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March 16, 2015

'Follow the rainbow to Ireland'

An Irish LGBTI group won Overall Winner of Best Float at Sydney's Saint Patrick's Day parade over the weekend.

It was the first time a gay group has officially participated in the event.

The Irish Dancing Queens float was partly recycled following an outing at the recent Mardi Gras parade.

It was emblazoned with the message 'Follow the rainbow to Ireland'.

The group was also said to be keen to emphasize the message of same-sex marriage.

March 9, 2015

Australia’s SBS public broadcaster put together a highlights show of the best of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and you can watch it here

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival ended with a bang on the weekend but for those who couldn’t make it, SBS TV have put together a highlights show of the best of the parade.

Hosted by journalist Patrick Abboud, comedian Tom Ballard and veteran Australian film and television actress Magda Szubanski, the show provides a 2 hour commentated rundown of the best of the parade as well as the stories behind many of the entries.

March 7, 2015

Thick crowds stretched almost the entire length of the parade route and almost to the site of tonight’s Mardi Gras Party after party and this year top Australian military leaders took part in the parade

Hundreds of thousands of people have packed the streets of Sydney’s gay village tonight to watch the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras take place for the 37th year in a row.

There were thick crowds all the way to Moore Park which meant that participants had to give their best along the entire parade route to wow the crowd and many were visibly exhausted by the end.

March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

December 1, 2014

Christopher Sean's character could come between daytime soap's newlywed gay couple

On the US daytime soap Days of Our Lives, gay couple Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton are still newlyweds.

But there is a newcomer to the fictional town of Salem who surprised Sonny with a kiss and could mean trouble for a couple already on the rocks.

On today's episode of the soap, viewers learned that hunky hospital patient Paul Narita - a pro baseball player who has the female staff swooning - is actually a closeted gay man who used to be involved with Sonny.

September 12, 2014

Group's president Bill Donohue complains: 'They decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics'

An LGBTI group will be marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015 but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will not be.

The group's president, Bill Donohoe, posted a letter on the group's website Thursday (11 September) explaining why the league won't be participating in the parade for the first time in 20 years.

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.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 7, 2014

'The vast majority of officers understand: When they put their badge on and come to work, they leave their personal beliefs at home, and we provide service to the community,' says police spokewoman

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing an assignment to work during the weekend’s gay pride parade.

Some 30 officers are scheduled to direct traffic control and provide security for the 120-entry parade on Sunday, and the officer in question would likely be involved in that capacity, according to media reports.

March 22, 2014

Bigot Bill Donohue asked to march in New York's Heritage of Pride Parade, but now charges organizers are forcing him to follow rules he rejects

Anti-gay marriage advocate Bill Donohue is declining to march in the New York City Gay Pride Parade, after he charging he would never be invited.

The president of the Catholic League fumed when Guinness stopped sponsoring the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade because of its exclusion of gay organizations.

He demanded to march in June's Heritage of Pride parade with a banner 'Straight is great.'

March 17, 2014

'We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation'

Guinness announced, in the early evening of 16 March, it was ending sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

'Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,' the company said in a statement on the website of GLAAD, an LGBTI media watch organization.

March 16, 2014

'It's time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family'

The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The reason for the boycott is because New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Inc, the organizer of the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the US, bans gay organizations from marching.

The Stonewall Riots, the start of the modern gay rights movement, started at the bar in 1969 June.

March 4, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the St Pat’s For All parade in Queens on Sunday but will not be marching in the city’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade over its exclusion of visibly LGBTI participants]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the LGBTI inclusive St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens on Sunday in the event’s 15th year since being started as an alternative to New York’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2000 over its exclusion of visibly gay marchers.

De Blasio was continuing a tradition as mayor in marching in the St Pat’s For All Parade that he began as a public advocate.

March 1, 2014

This year saw one of the largest Sydney Mardi Gras parades ever, with massive crowds turning out to watch the event despite the threat of rain

This years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was one of the largest ever – with so many marching this year that over a thousand people who wanted to were told by organizers that they couldn’t to try to keep the event under its 4 hour allotted length.

The parade began in its traditional way with Sydney’s Dykes on Bikes roaring up the parade route, followed by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a First Australians group of indigenous Australians.

January 2, 2014

Very few protests meet Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots as they exchange vows at the 125th Rose Parade

A gay male couple shared wedding vows at the end of a US New Year's Day tradition, the Rose Parade.

Standing on top of a float for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair wore dark suits as their ceremony was officiated by Rev. Alfreda Lanoix.

This was the first time a gay wedding was performed in the parade's 125 year history. The Tournament of Roses Parade is held in Pasadena, California, one of the 18 US states where gay marriage is legal.

November 30, 2013

But writer Harvey Fierstein praises it as a 'message of tolerance and acceptance to America's parade'

The musical Kinky Boots may have won the Tony Award for best musical this year but its presence in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade was just too much for some people.

The show, written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a struggling British shoe factory's young, straight-laced owner who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen to save the business with custom fetish-type footwear.

A number from the show was featured on NBC's telecast of the parade and a disapproving YouTube user by the name of SuperLatvian posted video of it.

November 26, 2013

Sydney’s iconic LGBTI Mardi Gras pride parade is looking for participants, with entries for the parade opening earlier this month

Applications to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade opened earlier this month and if you or a group want to have an entry in the parade you have until 10 January to lodge an Expression of Interest with parade organizers and until 17 January to lodge a formal application.

Groups that are either LGBTI or supportive of LGBTI people are eligible to take part in the 2014 parade but must not have a message that is discriminatory towards other groups.

October 20, 2013

Anti-gay protestors throw stones and firecrackers at police who were protecting the first gay pride parade in Montenegro's capital

The police in Podgorica used tear gas against opponents of the city's first ever gay pride parade.

According to the Associated Press, dozens of attackers tried to push through the hundreds of police who were protecting participants in Sunday's (20 October) march.

October 6, 2013

Orlando Pride organizers say people from South Africa, Brazil, Germany and Great Britain enjoyed the entire day of events

Yesterday's (5 October) Orlando Pride parade ended the only way a day of fun can: with  a firework display.

Held in the  hometown of Walt Disney World Resort, and other major tourist attractions, the entire affair is the largest LGBT-organized event in Florida.

June 15, 2013

Russian immigrants plan to use New York Gay Pride parade float as a symbol of freedom

The line in the advertisement says it all: 'celebrating our life in the free world.'

Gay immigrants from the former Soviet Union are putting the final touches on a Russian float that will be part of the 30 June New York City Gay Pride Festival.

April 23, 2013

Bernard Gaynor, who was deselected as a candidate for senate by Katter's Australian Party, disciplined by the Australian army for anti-Islamic and anti-LGBT comments

Reserve Australian army officer and former senate candidate Bernard Gaynor has been disciplined by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for comments about Islam and the army marching in the Sydney Mardi Gras LGBT rights parade.

Gaynor said on Facebook yesterday that he had been charged seven times by the ADF for, in his words:

March 20, 2013

Dozens speak out about inappropriate police behavior at police community forum in Sydney

New South Wales (NSW) police addressed concerns from the LGBT community at a packed public meeting last night.

The meeting was called after several accusations of inappropriate and violent police behavior at the Sydney Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 2 March, including alleged excessive force in the arrest of 18-year-old Jamie Jackson, which was captured on video.

March 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of tourists and Sydneysiders turned out to watch the 2013 Mardi Gras parade despite an early threat of rain

Sydney’s 35th annual Mardi Gras Parade has been a success despite an early threat of rain from bad weather that thankfully cleared up at the last minute.

It had rained the previous night and all day but that didn’t deter the hundreds of thousands who turned up to line Sydney’s Oxford Street to watch the parade - which itself contained 10,000 people across 110 different marching groups and floats.

September 3, 2012

Pride organizers defend Sussex Police after accused of 'kettling' anti-government group Queers Against Cuts during the parade

Police have hailed Brighton Pride a 'great success' despite arresting 40 people over theft, drugs, being drunk and disorderly, common assault or affray.

Only five people were charged in total and Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, said the 'vast majority' of revellers at Saturday's (1 September) event enjoyed themselves and would take away 'fond memories'.

'Given the sheer size of the event, I would say that the day was a great success,' he said.