A man carries a heart that reads in Spanish "Love and let love" at a gay pride parade in Lima, Peru, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Gays, lesbians and transgenders are holding gay pride parades worldwide this month as part of annual demonstrations demanding equal rights and to protest discrimination. (AP Photo/Sebastian Castaneda) (AP)

AP PHOTOS: Gay pride celebrations around the world


June 30, 2014 9:45AM (UTC)

For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of pride and celebration.

Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protests. In the United States, much of the celebrations have focused on a string of victories in states where gay marriage bans were overturned.

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The month's events culminate this weekend with some of the nation's biggest parades in cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and Houston. Humbler celebrations are being held in smaller towns and cities around the country, such as Augusta, Georgia, and Floyd, Virginia.

Here's a look at some of the celebrations that have taken place around the world during June, including this weekend.

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