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July 29, 2014

On the eve of one of the country’s biggest Gay Pride celebrations, three of the UK’s top politicians send messages of congratulations and solidarity to the British seaside city

The LGBTI community in the coastal city of Brighton received messages of support from the highest level of the UK government ahead of Gay Pride this weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron penned a letter of encouragement and support in the name of LGBT rights in the UK, joined by Labour Leader Ed Milliband and MP Caroline Lucas John who recorded heartening YouTube videos.

July 28, 2014

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school

Over 5,000 people celebrated Gay Pride in the English county of Norfolk over the weekend.

Highlighting LGBTI diversity in schools and promoting acceptance in sport, particularly with regards to the current Commonwealth Games, Norwich Pride started by turning the entire city into a flurry of rainbows.

Rainbow flags were flown from some of the most prominent town buildings including police headquarters at Wymondham, hospitals, department stores, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Castle Museum and City Hall.

July 27, 2014

An LGBTI pride was held in the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, despite authorities telling gay groups they should use a dumping ground to celebrate pride

150 people gathered to attend an LGBTI pride event in a public park in Russia, despite being told by Russian authorities they should hold the event at a landfill site.

The event was held yesterday (26 July) at the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, a public park where federal law decrees such an event was allowed to be held.

The pride rally was organized by gay rights group Ravnopraviye (Equality), even though they were banned from marching, because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

July 25, 2014

A pride procession through town caused a welcome break from daily life, bringing out families into the streets to celebrate LGBT pride

Thousands of people participated in this year’s Gay Pride procession in the Dominican Republic on 13 July.

The Gay Pride festivities in the Caribbean island (between Haiti and Puerto Rico) re-launched in 2007 with just three cars in the procession.

This year an estimated 300 cars joined the caravan through some of the island’s main avenues as well as residential areas ‘for greater impact’ said photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 23, 2014

Last year, Matinée Group’s Circuit Party saw 71,000 people join the fun from around the world. Will 2014 be the year to top it all?

Music lovers from over 50 countries have one big thing in common: A lust for Barcelona's annual Circuit Party by Matinée Group.

From 6 to 17 August this year, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

July 22, 2014

In GLAAD's new report, it shows there were only seven decent well-rounded characters out of 107 films studied

Hollywood is failing at the representation of LGBT people, according to a new report.

GLAAD has mapped the quantity, quality and diversity of the community in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during 2013.

Out of the 102 releases from the major studios, only 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The majority of these were minor roles or cameos. Many of these were also outright offensive and defamatory, such as in Pain & Gain and Riddick.

July 16, 2014

Hanoi will host its signature LGBTI pride bicycle ride 3 August for the third year in a row and organizers are hoping to see double the number of participants this year

While the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Vietnam may have stalled for the moment, organizers of the third annual Viet Pride festival remain enthusiastic about the event.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Together’ and it will take place over five days from 1-5 August with its signature Viet Pride LGBTI bicycle rally on Sunday 3 August through the streets of Hanoi.

July 11, 2014

Homophobic pundit Peter LaBarbera attacked gay people on a US radio show, and accused Obama of being obsessed with homosexuality

A US anti-gay pundit went on air to attack gay men, saying men choose to be gay for a ‘cheap orgasm’.

Peter LaBarbera, a self-confessed opponent of gay rights and founder of anti-gay group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, was a guest on the James David Manning’s radio show (8 July).

Manning, a pastor who regularly rallies against the LGBTI community, and LaBarbera also claimed US president Barack Obama is obsessed with gay people.

July 11, 2014

Two years ago police tried to shut down the Gay Pride parade. Will the 2014 event go down without a hitch?

Next week Gay Star News readers will see exclusive pictures from this year’s Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic, thanks to photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

While previous processions were marked with colorful outfits, splashes of rainbow and flag waving typical of global Gay Pride parades, Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic is not without controversy.

July 10, 2014

Cash allotted for LGBTI fundraising efforts was stolen from the headquarters of the group responsible for Madrid Gay Pride

As one million people took to Madrid’s streets this past weekend for Gay Pride, an unknown number of thieves broke into the office of COGAM (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Madrid Collective).

Between 5 pm on 5 July and the morning of 7 July, locked cabinets were broken into, belongings were flung about the office and equipment and cash were taken from the LGBTI group's headquarters in Madrid.

July 9, 2014

In order to ‘keep up with the competition’, Atlantic City’s openly gay mayor Don Guardian is trying to reclaim a gay-friendly image

From re-naming an official gay beach to three summertime LGBTI events, Atlantic City officials seem hungry for the pink dollar.

In a beachside resort known more for gambling than for its gay scene (most recently the town's gay venue Pro Bar closed after three years), politicians are doing a big PR push to court LGBTI travelers.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

July 8, 2014

Authorities say as many as 700,000 people took pat in Sunday’s Cologne Gay Pride parade – making it one of the largest shows of LGBTI solidarity in the world

700,000 people marched in the Cologne Gay Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Germany and Europe.

That figure was arrived at by police supervising the event which originally began as a Christopher Street Day event commemorating the Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street.

This year’s Cologne Gay Pride march was also notable as a contingent from local pro-football side FC Köln marched in the parade including club vice-president Toni Schumacher.

July 6, 2014

An estimated 1 million people turned out for Madrid Pride on Saturday evening under the slogan 'We march for those who can not' to remember LGBTIs who are persecuted and oppressed worldwide

Hundreds of thousands lined Paseo del Prado in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Saturday evening for the gay pride parade that comprised more than 50 organizations and 30 floats.

The parade is a culmination of festivities held over five days since the kickoff on Wednesday night which included an open air appearance by Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian drag queen who won the Eurovision song contest in May.

July 5, 2014

As the police could not guarantee the safety of those celebrating LGBTI pride, today’s event had to be cancelled

The capital of Ukraine was ready to celebrate LGBTI pride today (5 July), but because police cannot guarantee the safety of participants against homophobes it has been cancelled.

Kyiv Pride 2014 was scheduled to happen today, but instead, no official LGBTI pride celebrations will be taking place.

Anti-gay homophobes were expected to arrive at the celebrations with intent to disrupt them and potentially attack participants, so police told organizers they must cancel their event.

July 4, 2014

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community

The new global gay social network Moovz, which launched only a few months ago and has taken the market by storm, wanted to create and launch a unique 'Gay Selfie' campaign, in order to demonstrate its vision of a united LGBT world.

Moovz is a new social content web platform and mobile app for gay individuals, available worldwide.

Since its official launch in January 2014, Moovz has grown to host over 50 million interactions between users, over 1 million posts shared on the first ever gay feed, and thousands of new users joining every day.

July 3, 2014

From Marseilles to Miami, Porto to Provincetown, here’s a growing and ever-changing list of what’s going on in the world of LGBTI parties this month

No lie, we’re still recovering from New York, Barcelona and London Pride... but we’re already ready and hungry for this month’s servings of Gay Pride Parades, festivals and parties.

This month, there’s a European gay party cruise (La Demence), a celebration of LGBTI communities of color (LA Black Pride and Miami Bruthaz) and a music festival in Amsterdam ‘For All Those Who Love (Milkshake), just to name a few.

July 2, 2014

Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades

American young adult fiction author Nancy Garden passed away 23 June from an apparent heart attack aged 76.

Garden was best known for the lesbian themed novel Annie on My Mind, about two girls at a New York high school who fall in love with each other.

July 1, 2014

Just days after a CNBC host speculated about his sexuality, Apple computers boss Tim Cook has given a send off to 5,000 Apple staff before they marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance before the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, paying tribute to those marching under the slogan ‘Apple Pride’ with 5,000 employees.

Cook posed for photos with Apple staff before the parade and tweeted a photo of Apple’s entry in the parade to his 536,000 followers on Twitter.

The 53-year-old attended the launch event for Apple's marchers just days after CNBC host Simon Hobbs worried he had outed Cook, asking why there were not more openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

July 1, 2014

In a country with 'secret' anti-gay conversion therapy clinics and few legal protections for LGBTI individuals, activists and allies took to the streets this weekend to show their pride and demand equal rights

Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil celebrated its ninth Gay Pride parade and festival this weekend, with an estimated 9,000 to 11,000 people attending, according to local media sources.

The country’s capital city Quito also held a Gay Pride celebration on 28 June, and while for Guayaquil this was the ninth Gay Pride event, it was the first year the parade received official support from the mayor’s office, according to activist Diane Rodriguez.

July 1, 2014

In new research done on the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men, it found gays and bis were twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to be depressed than straights, according to new research.

Public Health England have conducted new findings into the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM).

The government agency is aiming to improve the way gay and bisexual men’s health is treated in the future, with a plan going up to 2020.

A PHE spokesperson said: ‘Gay, bisexual and other MSM constitute an estimated 5.5% of the male population in the United Kingdom.

June 30, 2014

Canada hosted this year's World Pride, and it really did show love makes the world go round

When it comes to equality, Canada doesn’t mess around.

And they proved it once again by putting one of the biggest and best World Prides in years.

Hosted in Toronto, the city attracted hundreds of thousands of attendees to the main festivities at the weekend.

Downtown was transformed with rainbow colors, and if that wasn’t enough, a double rainbow shined down from the sky in the early evening.

Check out some of our favorite moments from Pride: