"We haven't been able to keep an official count these past few years, but we know we broke the half-million mark," Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolen, said, reflecting on last week's Gay Pride March.
He said a wide range of people of different ages and cultural groops came to the event. In particular, a Muslim queer group, Salaam, drew loud applause from onlookers as they walked by. Coolen said that while many people still struggle with homosexuality, society on a whole has become more accepting of them.
"For some people, due to religious or cultural beliefs, sexual orientaiton is always going to be a challenge for them, but socially, things are definitely becoming better for them," Coolen said. "Whether people realize it or not, being gay, lesbian, bi, is not limited to any one ethnicity."
Coolen said that the while the gay, lesbian and transgendered community has gained more legal rights than ever, it still faces staggering obstacles around the world.