WATCH: Thousands Rally At Hong Kong Pride Parade

On Saturday, more than 2,000 people marched through downtown Hong Kong’s for the city-state’s annual gay pride parade.

The event, which drew members of the LGBT community and their allies from Taiwan and mainland China as well, spotlighted the discrimination still felt by sexual minorities—with a theme of “For queer, for love, for equality.” Though Hong Kong decriminalized homosexuality in 1991, there a few legal protections for gay people and just this year the government hired a reparative-therapy to train counselors.

“We are here today because we want the society to know who we are and we hope they don’t discriminate against the LGBT community,” Mic Au, 21, told the AP. “I hope the government will enact laws that ban discrimination against homosexuals, at workplace or at schools.”