Tag Archives: LGBT Pride

BRITAIN: Bus Driver Suspended For Refusing Pride Bus

The BBC reports: A bus driver has been suspended after he allegedly refused to drive a bus supporting Pride events. He reportedly told passengers in Norwich: “This bus promotes homosexuality and I refuse to drive it.” Rainbow numbers were used on the bus in a nod to the Pride flag. Go East Anglia, which runs Konectbus, said the driver had …

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Former Pastor Behind “Purity” Movement Renounces Christianity, Leaves Wife, Marches In LGBT Pride Parade

The Christian Post reports: Former pastor and evangelical author Joshua Harris demonstrated his support for the LGBT community by marching in Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade less than a month after announcing he no longer considers himself a Christian. On August 4, Harris, former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shared several Instagram photos of himself participating in the …

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Justin Trudeau Drops In At Vancouver Gay Bar [VIDEO]

Vancouver’s City News reports: It may have been the first time a sitting Prime Minister has visited a gay bar. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped in for a beer at the Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver’s West End early Monday evening. NEWS 1130’s Taran Parmar was there. “We’re kicking off pride week here in Vancouver — that’s definitely one way to …

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TURKEY: Riot Police Disperse Banned Istanbul Pride Rally With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, And Dogs [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle reports: Police pushed back crowds celebrating Istanbul’s 17th gay pride march on Sunday, an event Turkish authorities had banned for the fifth year in a row. The rally, on a side street off Istanbul’s main pedestrian avenue, drew several hundred people who cheered and waved rainbow flags. Chants of “shoulder to shoulder against fascism” and “we will not …

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Taylor Swift Name-Checks GLAAD In New Pride Anthem

Mashable reports: At midnight on Friday, Taylor Swift dropped her new track “You Need To Calm Down,” in what is her most political effort yet. Sitting just under three minutes, the single is a markedly less saccharine experience than her last single “ME!”, but it’s the lyrics, ardent in their support for the LGBTQ community, which has got the internet …

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Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Screamed Death Threats, Vandalized Home Over Rainbow Porch [VIDEO]

NBC News St. Louis reports: A man has been charged with a hate crime and threatening to kill LGBTQ residents in Soulard. On May 24, police received several 911 calls about property damage in the 1300 block of Sidney Street. While investigating what happened, police obtained surveillance video that showed a man committing the crimes. That man was later identified …

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False Shooter Report Sparks Panic At DC Pride [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Reports that shots had been fired near the site of the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday evening sent people running in panic through the streets, according to accounts from ­witnesses. But D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said shortly afterward that despite the rumors, “there were no shots fired” at Dupont Circle. Officials later …

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Armed Nazis Appear At Detroit Pride Festival [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: In Detroit, an armed white supremacist group called the National Socialist Movement (NSM) descended on the annual Motor City Pride Festival, where they held placards, gave Nazi salutes and displayed armbands with swastikas. Photos from the event, which was attended by thousands of LGBT+ supporters, showed a group of around 10 neo-Nazis marching surrounded by police officers. …

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ISRAEL: 2500 Police Protect Jerusalem Pride Parade, Dozens Of Ultra-Orthodox Protesters Arrested [VIDEO]

The Voice Of America reports: Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city’s annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel’s secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. Some 10,000 revelers waving rainbow flags joined the carnival-like procession, as over 2,500 police officers in plain clothes, in uniform and on horseback patrolled …

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Mayor Pete Launches LGBT Pride Month Merchandise

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg just texted his followers to announce the launch of #PrideForPete merchandise, which includes t-shirts, tank tops, bags, stickers, badges, rally signs, and temporary tattoos. The swag comes in the colors of the transgender pride flag, the eight-stripe rainbow that includes the colors black and brown, and one shirt hails the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. As …

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CUBA: Activists Arrested At Unsanctioned Pride March

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: An independently organized show of gay pride ended with several arrests in Havana on Saturday afternoon. The march started in Old Havana’s Parque Central, where activists had been urged to meet at 4 p.m. Under significant police presence, some with dogs, activists and their supporters started arriving with gay flags and other rainbow-type expressions. Half …

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CUBA: Government Cancels LGBT Pride Parades

Michael Lavers reports at the Washington Blade: The organizer of Cuba’s annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marches on Monday announced they have been cancelled. The marches were to have taken place in Havana on May 11 and the city of Camagüey on May 17. The National Center for Sexual Education, directed by Mariela Castro [photo], the daughter …

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POLAND: Extremists Arrested At Pride March [VIDEO]

In Poland reports: Nine men were detained by the police following Saturday’s pride march in the western central Polish city of Gniezno, deputy inspector Iwona Liszczyńska reported. Some of the detainees were accused of disturbing a public gathering and violating police officer’s bodily integrity. The first ever pride march in Gniezno’s history took place under the “Gniezno – the first …

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Disneyland Paris To Hold First Official Pride Celebration

The Orlando Weekly reports: Although Gay Days has been celebrated at the Disney parks for decades, ever since the first one in 1991 (right here in Orlando!), Disneyland Paris has just made history by becoming the first to organize an official LGBTQ Pride event, finally acknowledging openly that pink money pays their bills, too. Magical Pride happens June 1, 2019, …

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POLAND: Police Use Tear Gas And Water Cannons On Extremists Attempting To Block Pride Parade [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Polish police used tear gas and a water cannon Saturday against right-wing extremists who were trying to block the first equality parade in the city of Lublin in eastern Poland. More than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists with rainbow-colored flags and banners gathered Saturday in Lublin for the parade, while around 300 right-wing …

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Britney Spears Sparks Criticism With Pride Tweet

The Huffington Post UK reports: Britney Spears has raised eyebrows with her latest tweets, which has sparked accusations of “exploiting Pride” to sell her latest perfume. Over the weekend, Britney gave her first UK live performance in two years at Brighton Pride, where her show received huge praise from fans. However, shortly after the event, a tweet was posted on …

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JERUSALEM: Hundreds Of Police Guard Pride Parade From Extremists, US Consulate Shows Support [VIDEO]

The Times of Israel reports: Two far-right groups held demonstrations in Jerusalem on Thursday, protesting against the city’s annual Pride Parade march and calling to protect ‘the normal family.’ Under the watchful eye of police officers deployed to keep the marchers and protesters apart, the extremist nationalist Lehava organization protested the march near its starting point in Liberty Bell Park. …

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SOUTH KOREA: US Embassy Supports Seoul LGBT Pride Festival, Christian Protesters Attempt To Block Parade

The Korea Daily reports: Seoul’s festival had the theme “Queeround,” signifying that there are LGBT people all around us. According to its organizers, a record number of about 120,000 people took part in the festivities despite the sweltering heat, which reached a high of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Although the festival was organized by Koreans, there was a …

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Scotland’s Leader Heads Glasgow Pride Parade, Where She’d Rather Be “No Matter Who Else” Is Here Today

Scotland’s Daily Record reports: Nicola Sturgeon says leading thousands of marchers at Scotland’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) pride event was a “real honour.” Wearing a t-shirt with a rainbow coloured “choose love” logo, the First Minister headed up Glasgow Pride as it left Clyde Place, alongside Suki Wan, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Ms Sturgeon …

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HUNGARY: Fascists Disrupt Budapest Pride [VIDEO]

Gay Star News reports: A group of fascists menacingly blocked the path of thousands of people marching in Budapest Pride over the weekend. More than 10,000 people attended the 23rd Pride event in the Hungarian capital. But a group of men who belong to the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement stood in a line along the parade route. They stood silently …

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