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). A recent parade 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).