ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

These Photos Show People Celebrating LGBT Progress Around the World

These Photos Show People Celebrating LGBT Progress Around the World

We’re used to summer pride celebrations—parades and festivals marking the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This year’s celebrations, however, were especially powerful given last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of all Americans—including same-sex couples—to legally marry. “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court’s majority opinion, adding: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

In many ways, the court’s ruling was a perfect cap on June’s pride celebrations. On Friday night, the White House was bathed in rainbow-colored lights. In New York, thousands of people partied outside the Stonewall Inn, a bar where the American LGBT movement gained traction in the late 1960s. The pride celebrations continued with parades in New York and San Francisco—and in Mexico City, Toronto, and London.

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