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February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

January 23, 2014

Leading LGBT rights advocate in Baku says in his suicide note: ‘This world is not colorful enough for my colors. Farewell.’

A 20-year-old gay man killed himself in Azerbaijan yesterday (22 January).

Isa Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan’s Free LGBT group, a Baku-based campaigning charity aiming to improve the lives of the community in the capital.

He was discovered dead after reportedly hanging himself using the rainbow-colored flag.

On his Facebook page, Shakhmarli wrote: ‘I am leaving you. God bless you. This country and this world are not for me.

‘I am going to be happy now. Tell my mother I loved her very much. I blame you all for my death.

January 16, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

December 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.

December 2, 2013

Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen present hand sewn rainbow flag at closing ceremony

Even five bombs threats could not stop three of the men behind the 2008 film Milk from presenting their film at the Side by Side LGBT Festival in St. Petersburg Russia over the weekend.

Director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen flew from the US to Russia for the event in a country where speaking out in support of homosexuality is against the law.

The trio spoke about the film, which won Black an Oscar for his script and Sean Penn an Oscar for his performance as Harvey Milk, as well as the LGBTI equality movement in the US.

November 13, 2013

A new poll has found that more Americans feel it is acceptable for teenagers to wear clothing with the flag of the side that lost the Civil War to school than the gay rainbow pride flag

Americans find the public display of the Confederate Civil War rebel flag more appropriate than the rainbow gay pride flag according to a recent poll.

A Public Policy Polling robocall telephone poll reported last week that 43% of those surveyed thought that high school students should be allowed to wear Confederate flags while at school, whereas only 28% thought it was appropriate for students to wear the rainbow gay pride flag in school.

Only 9% of Americans thought it was more appropriate to wear the rainbow gay pride flag to school than the Confederate flag.

October 16, 2013

An anonymous objector contacted a Kremlin flag expert in order to see whether the seven colored symbol was offensive to Russian sensibilities

Russia has ruled a Jewish rainbow flag, which bears a very similar resemblance to a gay pride flag, does not violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

An anonymous objector consulted the Kremlin’s top flag expert concerned the Jewish Autonomous Region’s seven-colored flag was breaking federal rules.

‘Regarding the similarity of this flag with the symbol of the gay movement, we explain that not every rainbow image is linked to sexual orientation,’ official Kremlin advisor Georgy Vilinbakhov said.

October 8, 2013

An LGBT group at Middle Tennessee State University have been accused of desecrating the American flag after they displayed a version with rainbow stripes to mark LGBT History Month but the US Government feels otherwise

A decision to display a rainbow striped version of the American flag to mark LGBT History Month at Middle Tennessee State University has been branded an act of desecration by a graduate of the school but the US Government feels otherwise.

Members of LGBT on-campus support group MT Lamda didn’t think they were doing anything wrong when they put the flag up as part of a display in the university’s Walker Library marking the group’s 25th year at the university but Middle Tennessee graduate Ralph Dye was so incensed by it he decided to go to the media.

August 12, 2013

Australia's LGBT community have gathered to chalk the streets with rainbow colors to protest Russia's rising homophobia

Somewhere over the chalk-drawn rainbow, way up high, there’s a sense of gay pride doodling its way across Australia and the world.

DIY Rainbow, an Australian protest movement, have chalked up another achievement by drawing a rainbow flag outside Sydney's Russian embassy.

In the quiet suburb of Woollahra, gay rights activists spoke out by creating the new road-art feature outside the building in protest of Putin’s anti-gay laws.

October 7, 2012

South Africa has recognized it’s own version of the rainbow gay pride flag as an officially registered national symbol

South Africa has become the first country in the world to recognize the rainbow flag as a national symbol.

South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, through its Bureau of Heraldry, announced the registry of the flag in the official Government Gazette this week following an application by the South African version of the rainbow flag’s designer, Eugene Brockman.

‘The Gay Flag of SA is now officially recognized and protected by the Department of Arts and Culture and the government of South Africa,” said Mava Mothiba, a spokesperson for the department.

August 22, 2012

Intersection at heart of gay district originally painted for pride month

During LGBT Pride Month in June, the crosswalks spanning the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards in the heart of West Hollywood were transformed from brick red to the colors of the rainbow flag that symbolizes gay pride.

Now the transformation will be permanent.

The West Hollywood City Council voted this week to keep the rainbow crosswalks in the section of the city known as Boystown where such popular spots as The Abbey attract tourists and locals alike.

July 5, 2012

Video footage shows police officers arguing with marchers for using the Dominican flag at the gay pride event

Dominican Republic authorities repeatedly disrupted this year's gay pride march.

Video provided by Imagenes Dominicanas shows police officers forbidding marchers from carrying the Dominican flag in the 5th annual Dominican pride on 1 July (Sunday).

According to Imagenes Dominicanas, authorities at the beginning of the route told marchers they could not carry rainbow banners that had been fashioned to look like the country's flag.

Authorities reportedly confiscated the rainbow flags before returning them on condition they be kept out of sight.

June 15, 2012

Olympic gay pin badges were applauded when released but two years later, retailers just can’t shift them

London 2012 organizers are making a last ditch effort to sell gay Olympic pin badges as many shops refuse to stock them.

The badges which feature the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic logos combined with an LGBT rainbow flag were unveiled two years ago at a special reception at the headquarters of the LOCOG, the London body running the games.

LOCOG has heralded them as one of the most groundbreaking things it has done to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the Olympic celebrations.

June 13, 2012

Despite concerns over homophobia during Euro 2012 soccer tournament, Ukrainians and Swedes both embraced Kyiv gay protest

Swedish and Ukrainian soccer fans delighted a lesbian activist by supporting her rainbow flag demonstration to show solidarity with Ukraine’s gay and trans population.

Human rights campaigners had raised concerns about the safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans attending the European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine, which both have poor records on LGBT rights, and Amnesty International had even suggested gay fans should stay away.

May 17, 2012

Activists defy anti-gay laws in Iran and Russia to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Activists in Iran, one of the most homophobic countries in the world, braved persecution today (17 May) by publicly unfurling a rainbow flag to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Campaigners in the Muslim state's capital Tehran also distributed leaflets and flew multi-colored balloons to raise awareness of LGBT rights.

May 2, 2012

Headlining band wave rainbow flag at Shanghai's Strawberry festival, play song in tribute to gay Hong Kong singer Leslie Cheung

At the first night of Strawberry music festival in Shanghai on Sunday, headlining act Top Floor Circus made a bold declaration for gay rights, unfurling a giant rainbow flag on stage.

When the band returned to the Love Stage for an encore, they performed a song by Leslie Cheung, the popular Hong Kong actor and singer and one of the first openly gay Chinese celebrities, who committed suicide nine years ago.

Top Floor Circus vocalist Lu Chen said: 'There is diversity in love. I hope you all love your real selves'.

May 2, 2012

17 gay activists were arrested in Russia's second largest city for unfurling rainbow flags

Seventeen gay activists were arrested at a May Day rally in St Petersburg after unfurling rainbow flags.

The campaigners were detained by police in the Russian city yesterday (1 May) at a protest attended by 300,000 people, led by the ruling United Russia party, as well as Communist and nationalist groups.

‘The first activists who unfurled their flags were detained. Some tried to raise posters, they were also detained,’ Yury Gavrikov, a local gay rights leader, told The Guardian.

April 13, 2012

The event on the south coast of England will raise awareness of countries where LGBT people are still persecuted

Brighton Pride have announced the winner of a competition to choose the theme of their 2012 event is the United Colours of Pride.

The theme has been chosen to raise awareness of countries where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community are still persecuted. It also highlights the carnival theme Pride is known for and represents the rainbow flag.

March 28, 2012

A-Mei Chang Hui-mei will raise money for families hit by HIV/AIDS as she celebrates the 15th anniversary of her singing career

A leading Taiwanese singer will sell 10,000 rainbow flags during the upcoming concerts at home to raise funds for an HIV/AIDS group.

Long-term LGBT rights supporter A-Mei Chang Hui-mei - who has been on her ‘AMeiZing’ world tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her singing career from September – will be selling rainbow flags and distributing red ribbons during the six concerts in Taipei, starting from Friday (30 March).

January 16, 2012

British tennis player Laura Robson wore a rainbow ribbon in support of gay rights.

Tennis players and fans added a splash of colour to the Australian Open today, wearing rainbow colored clothing in protest against Margaret Court's anti-gay comments.

During her match against former world number one Jelena Jankovic, British player Laura Robson showed her support for those angry at Court's vocal opposition to same-sex marriage by wearing a rainbow ribbon in her hair.

And she wasn't the only one standing up for gay rights at the tournament in Melbourne, with many fans also proudly wearing rainbows.