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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 As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation'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The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.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.

July 22, 2012

For the first time, uniformed and active duty military march in San Diego Pride

Yesterday was a historic day for the US military. For the first time active duty men and women, in uniform,  participated in the San Diego Pride parade.

As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, a number of sailors, soldiers, and Marines marched with an Army truck. The vehicle was decorated with a 'Freedom to Serve' banner and a rainbow flag. The uniformed troops were joined by military peers in civilian clothes.

July 4, 2012

So much more than a party, Sydney Mardi Gras reaches the issues other LGBT pride events don’t touch

I feel compelled to state the case of Sydney's Mardi Gras (MG) – known as the world's biggest outdoor celebration – a title we won in 1993 after drawing a 500,000 strong crowd to watch the one mile LGBTQI parade that lasts three hours. I simply cannot bear anyone to assume that Sydney Mardi Gras is just a good excuse for a party.

July 4, 2012

Following the confusion over this year’s World Pride weekend, GSN has a full run down on what is definitely happening in London

World Pride 2012 has caused much confusion this week, so GSN has compiled a full guide of what is happening in London over the 7 to 8 July weekend.

July 3, 2012

First Pride London bosses scale back World Pride to ban floats, now they say you can have shopping trolleys instead

Pride London bosses have told marchers joining World Pride’s procession through the streets of the British capital that, while they aren’t allowed cars, busses, or floats, they can use shopping trolleys.

Bikes, roller skates and non-motorized scooters are also permitted.

Just last week event bosses had to scale back the parade on 7 July, banning floats, cars and busses after a cash-flow crisis left them unable to afford full safety and crowd-control measures.

June 28, 2012

GSN is receiving unconfirmed reports that London may not be able to have floats on the World Pride parade

Festival bosses may still have to scale back the World Pride parade in London next week, despite assurances they are financially stable.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the decision not to allow cars, buses and floats in the World Pride parade on 7 July, which the UK capital is hosting this year, has already been made.

June 21, 2012

Cooper Smith and Todd Koch will be walking alongside JC Penney employees

When Todd Koch and Cooper Smith were featured in the June JC Penney catalog with their children Claire and Mason, their gay-themed Father's Day photo may have gone by largely unnoticed if it had not been protested by an anti-gay group.

But thanks to OneMillionMoms, a subgroup of American Family Association which called for a boycott of JC Penney, the couple have been getting more attention than they could have imagined.

June 8, 2012

'Is there anyone who doesn't think Queen Latifah is a lesbian?'

Alec Mapa, best known for his recurring role as fashion reporter Suzuki St. Pierre on ABC's Ugly Betty, is performing in his first LA Pride this weekend.

It's a bit surprising since the actor, stand-up comic and self-proclaimed 'America's Gaysian Sweetheart' has long been out and proud and lives in Los Angeles.

April 16, 2012

Transgender son of Cher receives sunny welcome from gay pride revellers in Florida

Chaz Bono joined thousands celebrating at the fourth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade yesterday (15 April).

The transgender son of Cher and Sonny Bono, who shot to fame starring in hit US TV show Dancing With The Stars, was this year's grand marshal in the procession.

March 17, 2012

Despite equality gains in New York, organizers of St. Patrick's Day parade insist on gay and lesbian exclusion

Gays and lesbians might be able to marry in the Empire State, but they still can't march in the St. Patrick's Day parade.

The Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the sponsor of the New York City event, have barred Irish LGBT organizations from participating for approximately 20 years. As reported by Huffington Post, the group maintained in a court case the parade is a  'private religious procession.'

March 16, 2012

GSN finds amazing St Patty's Day parties on (almost) every continent

Saint Patrick’s Day (this year on 17 March) marks a global celebration that commemorates Ireland’s most commonly recognised patron with green beer, green clothes, and even green natural wonders.

Gay Star News has looked to six continents, leaving no pot of gold untouched to discover which cities around the world offer the best St Patty’s Day shenanigans. Next year we hope Antarctica will join in on the craic.