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May 18, 2015

Sam Ciccone, who co-founded New York’s Gay Officers Action League in 1982, died 10 May in his home aged 71

Sam Ciccone, the co-founder of the oldest LGBTI police association in the United States, has passed away in his home aged 71.

Ciccone died on 10 May with the cause of death determined to be heart disease.

Ciccone became a police officer in New Jersey in 1964 aged just 20 and rose to become a detective sergeant over the next 15 years, keeping his sexuality a secret at work.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 12, 2015

Get set for a splash of color at annual LGBTI party, taking place from 10-14 June

Key West is to reveal a special rainbow crosswalk at next month's Pride festival, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia Streets in the heart of the island's LGBTI village.

The crosswalk in the gorgeous tropical beach destination, found on the southernmost tip of Florida Keys, will be co-sponsored by the City of Key West and the Key West Business Guild.

May 11, 2015

M People frontwoman set to perform at 'green' LGBTI event in July

Heather Small, star of the M People, will be performing at this year's Bristol Pride, it has been revealed.

The soul singer – known for her hit solo song 'Proud' – will join a line up that includes Soul II Soul singer Kym Mazella, Mysterious Times singer Tina Cousins and former X Factor star Amelia Lily, with more acts yet to be announced.

Bristol Pride takes place from 4-12 July, with the main Pride Day event taking place on Saturday 11 July in the City Centre's Castle Park.

May 6, 2015

One of Europe's biggest LGBT pride events is celebrating a major milestone in style

Brussels has always been a city where you get a real sense of the world coming together, a place where anything is possible, that sparks could fly with the tremendous mix of ideas, identities, and cultures.

In just a few days time the city will host a massive parade and party to close out the 2015, and it promises to be an event to remember.

May 5, 2015

The event will be 76-year-old Jacobi's first pride march ever; pair let slip they may visit the Stonewall Inn

Iconic actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi have been revealed as the 'Vicious' grand marshals of this year's NYC Pride.

They will lead the parade at this year's event alongside New York-based artist J. Christopher Neal and Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Nabagesera, according to the below announcement.

Sharing the news in a YouTube video, Jacobi reveals he has never been to a pride march before – prompting McKellen to refer to him as a 'Pride virgin'. 

April 29, 2015

'Society has fallen to such a low level that most people wouldn't even bat an eyelid at two men or two women walking hand in hand in the street'

An independent parliamentary candidate in Northern Ireland has said she would criminalize ban gay pride and recriminalize homosexuality if elected.

Susan-Anne White, 55, who is standing in Fermanagh and Omagh, also wants to make adultery and rock music illegal.

In her 'biblically correct' manifesto, she pledges to:

'Oppose the LGBT agenda, whilst showing compassion to those who struggle with gender confusion.

'Oppose the redefinition of marriage and uphold Biblical man/woman marriage.

April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 27, 2015

New York’s gay hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, face a continuing backlash, and a protest rally this evening, for hosting an intimate party with Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

The hoteliers who own New York’s Out NYC hotel and a commercial strip on Fire Island, among other ventures, have faced widespread calls for a boycott after hosting an intimate evening function at their home with Ted Cruz.

Cruz is a Republican Senator who has been very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Human Rights Campaign, Cruz ‘has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans … attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.’

April 13, 2015

Extra host posts pic on Instagram and confesses: 'Couldn't help it'

Mario Lopez was grand marshal of the Miami Gay Pride Parade over the weekend and got a little grabby.

The Saved By the Bell star who now hosts the entertainment host Extra posted a fun pic of himself on Instagram of him grabbing a friend's butt and giving it a solid squeeze.

The caption reads: Caught in the act! Couldn’t help it… @rodneyrinks ‘s butt looked so juicy today I had to get in there. He liked it :) #MiamiPride

April 10, 2015

Find out what it takes to be shortlisted for an Asia LGBT Milestone Award

Business is at the heart of securing positive change for LGBTI people in Asia.

They sponsor pride parades and festivals, try to support their gay and trans staff, and even change hearts and minds.

Here are the 11 organizations shortlisted for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

100 judges are now choosing the final winners who will be announced at a ceremony in Bangkok on 14 April with tickets available here.

March 31, 2015

Great year for LGBTIs in Florida

The city of Tampa in Florida has celebrated its first pride festival in 13 years – following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state in January.

The parade, which took place in the Ybor City district last weekend, follows an eight-year ban on gay pride events in Hillsborough County, since 2005.

This followed over 20 years of successful pride parades in the city.

Following years of campaigning Carrie West, President of Tampa Pride, was enthused at the return of the event – at last.

March 16, 2015

Drag shows, foam parties, a lesbian pirate cruise – and of course a pride parade

There’s no better time of year to visit Gran Canaria as an LGBTI tourist than Maspalomas Pride.

The 14 pride in the gay holiday resort from 8 to 17 May will see visitors and international performers fly in from all over Europe and beyond.

The week of events will feature pool and foam parties, drag performances, boat trips, fundraisers and even a cowboy dance off.

March 6, 2015

The bank is marking this weekend’s Mardi Gras festivities with rainbow flags at branches and messages on local ATMS

To mark its own commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion – and perhaps also to acknowledge the importance of Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to the local economy – HSBC Australia has decorated some of its branches in Sydney with rainbow flags.

It has also put messages promoting LGBT diversity on ATMs and display screens across New South Wales.

The campaign has been organized through the HSBC Pride Australia Network, which has also arranged events to raise LGBT issues among employees.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 25, 2015

Örebro Hockey organizes a 'pride match' in support of LGBTI rights

A Swedish hockey team Saturday (21 February) donned rainbow jerseys and danced to YMCA in a post-game celebration in support of LGBTI rights.

Örebro Hockey goalie Julius Hudacek is known for his post-game performances and has even earned himself the Twitter hastag #HudaShow.

After beating the Frölunda Indians 4-2 in a 'pride match,' Hudacek led his teammates and the entire audience in a dance to the 1978 Village People gay anthem YMCA.

February 23, 2015

The annual event took place over the weekend

Lapland's LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region's annual Pride celebrations. 

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland's commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe's most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle. 

February 22, 2015

The group says they targeted ANZ Bank's GAYTM to protest the company’s 'pinkwashing', 'commercialization' of the Auckland Pride Festival and treatment of their workers

What is thought to be a homophobic attack on an 'GAYTM' which was installed on Ponsonby Road by ANZ Bank to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival this month may not be homophobic after all.

The GAYTM was reportedly vandalized on Thursday night.

ANZ New Zealand twitted a photo early on Friday morning saying, 'We were sad to see our NZ-designed #gaytmnz has been vandalised overnight. Clean up is in progress.'

Many expressed their objection and disgust at the vandalism online calling it 'shocking, intolerant, disappointing.'

February 17, 2015

It's being described as the 'best and most diverse' screening

Student Pride is getting ready to host gay short film screening event Queer As Film in London this month.

The popular film showcase for aspiring LGBTI filmmakers is due to take place at legendary London club Heaven on 28 February.

Film topics include a drag mother dreaming of self mutilation to a Canadian movie star’s bum.

'The line up of short films are some of the best and most diverse we've ever screened,' Robert Gershinson, co-founder of the Queer As Film, said.

February 2, 2015

Israeli travel group Hebro Travel will visit WWII concentration camp in August

Israeli travel group Hebro Travel is to hold the first gay tour of WWII concentration camp Auschwitz, it's been revealed.

February 1, 2015

Some 5,000 people marched in the Indian city's eighth and one of the largest pride parades

'He's gay and I'm happy,' said Pradip Divgikar who marched with his son Sushant at the 5000-strong march in Mumbai on Saturday.

'I want all parents of LGBTQ children to be like him,' the son, who represented India at the Mr Gay World competition last year, said of his father in India's DNA newspaper.

According to DNA, parents of LGBTI children formed a substantial chunk of the marchers.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

December 31, 2014

20% of visitors to Buenos Aires are LGBTI, says tourism institute

Gay tourism is booming in Argentina.

The pink pound brought in a whopping $1.2b to the country's economy in 2014, according to the Tourism Ministry's National Institute for Tourism Promotion.

More than 445,000 LGBTIs descended on the country this year, says the TMNITP.

Research shows there was an especially high concentration of queer travellers in Buenos Aires.

One in five visitors to the Argentine capital were gay this year, according to data collected by the organisation.