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July 19, 2012

London needs an LGBT pride that's accountable, transparent and meaningful to get over the World Pride shambles of this year, says Stewart Who

Accountability. Transparency. Public duty. Law abiding. Financially secure. Nobody would ever use those words to describe any aspect of my life. In that respect, I have much in common with the recent history of gay pride events in London. Fortunately, my chaos living, criminal tendencies and stupidity doesn’t affect thousands of people. Nor is the whole world watching when my life implodes due to unpaid bills and broken dreams.

July 10, 2012

Liverpool Football Club have become the first premier league club to march in their city’s gay pride festival

Liverpool FC has announced they are to march in the city’s gay pride festival, making them first premier league club to show open support for LGBT pride.

The team is captained by England FC’s Steven Gerrard and players will march with the Liverpool Ladies side under a banner displaying the club's crest. The team will also be selling club merchandise to raise money for pride.

July 5, 2012

Mayor Boris Johnson criticized for not salvaging scaled-down World Pride in London. Rumors his office may have partly caused cash-crisis

London Mayor Boris Johnson will not be attending World Pride in the city this Saturday (7 July).

We can now confirm the rumor that he is not attending – at a time when criticism of the mayor for failing to salvage the scaled-down event is reaching new heights.

A spokesman for the mayor told us: ‘He has attended [London Pride] in the past. He won’t be at this event. He doesn’t attend everything.’

Some sources have suggested that Johnson would have faced jeers and protests if he had marched at the front of pride as in previous years.

July 3, 2012

Gaydar offered ‘considerable financial support’ to bail out London’s World Pride but were told it was too late

Global dating and radio company Gaydar have confirmed to Gay Star News that they tried to bail out the scaled-down World Pride event but were told it was too late.

Last week Pride London bosses, responsible for running World Pride in the British capital this year, had to pull floats out of the 7 July march and axe the street party in the gay district of Soho due to a ‘cash crisis’ which meant they didn’t have enough money for safety and security contractors.

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 27, 2012

Pride London bosses say they don’t owe money from last year’s event and insist that World Pride will go ahead next week as planned

Organizers of Pride London have hit back at newspaper reports that World Pride, due to take place in the city next week, is under threat.

Last night the London Evening Standard reported that the event on 7 July might have to be scaled back, in particular the parade, as contractors may refuse to work because they are still owed money.

June 13, 2012

British gay X Factor finalist to perform at one of UK's biggest free pride festivals

British X Factor finalist Marcus Collins will headline gay pride in his hometown of Liverpool.

The out and proud singer will perform a mixture of tracks from his self-titled album, including his new single Mercy, as well as songs he performed on the X-Factor at the event in the northern English city on 4 August.

Collins came second in the TV talent show in 2011 and reached the top 10 with his debut single Seven Nation Army earlier this year.

June 10, 2012

After many festivals cancel, The Co-Operative is sponsoring 15 UK Gay Prides

British company The Co-Operative is sponsoring 15 gay pride events this summer after many feared cancellation from lack of funds.

Organisers of pride festivals across the UK were anxious they had to battle against the London Summer Olympics being the sponsors’ focus for 2012.

Bristol Pride boss Daryn Carter told Gay Star News: ‘It’s been a real struggle. We’ve had to be creative. People say to us that they don’t have any money but can they do something else.

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.

June 4, 2012

Tells Gay Star News: 'This is the last frontier of civil rights'

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed thousands of LGBT people and their allies to his official residence Sunday afternoon for a star-studded garden party kicking off a week of Pride events that culminates in a two-day festival next weekend.

Chaz Bono, one of this year's LA Pride honorees, was at the party as was actress Molly Ringwald who will be grand marshal of next Sunday's Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

Villaraigosa, mayor since 2005, took some time during the event to speak with Gay Star News about his longtime commitment to LGBT equality.

April 26, 2012

The capital of Japan has two LGBT Pride marches this year. Gay Star News speaks to the organisers of this Sunday's Tokyo Rainbow Pride

In Tokyo Pride marches are like buses. You wait for over a year and then two come along at once. Although with Tokyo's excellent transport system, the analogy doesn't translate so well. Anyway, in 2011 there were no LGBT Pride marches and 2012 has two, one on August 11 (Tokyo Pride) and one this Sunday 29 April (Tokyo Rainbow Pride).

April 24, 2012

Organizers of 18-day London gay pride festival say they are exploring 'other options' after cancelling event in Clapham Common

A gay pride event planned to coincide with the Olympics in London has been cancelled due to 'a lack of sponsorship and headline entertainment'.

The 18-day Pride House festival was originally planned to be held in the UK capital's Clapham Common park from 26 July to 12 August.

April 10, 2012

The public will be able to choose the theme for the event on England's south coast

Brighton Pride have announced the final two themes in consideration for this year’s event, with the winner to be decided by the local community and online voters. The choice is between the United Colours of Pride and Triumphs and Tragedies.

The event will take place on 1 September in Brighton in the south of England. The final two themes were picked after local newspaper the Argus called for suggestions from readers.

April 3, 2012

Bristol Pride in south west England overcomes money struggles to return this summer

Bristol’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride will take place from 7 to 15 July this year, having overcome a ‘real struggle’ to find enough money to go ahead.

Organisers of the festival in south west England say they had to battle against the Olympics being most sponsors’ focus for 2012.