Jhon Restrepo and his colleagues knew the risks when they began organizing the first Pride march in Medellín's Comuna 8. The paramilitary gangs that controlled the impoverished district's mountainside slums had shown little warmth toward the activist group, which had been set up in 2006 to defend the rights of the local LGBTQ population. "They came in heavy handed while we were decorating the float," Restrepo said. "They told us if we did the march, the streets would be covered in feathers and blood."
September 7 / NBC