Tag Archives: LGBT Pride

SERBIA: Lesbian PM Attends Pride With Heavy Security

The Associated Press reports: Serbia’s first-ever openly gay prime minister joined several hundred gay activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country. Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading “For change,” pride participants gathered in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, before setting off on a march through the city. Many ...

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Draws Huge Crowd Under Heavy Police Protection After 2015 Murder [VIDEO]

The Times Of Israel reports: Thousands of people marched through central Jerusalem under heavy security on Thursday in the city’s 16th annual pride parade. The annual march was the scene of a deadly attack two years ago, and often draws protests from the far-right and ultra-Orthodox community. Police said that 12 people had been detained for questioning. They were suspected ...

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SEOUL: Record Crowd Turns Out For Pride Festival Despite Thousands Of Christian Protesters [VIDEO]

The Korea Herald reports: Tens of thousands of people marched through central Seoul on Saturday to stand up for equality for sexual minorities in South Korea’s biggest pride parade, despite vocal opposition from anti-gay protesters. Despite sporadic rain, 85,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters gathered at Seoul Plaza, rally organizers said. It was the largest crowd ...

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London Mayor: I Almost Wore This To Pride Last Year

Gay Star News reports: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joked he almost wore this ‘Masc’ He-Man t-shirt to his first Pride march last year. Khan is looking forward to Pride in London on Saturday – the second since he became mayor. He told guests at City Hall: “One of the great things when you become mayor, is you get ...

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Panamanian First Lady Leads Pride Parade [VIDEO]

Critica Panama reports: The music, dances, flags, flashy costumes and slogans of equality of rights and against discrimination were the elements that accompanied thousands of people who participated in gay pride march this Saturday, July 1. The event began at 4:00 pm, led by First Lady Lorena Castillo de Varela, United States Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, Mayor of the ...

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MADRID: Massive Crowd Attends WorldPride [VIDEO]

While city officials say “hundreds of thousands” took part in the parade, organizers estimate that around two million attended yesterday’s WorldPride event in Madrid. Deutsche Welle reports: All of Spain’s major political parties, both left and right, led the parade with a large banner that read “For LGBTI Rights All Over the World.” “For all the people in countries who ...

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MINNEAPOLIS: Twin Cities Pride Apologizes To Lesbian Police Chief, Cops Now Invited To March In Parade

The Minneapolis Fox affiliate reports: Earlier this week, Twin Cities Pride announced they would have only one, unmarked police car – as required by law – to clear the way for the parade, as opposed to the several marked squad cars that typically roll down Hennepin Avenue at the start. Organizers said they wanted to “respect the pain the community ...

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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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TONIGHT: One WTC To Light With Trans Pride Colors

I believe this is a first. Via press release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the spire of One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge to be lit this weekend in honor of LGBT pride. The iconic landmarks will be lit the colors of the transgender flag for Trans Day of Action today, June 23rd and the colors of ...

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MINNEAPOLIS: Lesbian Police Chief Denounces Pride Parade Group’s Request To Limit Police Participation

The Associated Press reports: Minneapolis’ first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday’s annual event due to tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile. They said in a statement that they’re trying to respect the pain that many ...

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KNOXVILLE: Gay Chorus Drowns Out Haters [VIDEO]

A couple of the usual haters appeared at Knoxville Pride this afternoon to wave their anti-LGBT banners and shout abuse. Not having it was the touring Washington Gay Men’s Chorus, who encircled the haters to deliver a rousing rendition of We Shall Overcome. The chorus is in town as part of their Southern Equality Tour. Watch below. GMCW leads the ...

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OHIO: Homeland Security Looks Into Terror Threat Against Columbus Pride Made By School Employee

NBC News reports: The Columbus Police Department and Homeland Security are looking into a Facebook post that called for the killing of LGBTQ people, ahead of this weekend’s Pride Festival. The post was made to a page dedicated to the event; the poster wrote, “I hope this event turns out like the Boston Marathon a few year’s (sic) back.” The ...

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VIRGINIA: Homocon Anti-Muslim Leader Granted “Gays For Trump” Festival Booth At Hampton Roads Pride

Gay RVA reports: Hampton Roads Pride’s estimated 30,000 guests to their annual LGBTQ pride festival this weekend will be greeted by a booth from a group of gay folks who support President Trump. The group in question, Gays for Trump, was largely spearheaded by a 757 local, Scott Presler, who worked for the Trump campaign under gubernatorial failure and Confederate ...

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POLAND: Thousands March In Warsaw Pride [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle reports: The 17th annual ‘Equality Parade’ took place as Poland’s conservative government continues to oppose civil unions for same-sex couples. Organizers put the number at 50,000, while the police said 13,000 attended the parade, with 40 foreign embassies, including those of France and the US, expressing their support. The parade was intended to “draw attention to the rights ...

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US Soccer Teams To Don Rainbow Jerseys For Pride

USA Today reports: The U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams plan to sport rainbow-themed numbers on their uniforms during June contests to support LGBT Pride Month as part of a collaborative initiative between U.S. Soccer and You Can Play— an organization dedicated to eradicating homophobia and transphobia through the sports world. The men’s team members will wear the rainbow ...

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#TakePride: Target Thumbs Its Nose At The Haters

World Net Daily is ever so pissed: Despite the drastic financial blowback Target Corporation has been weathering since announcing its plan last year to allow men to enter women’s bathroom facilities, the retail giant is continuing full-speed ahead in its pursuit of LGBT social activism, all in the name of “inclusivity.” For the second year, Target is using a #TakePride ...

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TAIWAN: 80,000 March At Taipei’s Pride Parade As Justice Minister Calls For Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: It might have rained on their parade, but Taiwan’s wet weather did not dampen the spirits of Asia’s largest gay pride march, as over 80,000 took to the streets of the capital, Taipei, on Saturday to call for equal rights and same-sex marriage. Rainbow umbrellas went up, matching a sea of multi-coloured flags and hats, in a ...

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UKRAINE: Odessa Holds First LGBT Pride March Under The Protection Of Hundreds Of Police [VIDEO]

About 50 brave people participated in Odessa, Ukraine’s first-ever LGBT march this weekend in the face of violent far-right protesters. Compelling video below. NBC News reports: The day before the event, local authorities in Odessa banned the event on the grounds there was a high probability of a conflict, as far-right activists were also scheduled to gather at the same ...

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At Amsterdam’s EuroPride Canal Parade [VIDEOS]

Amsterdam was the host city for EuroPride this year and what a party it was. Via the Netherlands Times: The closing party for EuroPride 2016 in Amsterdam on Sunday night attracted around 500 thousand visitors, according to the Amsterdam police. By 8:00 p.m. the police had to start showing people away as the Rembrandtplein reached its capacity, the Gelderlander reports. ...

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CHARLOTTE: City Officials Declare Pride Festival To Be “Extraordinary Event” Requiring Added Security

From the Associated Press: Officials in North Carolina have declared Charlotte’s gay pride festival later this month is an extraordinary event that requires extra security. City officials say the decision allows them to ban backpacks and regular items that can be used as weapons, such as chains and box cutters at the Aug. 20-21 event. It also allows police more ...

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