Thousands march in Puerto Rico on May 17th

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Thousands marched through the streets of the Puerto Rican capital on Friday in support of LGBT rights.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and Sen. Ramón Nieves Pérez, who sponsored the sweeping anti-LGBT non-discrimination bill the Senate on Thursday passed by a 15-11 vote margin, unfurled an LGBT Pride flag from the balcony of City Hall as marchers passed. She stood with members of Butterflies Trans Association, a trans advocacy group, while wearing a white hand band with the word “equity” on it as she spoke from the steps of the Puerto Rican capitol at the end of the march.
“I say from the bottom of my heart to those who are listening to us — all of Puerto Rico; we are all equal,” Yulín said.
Alicia Burgos, the mother of Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and his father spoke to marchers from the back of a pick-up truck that stopped near Plaza de Colón in Old San Juan. “We are marching against homophobia,” she said.

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