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April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 16, 2015

Lorna Luft: 'She was incredibly warm and amazingly funny. She was smart and so gifted'

Lorna Luft, now 62, was still a teenager when her legendary mother died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose.

But she doesn't want anyone to think of Judy Garland as a tragic figure.

April 15, 2015

'Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar'

Gay author Larry Kramer has claimed that Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon all had affairs with men in his controversial new history of the United States.

His 775-page The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart took nearly 40 years to write and is billed as a novel – so the lawyers will leave him alone – but the author says it is all based on fact.

April 15, 2015

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report

LGBTI characters in film are as male and white as ever, according to a new report from GLAAD.

The annual Studio Responsibility Index, which surveys the seven major studios, has found a very small improvement on last year.

20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) had characters who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, up from 2013 when that percentage was 16.7%.

None of these films included a transgender character.

But while it is still technically an improvement, GLAAD said this means a larger breadth of LGBTI stories are still not being told.

April 14, 2015

 LGBTI festival takes place from 4-12 July

Bristol Pride has launched a Crowdfunder campaign, with the aim of raising £5,000 in public donations by 7 May 2015.

Taking to the official Crowdfunder website, organizers explained: 'Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on (the toilets alone cost £2500!) and every year we have to raise all the money to pay for Pride from scratch.'

April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

April 9, 2015

You won't be able to get this out of your head

This is Kylie Minogue like you have never seen before.

Transformed into Marlene Dietrich, she looks severe, stern and incredibly sexy.

It was for Sorbet magazine for their spring issue. The publication features the angelic gay icon turned into something that we cannot get out of our heads.

Dietrich, herself, was bisexual or lesbian.

The German-American Silver Screen actress of the 1930s, who is credited with making long pants acceptable for women to wear, was outed in 1955.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 1, 2015

Sean Doolittle and Eireann Dolan pledge to buy up empty seats so stadium will be full

When the Oakland A's hold their LGBT Pride night in June, the stadium will be filled.

Pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend are making sure of that.

Some holders of season tickets had said publicly that they did not want to attend the game on the night celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride.

Doolittle's girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, was raised by two moms and is asking the ticket holders to sell the tickets to her and Doolittle.

March 31, 2015

Great year for LGBTIs in Florida

The city of Tampa in Florida has celebrated its first pride festival in 13 years – following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state in January.

The parade, which took place in the Ybor City district last weekend, follows an eight-year ban on gay pride events in Hillsborough County, since 2005.

This followed over 20 years of successful pride parades in the city.

Following years of campaigning Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride, was enthused at the return of the event – at last.

March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

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 18, 2015

Celebrating LGBTI Pride around the world

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.

March 17, 2015

Iconic LGBTI group inspired last year's hit film Pride; 'their involvement will help re-politicize our festival', says organizer

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) will lead this year's Birmingham Pride parade – in support of the festival's 'Freedom – Together United' theme.

The iconic LGBTI group – who inspired last year's comedy-drama Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus – recently reunited with the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners' Support Group for the first time in 30 years.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 12, 2015

Andre Xcellence’s ‘Game of Thrones’ features amazing drag dance off

RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Courtney Act and Manila Luzon have gone head-to-head in a music video for gay rapper Andre Xcellence.

The track, ‘Game of Thrones’, features a number of cameos including underwear model Pablo Hernandez, and they all face battle to the death in a fierce dance off.

Season 6 runner up Courtney and season 3 contestant Manila strut their stuff to the catchy tune to win rapper Xcellence’s ‘Game of Thrones’, which references the HBO show of the same name.

March 12, 2015

The co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it's not LA!)

I've lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.
 

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 10, 2015

Pop superstar claims people are more 'open-minded' about gay people than when it comes to women

Gay people have more rights than women, according to Madonna.

The Rebel Heart singer has claimed the situation for women and equality has not changed since 1983 compared to the movement for LGBTI people.

'Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period,' she said in an interview with Out magazine.

March 10, 2015

Up to 200 couples will marry in two ceremonies scheduled for 2015

A Taipei government official has promised to do his utmost to include gay couples in the city's mass weddings.

Xu Li-min, secretary of Taipei city's bureau of social affairs and gender equality office, made the vow on Friday (6 March) at a public gender forum at National Taiwan University.

He said he would need to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside straight couples or separately, but either way he hoped to bring about 'symbolic' ceremonies for gay couples this year.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.