Pride is protest. Pride is celebration. It is defiance, rebellion, revolution. It is a manifestation of one of our basic human rights – the freedom of assembly. Pride can be a city-wide festival, a march, or an underground gathering concealed from eyes of the authorities. Pride is diversity, beauty, love. It can last hours, days, a month, or be over in a matter of minutes. In some places it is not only state-sanctioned, but heralded. In others – banned -, and its organizers - persecuted.