Demanding rights for same-sex couples, thousands of people have been taking part in Gay Pride parades in Europe.
Rome’s annual gathering was as flamboyant as ever, with scantily-clad revellers dancing and singing on floats drawn through the city.
But there was added political significance, with vocal protests against Italy’s new conservative government. It has made it clear it has no intention of passing legislation giving gay couples legal recognition. Rome’s new right-wing mayor meanwhile has denounced the event as sexual exhibitionism.
Tight security surrounded a gay “Equality Parade” in another deeply Catholic country, Poland, amid fears far-right groups would attack those taking part.
In 2004 and 2005, the Warsaw event was banned by the city’s then mayor, conservative Lech Kaczynski. He is now the President of Poland where homosexuality remains a largely taboo subject.