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June 13, 2014

The UK capital is to get its first rainbow pedestrian crossing and its cycle hire scheme is also getting an LGBTI Pride makeover

London is to follow in the pedestrian footsteps of Tel Aviv and Sydney with its first rainbow crossing for Pride at the end of this month.

Pioneered in the Israeli beach city, the idea of rainbow crossings has now started to spread around the world.

London’s first will be at the junction of Pall Mall East and Suffolk Street, where the Pride in London parade will pass on 28 June.

But it will only last for the day.

The city is also giving 75 of its pay-as-you-go Barclay’s Cycle Hire bikes a ‘Ride with Pride’ logo during Pride week.

June 9, 2014

The prison warden turned X Factor star joins a line-up of yesteryear and today’s hottest stars performing at Brighton and Hove Pride 2014

Last year’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey has been announced as one of the headline acts for Brighton Pride’s closing party.

She will perform in one of Britain’s biggest LGBTI hubs located on the south coast, joining a line-up of confirmed pop stars and a newly revamped Pride progam.

This year's Brighton Pride highlights include:

June 6, 2014

The City of Toronto has painted two rainbow LGBTI pride crossings on the road in its gay district to celebrate the city hosting WorldPride and unlike a similar crossing in Sydney they will be left on the road surface as a permanent reminder of the event

The streets of Toronto’s gay village has been given a permanent makeover in time for the city hosting WorldPride from 20-29 June this year with two rainbow crossing painted on its roadway in the LGBTI pride colors.

The crossings were installed by the City of Toronto, which also erected 250 WorldPride 2014 banners across the center of the city’s downtown in partnership with a number of local Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups.

May 22, 2014

Non-LGBTI crowd, heavy drinking and vast numbers caused problems for police. If community doesn’t back plan, whole festival could be shut down

The UK’s Brighton Pride is planning to charge for its street party for the first time to stop a ‘rough’ free-for-all with out of control drinking.

The change has been forced on organizers of the LGBTI festival on the south coast of England, which is a highlight of the British summer.

And if the community doesn’t agree to the new plan, the whole festival could be shut down for safety reasons.

May 22, 2014

From Tel Aviv to Texas, San Francisco to Sitges, June has more Gay Pride parades and parties than you know what to do with... and let's not forget the pride performances by Jennifer Hudson, Tegan and Sara, Rita Ora, Steve Grand and more!

Gay Pride means different things to different people.

For many countries and cities, pride is no longer about walking a few hours in the street, worried about an impending attack for being out in public.

The sad reality is many LGBTI people around the world can not celebrate their lives openly... all the more reason to join the Gay Pride celebrations close to you, to show solidarity and support for your LGBTI family around the world.

March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

February 6, 2014

To support the LGBTI community and continue to provide international coverage, we partner with numerous global brands throughout the year

GSN is the largest LGBTI news, entertainment and travel source, with an international team working 24-7. We are the go-to-source for information, so a well-respected platform for brand association.

Partnerships we have acquired include:

December 26, 2013

LGBTI rights leaders from around the world to speak at event as part of Toronto’s WorldPride celebrations in 2014

Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly gay head of government, is to headline the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.

The event, organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto, Canada, will see presenters from 60 countries.

International LGBTI activists will debate human rights around the world at the event from 25 to 27 June.

November 26, 2013

The mayor of Madrid has been accused of trying to destroy the city’s annual LGBTI pride week after the city fined the event’s organizer hundreds of thousands of dollars over noise code violations

The conservative Mayor of Madrid has been accused of trying to shut down Europe’s largest LGBTI pride event after the organizers of the Madrid Pride Week were slugged with noise code violation fines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ana Botella, the wife of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, passed a new public noise code in 2011 under which the event has been fined four years in a row, forcing organizers of the annual event to go to court to try to have them dismissed.

September 5, 2013

Ambassadors from 15 countries have written to Serbia’s Prime Minister asking to ensure a safe and peaceful Belgrade Pride can go ahead

The Netherlands Ambassador to Serbia and 14 other ambassadors have called on the Serbian Government to ensure that Belgrade Pride Week events can be held safely and peacefully.

Ambassador Laurent Stokvis sent a statement in support of Belgrade Pride on behalf of the Dutch embassy to Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.

July 25, 2013

Brighton & Hove Pride have launched an Android and iPhone app guide to all of the events in the 2013 festival

Showing your pride at the Brighton & Hove Pride Festival in 2013 has never been easier thanks to the launch of a new smart phone app that will guide you to all of the events in the festival.

‘Whether you are watching or taking part in the parade, traveling to the park, enjoying the city and it’s bars, taking in the entertainment and the Pride Arts & Film Festival or simply want to be ahead of the rest with Brighton Pride news, Pride's new App is absolutely essential,’ organizers say.

June 30, 2013

Women of all colors and ages take over New York City streets in a joyous tradition that comes the day before the Gay Pride parade

For some New Yorkers, Gay Pride weekend doesn't start until the first drum beat of Dyke March.

For 21 years, women have gathered in Manhattan's Bryant Park, near Times Square, and marched down Fifth Avenue.

Unlike the Gay Pride parade, this march of women of all types is sponsor free. No floats or corporate dollars. Just homemade signs and approximately 30 drummers who kept the beat.

June 24, 2013

Openly lesbian Kathleen Wynne is to become the first sitting provincial premier to march in the Toronto Pride Parade – though she’s been marching as a civilian for years

Kathleen Wynne, Canada’s first openly lesbian woman to head a provincial government, is set to become the first sitting Premier to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade on June 29.

Wynne took office in February this year and is the first openly gay or lesbian Premier in Canada and the first female Premier of Ontario.

Wynne came out at age 37 after raising three children in a heterosexual marriage and now lives with long-term partner Jane Rounthwaite.

June 23, 2013

Openly gay tennis pro Martina Navratilova gave inspiring and astute answers during an interview with out TV personality Clare Blading 

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and TV presenter Clare Balding kept the full house laughing and clapping today in London’s St James Theatre.

Introduced as ‘two leading lights in the lesbian community,’ Balding hosted an audience with Navratilova to kick off London Pride Week with a fundraiser question and answer session.

June 21, 2013

First ever Wausau Pride was canceled after growing safety concerns and anti-gay comments from local politicians

Gay pride in Wausau, Wisconsin is canceled after organizers said society had become too ‘ugly’.

Daxx Bouvier called off the event planned for tomorrow (22 June), which would have been the US state city’s first LGBT parade.

Speaking to the Wausau Daily Herald, he said he was ‘disappointed’ by comments made in local news articles.

Bouvier, who lives in California but owns a home in Wisconsin, said people who had planned to participate in the parade told him they were concerned for their safety.

May 28, 2013

Pride Week may lose funding a year before it hosts World Pride event in a row about Queers Against Israeli Apartheid taking part

A group of councilors in Toronto will today (28 May) try to withdraw funding for their Pride festival, a year before the city is due to hold World Pride.

Councilor David Shiner plans to ignore the advice of city staff and submit a motion to remove Pride’s C$123,807 ($119,707 €92,679) cultural grant.

It’s an attempt to penalize Pride Toronto for allowing the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) to participate in the annual parade.

May 27, 2013

An estimated 125,000 people attended the weekend festivities at the 17th annual Birmingham Pride

This year’s Birmingham Pride went from being the ‘craziest’ event to ‘most successful’ pride the West Midlands city has ever seen.

Over 75,000 people joined the gay pride parade led by LGBT rights activist Peter Tatchell and MP Michael Cashman, and an estimated 50,000 party-goers attended the two-day festival in the city’s gay village.

May 22, 2013

JLS, Paloma Faith, Lucy Spraggan, Stooshe and many more are part of the star-studded line up at the West Midlands English city pride

Birmingham pride have sold ‘crazy’ numbers of tickets for this year’s event according to their Twitter page.

April 19, 2013

Presentations wanted for The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 on 'LGBTTIQQ2SA' human rights

WorldPride, the international pride event, is calling for submissions for presentations at the 2014 human rights conference in Toronto.

The organizing committee want activists, artists, educators, journalists, policy-makers, students and others involved in sexual orientation and gender identity human rights work to submit presentations to be considered to be shown at The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.

February 6, 2013

GSN travels to the Swiss party capital to check on preparations for pride in 2013

If you were academically inclined, the evolution of LGBT ‘Pride’ events around the world would make an interesting dissertation subject.

What began in cities such as San Francisco and New York as small angry protests, demanding equality and an end to discrimination, has now become a fixture on the calendar of most major urban centers around the world.

January 18, 2013

Community-based group chosen to run festival in UK capital for the next five years. Only 115 days remain to put event together

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (18 January) chosen a community interest company to run the city’s pride festival for the next five years.

But the decision has come so late that organizers now only have 115 days to put together a festival which usually takes a year to organize.

It comes after the previous organization running pride collapsed following 2012’s event. London had been hosting World Pride but it had to be drastically scaled back at the last minute due to a funding crisis.

December 6, 2012

North West England’s biggest LGBT event raises £52,000 for good causes but profits down by half due to rain and lower charitable giving in 2012

Manchester Pride, one of the UK’s biggest and best gay festivals, is to donate £52,000 ($84,000, €64,000) to charity – but its profits have been halved by bad weather.

The event charges for entry to the streets of Manchester’s gay Village during the pride weekend but always spreads its profits around the north west’s LGBT and HIV charities.

But this year’s festival in August in the gay capital of northern England faced a perfect storm of wet weather and a UK-wide decline of 20% in charitable giving.

October 18, 2012

Taiwan's capital Taipei is probably Asia’s most liberal and gay friendly city and hosts the continent's largest LGBT Pride march

Many people travelling to Asia usually take in China, Japan and Hong Kong but overlook the gem that is Taiwan.

The capital of Taiwan, Taipei, is probably Asia’s most liberal and gay friendly city.

And there's no better time to party there than in a week's time when on Saturday (27 October) it will host Asia’s largest LGBT Pride march. The city hopes to top the 30,000-plus attendees of 2011.

October 3, 2012

The Serbian Ministry of Interior has banned the gay pride march in Belgrade, just three days before it was due to take place

Serbia's Ministry of Interior has banned Belgrade Pride today, just three days before it was due to take place.

The Serbian authorities also banned the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in 2009 and 2011, claiming they were worried about public safety.

The National Security Council chose to outlaw the march, as well as the three other large public gatherings on 6 October, shattering any hope of the organizers even marching a few meters at the center of the city with their private security service.