Tag Archives: activism

LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride Parade

From New York City’s ABC affiliate: Thousands are expected to take part in the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday. The march in Manhattan, which starts on Fifth Avenue, ends in the West Village. WABC-TV will be its official television partner and broadcast the march. The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the ...

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ISTANBUL: Governor Bans LGBT Pride Parade For Second Year After Threats From Ultra-Nationalist Group

Reuters reports: Istanbul’s governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. It will be the second year running that Istanbul’s LGBT march, described in the past as the biggest in the Muslim world, has been blocked by city authorities. ...

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Resistance Groups To Lead New York City Pride Parade

Back in March, I reported that a coalition of grassroots activists had reached an agreement with New York City Pride for front-of-parade placement. Today we have details about those groups. Via press release: Inspired by the defiant spirit from which NYC Pride was born, 18 diverse LGBT community organizations will march together at the front of this year’s NYC Pride ...

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At The Inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards

Last night longtime JMG photographer Dr. Jeff Smith and I headed to downtown Manhattan’s swanky Capitale to work the red carpet at the inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards, where emcee Alan Cumming feted the cast of Sense8, Edie Windsor, pop duo Tegan & Sara, Bob The Drag Queen, Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano, transgender youth activist Gavin Grimm, designer ...

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ISTANBUL: Ultra-Nationalists Vow To Disrupt Pride Because Gays Want To Stop Straights From Having Sex

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reports: The Alperen Hearths, an ultra-nationalist youth organization linked to right-wing nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), has threatened the LGBT Pride March set to take place on June 25 in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, vowing to prevent the march from taking place. “If the state allows it, we will not. We will not allow them to walk. ...

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DENMARK: Brewery Mocks Trump And Putin With Beer Auction To Benefit Effort To Help Chechen Gays

The Copenhagen Post reports: It seems that aside from producing excellent beer the Danish brewery Mikkeller is in possession of a sense of humour as well. And it’s not afraid to ruffle some feathers for a good cause. In collaboration with the Chinese microbrewery Great Leap Brewing, Mikkeller has come up with a beer that may very well irk certain ...

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FRANCE: European Court Of Human Rights Rules Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law To Be Discriminatory

The Guardian reports: A Russian law that bans gay “propaganda” encourages homophobia and discrimination, the European court of human rights has ruled, in a sharply worded rebuke to the Kremlin. Three Russian gay rights activists brought the case against the 2013 federal statute, widely known as the “gay propaganda” law, after they were arrested between 2009-12 for protesting against local ...

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BRAZIL: Millions Attend Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community. Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling ...

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UKRAINE: Thousands Of Riot Police Flank Pride Parade To Protect Attendees From Ultra-Nationalists [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of people attended a gay pride parade in Ukraine’s capital amid tight security Sunday. A counter-demonstration by a few hundred ultra-nationalists resulted in scuffles with police in which two officers were injured and six people arrested, Kiev police chief Andrei Krishchenko said. Much of downtown Kiev was cordoned off and about 5,000 police officers were ...

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NOT PHOTOSHOPPED: Trump And Melania Meet Rhode Island’s Teacher Of The Year Nikos Giannopoulos

Time Magazine reports: When Rhode Island’s teacher of the year posted a photo of his April meeting with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at the White House Oval Office Thursday, it quickly went viral. The striking picture shows Nikos Giannopoulos holding a lacy fan and wearing a rainbow pin among other meaningful accessories. Giannopoulos says he picked strategic ...

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Lambda Legal Opens DC Office To Fight Trump

Politico reports: The LGBT legal advocacy group Lambda Legal is opening a new Washington office in an expansion aimed at ratcheting up a fight against the Trump administration for which they’re planning to raise an additional $25 million over the next four years, on top of their existing budget. The office will be run by Sharon McGowan, who was until ...

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At The National Equality March [VIDEO]

With clear skies and temperatures that pushed into in the mid-90s, today tens of thousands of LGBT activists marched past the White House, where it appeared that rooftop snipers were keeping a wary eye on the boisterous and often hilarious anti-Trump action, which included rousing chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” See some of my photos below and check out the ...

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the thirteenth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of Pride in the hope of encouraging you to attend your local events. Have a wonderful Pride Month. Love each other. Watching The Defectives ...

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Record Crowds Forecast For DC This Weekend

The Washington Blade reports: Organizers of D.C.’s annual Capital Pride parade and festival scheduled for June 10 and 11 and more than a dozen related events such as dance parties, art exhibits and D.C. Latino Pride events that began June 3 were expected to draw as many as 200,000 people or more from the Mid-Atlantic region. And with the national ...

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Michael Moore Launches Whistleblowing “Trumpileaks”

Politico reports: Michael Moore is launching a new secure website called TrumpiLeaks. He writes in a letter being sent this morning: “Patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting ...

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Guerilla Pride Posters Appear On NYC Subway

Gothamist reports: Thomas Shim said he and his collaborators were inspired to pepper the subway with guerrilla Pride Month posters when President Donald Trump declined to formally acknowledge the month’s significance on June 1st. “It hit us hard the day of pride month, and President Trump not acknowledging it,” Shim told Gothamist on Monday. “Pride month is not something that ...

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Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Gilbert Baker

Today would be Gilbert Baker’s 66th birthday and Google celebrates with an animated doodle. They write: Today’s doodle is a little more colorful thanks to Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag, a symbol of pride and freedom for the LGBTQA+ community. Teaching himself to sew, Baker put his skills to work for the San Francisco gay community, making banners ...

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AUSTRALIA: Ben & Jerry’s Bans Buying Two Scoops Of The Same Flavor Until Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal

NBC News reports: Declaring “love comes in all flavors,” Ben & Jerry’s said Thursday it’s banning its Australian customers from buying two scoops of the same flavor of ice cream until same-sex marriage is legalized across the country. Ben & Jerry’s, based in Vermont, is famous for its socially conscious advocacy, from combatting climate change to promoting ethical treatment of ...

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CHINA: Mothers Of Gay Kids Advertise For Them At “Marriage Market,” Cops Send Them Packing [VIDEO]

The Shanghaiist reports: Spring is here and love is in the air as dozens of elderly parents flock to the park, desperate to find a suitable partner for their still unmarried sons and daughters. Parents carry with them signs listing all the important details of their marriageable children — their height, salary, age, education level, but notably not their sexuality. ...

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MOLDOVA: Riot Police Evacuate LGBT Rights Marchers After Orthodox Protesters Throw Eggs [VIDEO]

Radio Free Europe reports: A protest march organized by Moldova’s LGBT community on May 21 in the capital, Chisinau, was halted after just several hundred meters as police sought to avert a confrontation with participants in a counterprotest made up of “Orthodox priests and believers.” Scores of participants in the LGBT march, who were wearing white shirts with the logo ...

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