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Gay Jesus, Buddhist Monks, Stars Of Largest Seoul Pride Parade Ever

Some 85,000 people took the streets for South Korea's LGBT celebration.

Despite rainy weather, an estimated 85,000 people took the streets of Seoul on Saturday for Korea's Pride parade, the largest in the event's 17-year-history.

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Participants pass along a street during a 'Gay Pride' gay rights march in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Gay rights activists say that some progress has been made in recent years, with surveys showing increasing tolerance, particularly among young people, and participation at Pride surging since the first parade in 2000, when only 50 attended. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

The Korean capital started hosting Pride in 2000, as part of the first Korea Queer Cultural Festival. Only 50 people attended, but since then the event has grown steadily: In 2016, there were some 50,000 participants and spectators.

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Participants march along a street during a 'Gay Pride' march in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participants dance during a 'Gay Pride' march in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Homosexuality isn't illegal in South Korea, but the LGBT community still faces widespread stigma, and most queer South Koreans remain closeted, even to friends and family.

In 2015, organizers had to go to court to overturn a police ban on the march and, last May, a court rejected a gay couple's marriage equality lawsuit.

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Participant Nae-Gyeol Song poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of Christian counter-demonstrators showed up at Seoul Plaza on Saturday, even trying to physically block the event at one point.

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Participants pose for a photo with anti-gay slogans during a 'Gay Pride' march in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

"We do not want them to showcase homosexuality in public, which can corrupt the minds of our children," Pastor Hong Ho-soo, secretary general of the Homosexuality Countermeasure Council for Korean Churches, told the South China Morning Post. "It’s okay to celebrate whatever you are at home or privately. Just don’t do it in front of others."

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Proving that not all religious groups oppose homosexuality, Buddhist monks marched in support of equality—and even busted out some celebratory dance moves.

And Jesus said it was alright with him, too.

View more images from Seoul Pride 2017 below.

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Participant 'Seesea' poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participant Kang Tae-Won poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participant Christmas Kwon poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participant 'Bijou Bisous' poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participants pose for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' march in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participants stand before placards during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participants pose for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participant Nae-Gyeol Song poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participants pose for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Participant Park Son-Hyun poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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TOPSHOT - Participant Kevin Kim (39) poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017.Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

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