Sao Paulo has significant influence nationally and internationally, in terms of culture, economy and politics. It houses several important monuments, parks and museums. It is also home to the world’s largest gay Pride Parade that happens every June (separately from Carnival in February). The last parade, held on June 6, 2010, attracted about 3 million people. The Paulista-Caneca area is populated by many LGBT citizens with numerous bars, shops and cafes, Pictured here (first 5 photos) is Casarao-Brasil, one of many LGBT organizations in the city. The central city is generally accepting of same-sex couples who feel comfortable enough to hold hands in public (photo 6).

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Brazil - Sao Paulo - Casario Brazil is an independent
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Casario Brazil is an independent LGBT support organization offering health, psychological, community, political (& more) meetings and individual care. http://www.casaraobrasil.org.br/pt/index_pt.htm
Brazil - Sao Paulo - LGBT Tourist Information Office  is
Brazil - Sao Paulo - LGBT Tourist Information Office is located at Casario Brazil offices; Address: Consola????????o, Rua Frei Caneca, 1057, 01307-003 S????o Paulo http://www.abratgls.com.br/citgls/
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Marla and Oswaldo at the
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Marla and Oswaldo at the LGBT Tourist Information; located at Casario Brazil; Rua Frei Caneca, 1057, S????o Paulo
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Harry at the LGBT Tourist
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Harry at the LGBT Tourist Information; located at Casario Brazil; Rua Frei Caneca, 1057, S????o Paulo
Brazil - Sao Paulo - two same-sex couples holding hands
Brazil - Sao Paulo - two same-sex couples holding hands along Rua Frei Caneca.
Brazil - Sao Paulo is home to the world's largest
Brazil - Sao Paulo is home to the world's largest gay Pride Parade that happens every June (separately from Carnival in February)
Brazil - Sao Paulo - strolling along Avenida Paulista past
Brazil - Sao Paulo - strolling along Avenida Paulista past Siqueira Campos Park (named after heroic revolt figure)
Brazil - Sao Paulo - newspaper stalls sell many serious
Brazil - Sao Paulo - newspaper stalls sell many serious books as well; Brazilians are avid readers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - serious literary books at a
Brazil - Sao Paulo - serious literary books at a newspaper stall
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and well
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and well
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and well; our favorite eatery and waiter Antonio
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cafe life is alive and well
Brazil - Sao Paulo - excellent subway system
Brazil - Sao Paulo - excellent subway system
Brazil - Sao Paulo - excellent subway system
Brazil - Sao Paulo - excellent subway system
Brazil - Sao Paulo - subway system at rush hour
Brazil - Sao Paulo - subway system at rush hour
Brazil - Sao Paulo - the alleged 'gay' shopping mall
Brazil - Sao Paulo - the alleged 'gay' shopping mall on Frei Caneca Street; very cruisy
Brazil - Sao Paulo - the alleged 'gay' shopping mall on
Brazil - Sao Paulo - the alleged 'gay' shopping mall on Frei Caneca Street; fans lined up for tickets to a soccer match
Brazil - Sao Paulo - inside the alleged 'gay' shopping
Brazil - Sao Paulo - inside the alleged 'gay' shopping mall on Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - inside the alleged 'gay' shopping
Brazil - Sao Paulo - inside the alleged 'gay' shopping mall on Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - trendy shop inside the alleged
Brazil - Sao Paulo - trendy shop inside the alleged 'gay' mall on Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - art graffiti along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - residential area along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - residential area along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise condo towers along
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise condo towers along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - classic building along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - classic building along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - motorbikes along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - motorbikes along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - trash cart along Frei Caneca
Brazil - Sao Paulo - trash cart along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Itau Bank is Brazil's largest
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Itau Bank is Brazil's largest
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Bella Paulista restaurant  along Frei
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Bella Paulista restaurant along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Bella Paulista restaurant  along Frei
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Bella Paulista restaurant along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Bella Paulista restaurant  exotic ice
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Bella Paulista restaurant exotic ice cream along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Luver Hotel along Frei Caneca Street;
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Luver Hotel along Frei Caneca Street; rooms rent only by the hour
Brazil - Sao Paulo - workers in a laundry  along
Brazil - Sao Paulo - workers in a laundry along Frei Caneca Street
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cars parked in a lighting
Brazil - Sao Paulo - cars parked in a lighting store along Frei Caneca Street; parking is a nightmare
Brazil - Sao Paulo - one of several cultural centers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - one of several cultural centers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - one of several cultural centers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - one of several cultural centers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - bike rack at one of
Brazil - Sao Paulo - bike rack at one of several cultural centers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers  along
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers  along
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers  and
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers and colonial building along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers
Brazil - Sao Paulo - high rise office towers along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Museum of Art   along
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Museum of Art along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Museum of Art   along
Brazil - Sao Paulo - Museum of Art along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - construction workers  along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - construction workers along Avenida Paulista
Brazil - Sao Paulo - fantastic Carnival parade
Brazil - Sao Paulo - fantastic Carnival parade
Brazil - Sao Paulo - fantastic Carnival parade floats are
Brazil - Sao Paulo - fantastic Carnival parade floats are extravagant