Proud crowd marches through downtown Winnipeg
Manitobans let rainbow flags fly Sunday as part of the annual pride parade.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Manitoba Legislative building today and marched through Winnipeg's downtown core in support of LGBTTQ* rights.
Hamed, the marshall for this year's parade, at one time faced the threat of death in his home country because of his sexuality.
"They're going to kill you and you have no value in that country. You are nothing ... I had no hope," he told CBC News on Friday. "You can't focus on your life, you can't focus on your future, you can't study, you can't love yourself."
Hamed realized he was gay when he was 20-years-old and kept it hidden. When his boyfriend's family found out, Hamed was nearly arrested.
Now a Winnipeg resident, Hamed is actively involved in the local LGBTTQ* community and stands as a positive example to others facing discrimination due to their sexuality.
The pride parade wraps up Sunday afternoon at the legislative building.