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March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 11, 2015

 Organizers of mini-festival inspired by St. Louis' PrideFest

St. Charles County in Missouri is to hold its first ever gay pride parade on the 30 May this year.

Pride St. Charles will be hosted by St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, and organizers have revealed they were inspired to put together the parade by St. Louis' PrideFest, this year extended to three days in June.

The county has a population of over 370,000 and, according to the last census, 7000 same-sex households.

March 9, 2015

Martyn Loukes, chair of Transport for London’s (TfL) LGBT Network, OUTbound, talks about the Capital's new rainbow bus and working with Stagecoach, London

London is a truly diverse city and I’m proud to be working for an employer who is committed to championing equality and eliminating discrimination.

Through OUTbound, our staff network group, we have been working tirelessly over the past decade to ensure that LGBT staff and wider LGBT community are treated fairly when they are travelling on the transport network.

March 5, 2015

Two of the most popular teams in the AFL football code will face off against each other on 15 March at Drummoyne Oval in a game celebrating the LGBTI community and there are plans to make the event a permanent fixture

The Sydney Swans and the Freemantle Dockers will go head to head on 15 March in the Australian Football League’s first ever LGBTI ‘Pride Cup’ celebrating sexual and gender diversity.

The event was announced earlier today just days before Sydney’s LGBTI community is set to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

During the match the 50m arc, goalpost pads and goal umpire flags at Drummoyne Oval will be decorated in the rainbow gay pride colors as a signal of support for the LGBTI community and LGBTI AFL fans and players.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with me.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

January 7, 2015

Over 900 people have called for the honor to be removed

The politician awarded a MBE despite his homophobic views has said he welcomes the 'scrutiny' from celebrities such as Ellen Page.

Maurice Mills, a Northern Irish councillor, has said it is a 'silly' idea that his honor be removed and then repeated his claim that God punishes the world for homosexuality.

Mills has blamed the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy' and also blamed Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBTI pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 5, 2015

How will you be celebrating LGBTI Pride in 2015?

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

December 30, 2014

The two men argued that that they shouldn’t have been requested to drive the truck at the 2001 Rhode Island LGBT pride parade because they are Roman Catholics

Two firefighters from Providence, who complained after being requested to drive a fire truck at a gay pride parade, have had lawsuits thrown out by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

The two men – Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno – said that their Roman Catholic faith meant they could not ‘support, encourage, nor condone homosexual behavior,’ and that they should have been able to decline taking part in the parade.

December 8, 2014

An ‘uplifting and empowering visual showcase’

Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

An expected 160,000 participants and spectators will be part of the Brighton Pride Community Parade in early August next year.

And the theme will be Carnival of Diversity.

Organizers hope those in the parade will be inspired to create a ‘creative, lively, uplifting and empowering visual showcase in the city’.

December 8, 2014

First time in a decade Nikolay Alexeyev is compensated for his activism

A prominent LGBTI activist has been awarded a paltry $55 in damages after the west Russian city of Kostroma banned a pride parade he organized and two protests against the country's anti-gay law.

A district court Wednesday (3 November) ordered local authorities pay 3,000 rubles ($55) in moral damages to Nikolai Alexeyev, the first time in a decade of activism he has been compensated for moral damages.

November 22, 2014

Luis Pabon writes about his attitude towards his sexuality and the gay community saying: ‘it has outlived its usefulness’

A gay journalist has written an article detailing all negative aspects of being gay, entitled ‘Why I no longer want to be gay.’

Luis Pabon wrote the online piece for ThoughtCatalog.com on November 17.

Pabon describes the experiences and people he has met which has drawn him to the conclusion that he doesn’t want to be gay.

November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

November 9, 2014

Leaders of the Occupy movement backs call for equal rights for LGBTIs, however father of 18-year-old student leader Joshua Wong and himself the leader of an anti-gay group denounces the move

While the rain likely dampened the turnout of the territory's sixth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade, more people are said to have attended this year than in the last.

An estimated 3,000 people (according to AFP) to 9,000 participants (according to organizers) marched despite the rain to demand equal rights as well as legislation outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

According to the police, 4,700 people attended at the peak of the march, compared with 4,500 last year.

November 3, 2014

There were no attacks this year

The second Podgorica Pride took place without incident yesterday in the capital of the deeply conservative Montenegro despite fears of violence.

The 100 marchers were outnumbered 100 to one by 2,000 policemen, nearly half of the Balkan country's force.

Activists walked past the government buildings in central Podgorica, waving banners reading 'Traditionally Proud,' 'Silence = Death' and 'This is Just the Beginning.'

Human Rights Minister Suad Numanovic, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepanovic and several EU ambassadors joined the march.

October 8, 2014

60 people were injured at last year's event, the first ever LGBTI celebration in the country

Montenegro's second ever Pride will be held in secret over fears of attack.

The location will be kept private until the day itself in an attempt to protect the marchers. It will be held somewhere in the capital on 2 November.

Last year, around 100 people marched in the capital Podgorica in the southeastern European country's first ever celebration of the LGBTI community.

But hundreds of hooligans started throwing stones and bottles, leading to the police using tear gas against them. Around 60 people were injured.

October 7, 2014

The gay icon is a long-standing supporter of LGBTI rights

Taiwanese diva A-mei voiced her support for gay marriage on Sunday at a concert in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

At the appropriately named Rainbow Bay Festival, she came onstage wearing a sticker saying 'legalize gay marriage' on her arm.

Before singing gay anthem Rainbow, A-mei said, 'Today in Taipei there is an extremely meaningful activity, gay marriage equality.

'Although I'm in Kaohsiung, on stage I hope to use this song to support.'

October 1, 2014

GSN social media guru Dan Beeson learns the ropes of Copenhagen during Gay Pride weekend

Gay Pride is a huge deal in Copenhagen.

Denmark was the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex unions, and this year the city by the sea was still buzzing from its Eurovision high a few weeks earlier.

Conchita Wurst won the coveted competition on Danish soil, a testament to the open arms and open minds of the nation.

When locals and visitors alike aren’t gathering in the city center to celebrate Gay Pride in August, the city is proudly home to a number of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses.

September 30, 2014

Is a religious extremist group deliberately targeting LGBTI pride celebrations in the hope of inciting hatred and violence?

Hate groups hoping to incite violence against British LGBTI people may be targeting UK pride events.

That's what Gay Star News has discovered after investigating the distribution of homophobic leaflets last weekend in Lincoln, Preston and Chester – three regional English towns.

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.