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April 6, 2014

The four – among other 28 other candidates – signed a protocol prepared by a gay rights group to undertake to protect and improve gay rights, and partner with LGBT associations and promote anti-discrimination measures

Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul and its southern port city of Mersin now have four 'LGBT-friendly' mayors between them.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the four elected were among 32 candidates who ran during the elections on March 30 and signed the LGBT Friendly Municipality Protocol.

March 11, 2014

Moral questions raised over BAE Systems walking in the parade, with the firm's LGBT group saying they have every right to be there

Manchester Pride is to review whether a British firm that provides arms to anti-gay countries should take part in its annual march.

BAE System's LGBTI group participated in the parade in 2013 and intends to do so again. But Manchester Pride's new director, Mark Fletcher, has told GSN he will 'seriously' look at whether they should be allowed.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has campaigned for arms industry giant BAE Systems to be excluded from future pride festivals, LGBTI awards and events, having been involved amid some controversy in the past.

March 3, 2014

Get a front-row seat to the goings-on of Australia’s biggest pride celebration, with photos thanks to SameSame.com.au

Variety is an understatement when it comes to pride parades.

From the politically outspoken to the scantily clad, every community and organization is sure to find their place in the now iconic gay pride events that take place throughout the globe.

Weeks of revelry and pride celebrations wrapped up this weekend in Australia with the closing party of the season: Sydney Mardi Gras.

February 8, 2014

A crowd of 70,000 will hold hands at Sydney’s Mardi Gras to stand up for gay rights in Russia

70,000 will hold hands at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to show their support for gay people in Russia.

The event on 9 February will see Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras join forces with the Asia Pacific Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA-AP) to stage a mass photo of people holding hands to voice their support for the LGBTI community in Russia.

The project aims to show solidarity for competitors in the Winter Olympics and LGBTI people who face discrimination from the Russian government.

February 7, 2014

Openly gay artist IDa4 sends his message of love and support with a new mural in LGBTI district

Millions have fought the Russian anti-gay laws with placards, petitions, pride marches and more – now one gay man has fought them with a spray can.

IDa4 is a street artist with murals all over Europe and his latest piece is now gracing his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

One of the few openly-gay street artists in Britain, he created this protest artwork in the city’s gay village, with the support of Adrian Gadd, a prominent businessman in the LGBTI district.

February 6, 2014

To celebrate the north becoming the last part of Europe to decriminalize homosexuality, Cyprus will celebrate gay rights in a 'long overdue' event

Cyprus will be holding their first ever Gay Pride this year.

To celebrate the north being the last part of Europe to decriminalize homosexuality, the country will celebrate gay rights for 15 days.

Gay rights campaigners believe the ‘time is ripe for an elusive dream of ours’, allowing LGBTI people to be heard and accepted as equals.

The official parade will take place in Cyprus capital of Nicosia.

February 2, 2014

Three people were injured after hooligans wearing hoods and balaclavas stormed a movie theatre hosting a gay film festival in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Saturday

A police official, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP that “several” hooligans entered the Art Cinema Kriterion on the second day of the 3-day Merlinka festival, which opened on Friday.

February 1, 2014

50 Olympians past and present have signed a global petition calling on Russia to stop its crack down on LGBT people that is fueling anti-gay violence in the country

Some 52 Olympians including Sochi competitors and former medalists have signed onto a statement to call on Russia to reconsider recently introduced anti-gay laws that forbid "gay propaganda" aimed at minors. Gay pride marches and protests in support of gay rights have routinely been banned in all Russian cities in the past, and activists attempting to hold rallies are often detained by police.

January 5, 2014

The country claiming one of the best gay cities in the world, Tel Aviv, is participating in London’s Gay Star Beach Party, a daytime event to celebrate, promote and educate on LGBTI tourism

The Israeli Tourism Board is bringing Mediterranean flair to London’s Gay Star Beach Party held 18 and 19 January.

A beach-themed daytime party at Heaven nightclub in Charing Cross, the Gay Star Beach Party + LGBTI Travel Show brings some of the world’s most gay-friendly destinations to the heart of London.

The free party gives guests direct access to holiday prizes, drink specials, a fashion show and the chance to mix and mingle with London’s LGBTI community and allies in support of LGBTI tourism.

December 30, 2013

January 2014 is the beginning of the second half of Australia’s summer LGBTI pride festival circuit – with major pride events across the states of New South Wales and Victoria

Australia’s summer LGBTI pride calendar straddles the year’s end and there are a host more events to enjoy before the festival circuit closes with the coming of the colder months.

From January to March in 2014 there are almost no weeks where there isn’t an LGBTI pride event happening in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, and many gay and lesbian tourists plan their trips around Australia to coincide with these events.

December 19, 2013

Court has convicted a young LGBT advocate of gay propaganda, the third time this has happened in the federal law's history

A Russian court has found a gay rights activist guilty of gay propaganda, the third time this has happened in the law’s history.

While numerous others have been charged, very few have been convicted in Russia for violating the gay propaganda ban.

Dmitry Isakov, a 24-year-old bank clerk and student, was fined 4,000 rubles ($121, €89) – the minimum for an individual violation.

Back in June he was arrested twice after he tried to get permission from authorities to hold a gay pride march in the Russian city of Kazan.

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

December 10, 2013

Rainbow Reykjavik turns up the heat in January with a Blue Lagoon pool party, a Golden Circle tour and a Masquerade Ball in celebration of the global LGBTI community

There’s a reason Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and the producers of hit TV series Game of Thrones come to Iceland.

With its rugged terrain shaped by geothermal activity, progressive LGBTI laws like marriage and adoption thanks to the people’s emphasis on family, an internationally renowned pop/folk music scene claiming the likes of Bjork and Sigur Ros… Iceland is a world all it’s own.

December 5, 2013

The 19th Manila Metro Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Pride March will wind its way through the Philippines capital in two days time, in the longest running celebration of its kind in Asia

The LGBTI community in the Philippines will hold its 19th annual pride march on Saturday in the capital city of Manila.

The Metro Manila Pride March will leave from Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila on Saturday, 7 December at 3pm to wind its way through the city and will be followed by an entertainment program featuring talents from The Library Comedy Bar, BED Manila, and other LGBTI performers.

December 1, 2013

Police in the Indian city of Pune distributed roses to LGBTI pride marchers last Sunday to show them they have nothing to fear from them as long as they obey the law

Around 200 LGBTI pride marchers in the Indian city of Pune got a pleasant surprise last Sunday when a contingent of the city’s police force turned up and distributed roses to them.

The third annual Pune LGBT Pride March was held on 24 November and left Pune’s Sarvajanik Sabha at 11am for a circuit of the city streets before returning to its starting point for a brunch.

November 11, 2013

It is estimated that nearly 150,000 turned out for Saturday’s annual Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade, the third since Argentina legalized same-sex marriage

Massive crowds came out to take part in the 22nd Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, starting with a group kiss before 150,000 took to the streets.

The parade wound its way through the city’s streets to the Plaza de Mayo for an open air festival and fireworks show.

Many of the signs and speeches at the event referenced Pope Francis I who in his former role of Catholic Archbishop of Buenos Aires had vocally opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the Latin American nation.

November 1, 2013

Pete Ricketts' sister and fellow co-owner is a lesbian and outspoken supporter of LGBTI equality

Chicago Cubs co-owner Pete Ricketts wants to make clear that it wasn't his idea for the baseball team to be one of the sponsors of the city's gay pride event.

Ricketts, 49, wants to be the Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska and some of his rivals are making an issue of the Major League Baseball's team support of LGBTI equality.

Ricketts blames his sister, Laura Ricketts, who is a lesbian and also one of the team's co-owners.

October 28, 2013

Gay Star News captures the enthusiastic and supportive vibe at this weekend's Taipei LGBT Pride parade

The great thing about gay pride events is they don't discriminate against age, sex or race.

This pride-goer was all smiles at the weekend's march, flashing a smile with his Manhunt fan as he joined an estimated 60,000 marchers.

Taipei's LGBT pride is being called Asia's biggest gay pride event, with approximately 4,000 attendees coming from abroad.

October 18, 2013

The Montenegrin Government has pledged to deploy more than two thousand police officers to ensure public safety during Sunday’s Podgorica Pride Parade after the country’s first ever pride march was violently attacked by hundreds of thugs in the resort town of Budva in July

Montenegro will deploy more than two thousand police to protect the first ever pride march in the capital Podgorica on Sunday

The Montenegrin Government pledged the police presence after an earlier pride march was attacked by hundreds of people throwing rocks and bottles in the seaside resort town of Budva in July.

October 9, 2013

A biologist from Bari was pictured alongside LGBT activists at Palermo's airport, after the national gay pride parade. Now he has sued la Repubblica newspaper and asked for compensation

A biologist is so upset about being pictured next to LGBT activists returning from Palermo Pride he is suing Italy's main newspaper over the photo.

The man from Bari, southern Italy, said he even had to explain to his girlfriend that he had not actually taken part in the gay and trans parade in the Sicilian capital.

By strange coincidence he was just coming back from a conference on animal sexuality when he was caught in the snap.

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.

October 4, 2013

Suriname, the only Dutch speaking country in South America, is to hold its third LGBT pride festival in October

Suriname, the smallest country in South America, is to hold its third annual LGBT OUT@SU pride march and festival this month, with a launch event tonight in the city of Paramaribo at Lounge One and Club Nightfever.

This year’s theme is Sexual Diversity in the Workplace and the launch will be followed by an outreach event in Commewijne on Saturday and a forum on sexuality in the workplace on Sunday which will be attended by representatives of unions, business leaders and the Suriname Ministry of Labour.

October 3, 2013

The LGBT community in the Indian state of Gujurat will march 6 October in the city of Surat to call on the Supreme Court to confirm the decriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation

The Indian state of Gujurat will host its first LGBT pride march Sunday in the city of Surat.

Organized by the Gujarat LGBT Pride Festival (GLGBTPF) with the support of the Foram Foundation, marchers hope to draw attention to the political aspirations of India’s LGBTs and also call on the Supreme Court to finally release its ruling on challenges to the Delhi High Court’s striking down of India’s colonial era sodomy laws.

October 2, 2013

‘I’m not going to let petty criminals sway my dedication to Pride', head organizer says as she is forced to move LGBT event

Johannesburg Pride will be postponed after the chief organizer was beaten, and threatened with rape and death.

Kaye Ally, project manager, announced that ‘due to circumstances much beyond our control, we’re moving the 24th Annual Johannesburg Pride Festival to the Sandton precinct on the 26 October 2013.’

It was due to take place this Saturday (5 October).

According to Ally, the decision was taken ‘with regards to the LGBTIAQ community’s well-being’.