Thousands of people marched through the
streets of Lima – the capital and largest city of Peru – for LGBT
rights on Saturday.
Marchers carrying rainbow flags and
posters called for marriage equality. Organizers said that they
wanted to send a message to Peru's next president.
“We want to push for full rights on
recognition, marriage equality, gender laws and hate crime laws,”
Gabriela Zavaleta, a spokesperson for Matrimonio Igualitario Peru,
told reporters at the march.
Out lawmaker Carlos Bruce told
demonstrators that those opposed to homosexuality don't have to sleep
with a gay man or lesbian “but they cannot discriminate, cannot
Congressman Carlos Bruce comes out gay.)
Currently, Peru does not recognize the
relationships of gay couples. Gay couples can marry in Argentina,
Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and parts of Mexico.