and a wig and rainbow-colored eye shadow for a stunning effect

North Macedonia held its first ever Gay Pride today, and a participant here is seen blowing a whistle at the 'Skopje Pride'

North Macedonia held its first ever Gay Pride today, and a participant here is seen blowing a whistle at the ‘Skopje Pride’

But the march saw anti-protests organised by the Orthodox Christian Priest and NGOs in North Macedonia

But the march saw anti-protests organised by the Orthodox Christian Priest and NGOs in North Macedonia

For the first time ever, Dublin’s Pride parade Saturday saw police officers from Northern Ireland joining the more than 150 groups marching in what was believed to be one of the biggest Pride celebrations in recent years, according to the BBC. 

Tens of thousands of spectators were said to have flocked to Dublin’s city center for the parade, which featured a surprise performance by Riverdance, while activist and artist Will St. Leger served as the grand marshal, the Irish Times reported.    

This year is particularly significant as it marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots which began on June 28, 1969.

The demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn in New York City are considered to be one of the most defining moments in the gay rights movement. 

The following year, gay liberation movements in the US marched as a show of their solidarity which has continued every year since.

The marches usually take place around the last weekend in June and this year has seen celebrations take place in cities across the world.  

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