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August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

August 18, 2014

Whether you are in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village for Pride, a business trip or just a weekend away, you’ll get a warm welcome

There’s nowhere in the LGBTI world quite like Manchester’s Gay Village and there’s no time better to visit it than during Pride.

Yes, some argue the Village hasn’t innovated like the trendy Northern Quarter neighboring it. And on some weekday nights, tumbleweed blows through a few venues.

But there is always somewhere busy, chatty, friendly and often very intimate. And during Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend this weekend (22 to 25 August) it comes alive.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

August 14, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand has been named the host city for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames, with the international LGBTI sporting competition to take place during that year’s Auckland Pride Festival

There’s now double the reasons to check out New Zealand’s Auckland Pride Festival in 2016 with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) Asia Pacific announcing the city will host the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames during the festival.

‘Having now held three very successful and financially viable events, the Asia Pacific Outgames has established itself as a leading LGBTI event in the Asia Pacific region,’ GLISA Asia Pacific president Barry Taylor said in announcing Auckland as the host city.

August 11, 2014

Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, is excited to come back to Manchester. ‘The girls there are really hot!’

Manchester Pride has announced a celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014: Lea DeLaria from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Most recently known for her role as Big Boo in the prison drama, DeLaria said: ‘It’s an honor to be invited to marshal the Manchester Pride parade. I can’t wait to return to Manchester. The girls there are really hot!’

Prior to Orange is the New Glack, DeLaria became the first openly gay comic to perform on television in America in 1993.

August 10, 2014

'It's been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.

'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.

The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.

Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.

August 5, 2014

She puts the ‘tuck’ in ‘fierce mother tucker,’ takes the ‘I’ out of ‘William’ and is about to drop it like it’s hot in front of one of the world’s most gay-friendly countries

Can you imagine if one third of Brazil’s population or one third of New York’s citizens came out for the annual Pride Parade?

That amount of support and sheer human mass is something Iceland Pride has been counting on for some time.

This year, for the 16th annual Reykjavik Pride kicking off 5 August and culminating 9 August with the Pride March, more than one third of Iceland’s population (100,000 people) is expected to turn up.

After almost two decades of celebrating LGBTI Pride, Iceland is showing zero chances of slowing down.

August 4, 2014

Umbrellas and waterproof mascara were a'plenty as parade goers faced the expected storm with aplomb

80 pride boat floats...

Hundreds of thousands of people...

One fast and furious thunderstorm...

Nary a wig hair out of place.

Over 300,000 people did not let a little rain get in the way of celebrating the 19th annual Amsterdam Gay Pride flotilla this weekend, taking to the canals in the early afternoon with families, pride paraphernalia and umbrellas in tow.

The weather forecast predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon, just when the floating parade procession through Amsterdam’s canals was meant to be reaching its high point.

August 2, 2014

The English seaside city will spend the weekend dancing, with a park festival and street party

A group of LGBTI Ugandans were the happiest people dancing in the Brighton Pride parade on the south coast of England today (2 August).

They were celebrating the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday.

While homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, the court’s decision removes one of the world’s most draconian pieces of anti-gay legislation.

August 2, 2014

Indignation – Singapore's only LGBT pride festival featuring performances, a pink run, picnic, talks and discussions – will run for the month of August

Over 200 LGBTIs and their allies filled the historic former Parliamentary Debating Chamber at The Arts House where ContraDiction – the opening event of the month-long Indignation LGBT pride season – was held on Friday night.

The queer literary event featured 12 poets, writers and singer-musicians who performed LGBTI-themed poems, writings and songs in the very chambers of Singapore's Old Parliament House where the laws of Singapore were passed from 1955 to 1999.

July 31, 2014

From Burning Man to Conchita Wurst, from Austria to New Zealand, August serves you some sizzling LGBTI parties, cruises and Prides

It’s that time of the month again.

Time to download away the selfies from last month’s parties and make some hard drive space for the festivities coming up in August. What’s on offer, you ask?

Iceland celebrates its 16th annual Gay Pride

Ireland welcomes Pride goers to the country’s largest LGBTI pride event.

The Czech Republic celebrates its fourth Gay Pride parade, after last year’s event drew a reported 25,000 people.

And that's just three of the dozens we're going to show you...

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.