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June 29, 2015

'For friends and family'

A reporter with imagination, and skill, could easily compose a Heritage of Pride story and not leave the apartment.

Mention Dykes on Bikes, talk about all the cheers the parade's grand marshals basked in (this year thespians Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen did the basking), list one mainstream politician waving to the people, refer to a fab drag queen's catwalk down Fifth Avenue, and end up with an emotional quote from a mother who adores her gay son. 

June 29, 2015

Protesters tried to disrupt the parade by lying on the street, some 5,000 police officers mobilized

'All of us have come here today to fight against these voices of hatred towards us,' Kang Myeong-jin, chief of the parade organising committee, told marchers on Sunday in downtown Seoul.

Organizers estimated the number of participants at more than 20,000 – the largest turnout for the event – although police estimates the number to be at about 6,000.

The parade marks the closing of the 16th Queer Cultural Festival that started on Jun 9.

June 28, 2015

The reporter mistakes a parody flag to be an ISIS flag with 'gobbledegook' on it along a sea of rainbow colors

During an exclusive segment on London's city's gay pride celebrations on Saturday, a CNN correspondent Lucy Pawle reported that she had spotted an unidentified man 'quite distinctive from the rest of the crowd' who was dressed in white and black waving an 'ISIS flag'.

'If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic,' Pawle said.

'In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledegook. But it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag,' she told viewers.

June 28, 2015

The police decided at the last minute that the parade was to be banned

Turkish police fired water cannons and tear gas on LGBTI marchers during the 13th Istanbul Pride Parade on Sunday.

The parade was scheduled but ‘suddenly banned without any prior warning’ according to the Istanbul LGBTI Pride Week Committee.

Police told marchers as they gathered in central Takim Square that the parade was cancelled.

They began to fire tear glass and rubber bullets on the marchers - as well as deploying a water cannon.

June 25, 2015

Author concludes that as equal rights advance, less discrimination leads to great spending power

A new study has concluded that the spending power of the LGBT market in the US is worth an estimated $884billion (€790billion).

The figures have been released by Witeck Communications – a communications firm that has been monitoring the spending power of the LGBT market in the US over the past two decades.

Its estimate, which represents spending power in 2014, shows an increase of $54billion on the 2013 figure of $830billion.

June 23, 2015

Gentrification-led destruction of the UK capital's LGBTI scene continues as popular sauna Chariots might close

London 'biggest and busiest' gay sauna could close to make room for a skyscraper, new proposals have revealed.

If one of the biggest US hotel operators have its way, Chariots in Shoreditch could close in 2016 at the latest.

Manhatten's largest hotel operator Highgate Holdings secured control on the site on Shoreditch High Street, submitting plans for a 300,000 sq ft mixed-use project (artist rendering pictured).

In the proposal, there will be a new 200-bedroom luxury hotel as well as 100,000 sq ft of offices, community retail and leisure space.

June 23, 2015

He sends a copy of his book, The Glass Closet, to business leaders and UK politicians and asks them to publicly affirm their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion

To coincide with Pride festivals taking place around the world (including Pride in London this week), and the paperback publication of his book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business, Lord John Browne has appealed to top UK Business Leaders and Government Ministers to reaffirm their support for LGBT workplace inclusion.

June 23, 2015

The supermarket chain has rebranded its logos, hosted a gay choir in-store and is providing packed lunch for Pride volunteers

UK supermarket giant Tesco is very visibly throwing its support behind Pride in London this week.

London Tesco stores along the parade route have this week started selling Pride T-shirts. The T-shirts cost £6, with £1 being donated to London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.

The company will also be supplying 700 Pride volunteers with a free lunch bag for the Pride in London parade on Saturday.

June 22, 2015

It’s part of the tech giant’s wide #AndProud campaign

To coincide with Pride season, Google have launched a new campaign entitled #AndProud.

The tech giant is aiming to run an ‘online Pride parade’ this weekend (27-28 June), and is inviting service users to create digital characters with its Androidify service to take part in the parade.

Celebrities who have mentioned the #AndProud campaign on their social media include Tom Daley, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue and Ian McKellen. Perhaps surprisingly, also included in the promotional video is Jessie J.

June 19, 2015

Get ready to celebrate LGBTI pride Ibiza-style.

The island of Ibiza is known as a major party destination, but for its 2015 LGBTI pride celebrations, the clubs and promoters seem determined to take it to another level.

Ibiza's pride celebrations in 2015 will take place 8–12 July.

Organizers have deliberately chosen the weekend following the massive pride celebrations in Madrid, so if you have the stamina you can combine both events and embrace everything that Spain has to offer.

June 19, 2015

Ahead of Pride in London, Peter Purton, LGBT officer for the Trades Union Congress, explains why pride and solidarity are still needed today

Have you seen the film Pride (pictured)?

It tells how a small group of lesbians and gay men created an alliance between our community and the mineworkers in the early 1980s.

At the time, the UK’s LGBTI community were facing legal discrimination, media and police harassment, hysteria about AIDS and popular prejudice. The mineworkers were on their year-long strike to save their coal industry from being shut down by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

June 17, 2015

Persuading allies and friends to champion LGBT issues is vital, say participants in a business panel discussion held as part of Pride in London

LGBT role models are hugely important but imposing boardroom quotas is not the way forward.

That was the overall message from a panel discussion that took place this morning at the London headquarters of Thomson Reuters.

The discussion, entitled ‘Engaging across the LGBT spectrum to drive business results’, was one of the first events to take place as part of the Pride in London festival – which will culminate with the annual parade through London next Saturday (27 June).

June 17, 2015

The 26-year-old star speaks to Gay Star News about her LGBTI fans

English singer-songwriter Foxes has said she cannot wait to share the stage with gay icons like Kylie Minogue and Grace Jones.

The Clarity singer will be taking to the stage at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park on Sunday (21 June).

'I think to be doing Hyde Park, with all the females like Kylie and Grace Jones who are massive gay icons, it’s really, really exciting,' she said to Gay Star News at the festival launch.

June 16, 2015

The division will help clients tap into the $3trillion global LGBT market

Although marketing giant Ogilvy & Mather only launched its first LGBT employee network, Ogilvy Pride, last year, the company has quickly caught on to the commercial potential of the LGBT market.

It has just announced that it has developed Ogilvy Pride into a dedicated commercial specialism within the organization.

As part of this, staff members will now be able to work directly with clients in exploring the potential of the global LGBT market – a consumer group that it believes is worth in excess of $3trillion (€2.67trillion).

June 15, 2015

The taxi app is celebrating Pride month by fundraising for Its Get Better and posting messages for LGBTI youth on its social media

Taxi app firm Uber is one of the firms that have thrown their support behind Pride season in the US this year.

Over the weekend it ran a #RideWithPride promotion in two West Coast US cities to help raise awareness around the issues facing LGBTI youth.

The promotion was in conjunction with the It Gets Better project.

June 14, 2015

Slogan for this year’s Pride parade was ‘We are also family’

Thousands took to the streets in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate Pride and campaign for LGBTI equality yesterday (13 June).

The slogan for this year’s Equality Pride was: ‘We are also family,' which summarised the twelve demands of the marchers, including equality for ethnic, religious, national and LGBTI people as well as improved sex education and animal rights.

The participants carried placards with political messages in the country's 15th ever Pride parade.

June 12, 2015

Some Pride festivals prompt hotel room prices and home rentals to rise: other festivals have no effect. A company has now done research into why some cities see a boost

A company that analyzes the falling and rising prices of short-term rentals and hotel stays has taken a look at the effect that Pride festivals has on prices in the US.

The conclusion of its research?

When deciding what sort of rental amount to charge, hoteliers and property owners should consider a number of factors, including how many people are expected to attend the event, how many hotel rooms and rentals are in the area, and whether the event attracts mainly locals or a high proportion of out-of-towners.

June 11, 2015

Rainbow-adorned T-shirts and vests are accompanied by a #TakePride video campaign stating the brand’s intention to stand with the LGBT community

Target is the latest brand to commemorate Pride Month with the launch of rainbow-colored merchandise – following in the footsteps of adidas Originals – who last week revealed a new range of rainbow-splashed footwear.

However, this is definitely not the first time that Target has stood up to proclaim its embracing of diversity and inclusion.

June 9, 2015

Geng Le is the creator and CEO of Danlan and Blued – China’s leading gay web portal and social app

Seven same-sex couples from China have been flown to the US to take part in a mass wedding ceremony on the steps of the West Hollywood Library in Los Angeles this morning (9 June).

The event is taking place just ahead of the Los Angeles Pride festival commences.

The couples (pictured below) were chosen in a contest run by Blued, a social app owned by Danlan, China’s most widely-read gay web portal; in conjunction with Taobao – a mainstream website that has been dubbed China’s answer to eBay.

June 8, 2015

Alaska Airlines has come up with a novel promotion to entice for LGBTI customers to book flights through the airline this year

Traveling to a Pride festival in the US or Mexico this summer? Or maybe you’re wanting to attend one of the Gay Wine Weekend’s taking place in California?

Alaska Air have put together a range of discounts on flights on certain dates to selected destinations – all of which coincide with LGBTI pride festivals or events.

‘At Alaska, we have been longtime supporters of the LGBT community and remain committed to a more equitable society,’ says the airline on its website

June 8, 2015

Musical based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel wins five awards

Broadway's first mainstream musical with a lesbian protagonist, Fun Home, made history at the Tony Awards last night (7 June).

The offbeat show won five awards including best musical and an award for leading actor Michael Cerveris.

Its composer, Jeanine Tesori, and book writer/lyricist Lisa Kron, also made history as it was the first time a musical has won an award written by a female team.

June 7, 2015

Like the first, the 2nd Gay Pride parade was held under the auspices of the Nicosia Municipality

Several hundred people marched in the east Mediterranean island nation's 2nd annual Gay Pride parade in downtown Nicosia on Saturday.

Unlike last year where scuffles broke out a small group of Orthodox Christian protesters tried to disrupt the parade, the parade went on without a hitch this time.

June 5, 2015

The organizers of the annual Duhovy PRIDE march have cancelled the event for 2015 after a failed referendum to strengthen Slovakia’s ban on same-sex marriage stirred up homophobic attitudes in the nation

What would have been only the 6th annual Duhovy PRIDE march will not take place this year after organizers cancelled the event.

Duhovy PRIDE has often been targeted by far right extremists and the organizers fear that the climate is not right in the country after opponents of LGBTI rights in Slovakia forced a referendum to try to strengthen the country’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

June 4, 2015

Say they are willing to risk two years in jail

Organizers of South Korea Pride Parade have vowed to push ahead with the march despite a police ban.

'The parade will go on whether the police ban it or not,' Woo Ji-Young, executive director of the festival's organizing committee, told AFP.

Breaching such a ban could lead to a fine of up to 2 million won ($1,800) or even two years in jail, but Woo said they willing to take the risk.

More than 20,000 people had been expected to take part in the parade on June 28 at the end of the two-week Korea Queer Culture Festival.