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Colombia celebrates gay pride day

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1. Various high, wide shots of gay parade 2. Various midshots of participants in parade, many dressed in black, holding rainbow banners and flags 3. Participants dancing on parade truck 4. Another truck in parade, with participants dancing 5. Mid of couple in costume, marching in the parade 6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Marcela Sanchez, Director of the group Colombia Diversa: "This is our traditional gay pride parade. This year, we are protesting against the National Congress for sinking the bill that would have given gay couple a right to a (spousal) inheritance and social security." (Q: What do you want to accomplish with these annual parades?) "We want to prove that our community is visible and that, every year, more and more people join our movement (referring to movement for gay equality) without necessarily being homosexuals." 7. Mid of parade, some participants on stilts playing musical instruments 8. Float decorated with white balloons driving by, with people dressed in white costumes 9. Mid of parade 10. Set up of Susy, parade participant 11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Susy, Parade participant: "We are protesting in order to guarantee our benefits." (Q: What does this parade symbolise for you?) "It symbolises pride, honesty and acceptance." 12. People riding on traditional bus called "Chiva" 13. People on vehicle, waving rainbow flags 14. Pan of people marching with banners, many dressed in black STORYLINE: Thousands of representatives from Colombia's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community gathered in Bogota on Sunday, for the country's eleventh annual pride celebration. The usually festive celebration carried a more sombre tone this year, as representatives of the minority group wore black to protest the "death" of a bill which would have granted same sex couples social security and patrimonial rights. Although there was a sense of despair and anger, many of the parade's participants still showed the festive flare that characterises these celebrations. At least five-thousand GLBT representatives carried flags and held signs reading statements like "We are not socially repressed, we are only homosexuals" among others. Members of Colombia Diversa, a non-profit group which defends the minority, took part in the parade. The group's director Marcela Sanchez, told AP Television the movement to guarantee equal rights for GLBT couple was growing beyond that community. "We want to prove that this community is visible and that, every year, more and more people join this movement (referring to movement for gay equality) without necessarily being homosexuals," said Sanchez. The bill, which was endorsed by conservative President Alvaro Uribe, would have made Colombia the first nation in South America to grant gay couples in long-term relationships the same rights to health insurance, inheritance and social security as heterosexual couples. The bill collapsed in Congress on 19 June during what was assumed to be the final stages of approval. According to Colombia Diversa, there are more than three-thousand gay couples living in Colombia. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/faacaf26eb8ed9877b02d8b2a8bed746 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork