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April 2, 2014

S Club 7, Stooshe and Foxes also to perform at the two-day event in the West Midlands

A star studded line-up of headline acts for this year’s Birmingham Pride have been announced ahead of the festival next month.

Conor Maynard, and ‘90s legend Gabrielle will be headlining the two day bank holiday festival alongside acts like S Club 7, Ms Dynamite, Stooshe and heartthrob Elyar Fox.

This year’s parade will start in Birmingham’s Victoria Square on 24 May, and will follow the theme of Equality and Freedom around the world.

April 2, 2014

Ever been to a dog pride show? If you answered no, you’ll be barking mad to miss this… *warning terrible puns oncoming*

They’ve been brushed, clipped and covered in glitter… It’s the Brighton and Hove Dog Pride Show 2014!

The event will be held to give a new leash of life to the Brighton Pride 2014 event series, featuring awards for the best categories and even a glamorous catwalk for the dogs to strut down.

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April 2, 2014

As winter gives way to spring, the month of April heats up with the world’s biggest lesbian party in California, a bear weekend in Spain and a pride celebration in the Caribbean

Whether you’re looking for a weekend road trip or want to circle the globe for the LGBTI festival of the year, we look at what prides and parties are buzzing this month.

If you have an event you want to put on our radar, not matter how big or small, email Gay Star Travel with your suggestions and preferred places to boogie or be with your LGBTI family.

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.

March 27, 2014

Ola Girls was cancelled days before tickets were to start selling. Organizers say the authorities are freezing out lesbian events in favor of gay men's parties

A Sitges government official has allegedly cancelled a lesbian party saying there’s no room for any more gay events in the LGBTI paradise.

The seaside town of Sitges, 22 miles southwest of Barcelona on the Spanish coast, was slated to host Ola Girls, a new Mediterranean-themed lesbian festival from 6 to 8 June 2014.

March 22, 2014

Bigot Bill Donohue asked to march in New York's Heritage of Pride Parade, but now charges organizers are forcing him to follow rules he rejects

Anti-gay marriage advocate Bill Donohue is declining to march in the New York City Gay Pride Parade, after he charging he would never be invited.

The president of the Catholic League fumed when Guinness stopped sponsoring the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade because of its exclusion of gay organizations.

He demanded to march in June's Heritage of Pride parade with a banner 'Straight is great.'

March 14, 2014

Bosses hint ticketing might be introduced for the UK capital's festivities similar to the model currently used in Brighton

London Pride will be raising money for this year’s festival by crowd-funding, it was announced today (14 March).

Organizers have announced they need more than £25,000 ($41k, €30k) to be able to put on a Pride people expect.

With sponsors becoming harder to find, the planners are hoping the London LGBTI community will take a ‘personal stake in Pride’s success’.

They say it costs over £70,000 ($116k, €87k) to put on the parade each year, and they need help.

March 2, 2014

A provisional deal has been made to allow a gay group to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in over 20 years, but only if members make no reference to their sexual orientation
 

A tentative deal has been struck to allow a gay rights group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, after a two decade ban.

Gay rights groups haven’t been able to march in the annual parade since 1993, and in 1995 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that organizers could exclude anyone they wanted.

Although details of the deal are not yet clarified, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was ‘optimistic that a solution can be reached that will work for all parties involved’.

February 25, 2014

Don your cha-cha heels for 2014 Brighton Pride in Preston Park, where organizers have planned for extended opening times, unlimited entertainment and the comeback of the acclaimed main stage

This year, Pride Brighton & Hove promises to return louder and prouder with ‘The World is a Disco’ parade.

Taking place on Saturday 2 of August, 2014’s LGBTI community pride march will celebrate music and dance from around the world, as well as bring attention to global LGBTI communities whose basic rights to party and live freely are denied.

Paul Kemp, Pride Festival Director said: ‘This year we have much to celebrate around the UK, with same sex marriage equality and our freedom to live.’

February 18, 2014

Cape Town Pride celebrates South Africa’s LGBTI community with gay rugby matches, a lesbian beauty pageant and a killer pride march party

As the only country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa is used to blazing trails.

While South Africa’s move to constitutionally protect gay and lesbian couples in 2006 made global headlines, the coastal city of Cape Town has been making waves since 2001 with its annual gay pride festival.

This year, from 21 Feb to 2 March, Cape Town’s Pride Festival welcomes pride partiers for a week of debates and debacles.

February 17, 2014

Sardinia's second pride event aims to promote LGBTI rights and equality in a region where sexual and gender minorities continue to face discrimination

After a successful first event in 2013, Sardinia Pride is due to be held for a second time, in the small city of Alghero during the week ending Saturday 28th June.

The first event attracted around 6,000 people, a number the organizers were not expecting in such a sparsely populated country.

'We started to hold demonstrations only in 2009,' organizer Massimo Mele told Gay Star Travel.

'They were called demonstrations against homophobia because we didn’t dare to call them pride.

February 7, 2014

Russian police busy enforcing country's anti-gay propaganda law during Olympics - see video

At least 10 LGBTI activists were arrested in Moscow on Friday by Russian police as they sang and waved Rainbow Pride flags in a snow-covered Red Square to protest the country's anti-gay laws.

The group continued to sing the Russian national anthem and wave their flags as police struggled to put them into vehicles - at times dragging them.

The demonstration took place on the same day as opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi.

February 7, 2014

The free job fair on 22 February will teach students what they need to know about LGBT-friendly employers and the jobs they offer

Employers will be showing LGBTI undergraduates and graduates what they have to offer the National Student Pride job fair.

The free job fair, held at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus on 22 February, will be attended by employers such as EY, Clifford Chance, BP, General Electric, The Co-operative, Asda and IBM.

Attendees will get the opportunity to learn more about LGBTI-friendly employers and their job opportunitites.

February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

February 6, 2014

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February 6, 2014

Dazzling floats and fabulous parties are expected to make this year's London Pride one of the biggest pride events ever. The annual pride parade will be held 28 June

London's summer is sure to sizzle with this year's pride celebrations, as organizers and volunteers strive to out-do last year's festivities.

London Pride, one of the globe's biggest pride events, will see LGBTI people and allies descend on the city to join in on the parties and parade.

The pride parade is set for Saturday 28 June, on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

February 4, 2014

After its first event in 2005 Student Pride comes to the Uk's capital in hopes for a bigger and better turnout

National Student Pride is coming to London, with promises to be bigger and better than before.

Having grown every year since its beginning at Oxford Brookes University in 2005, the 2014’s Student Pride has come to the UK capital to celebrate on 21-23 February.

‘More than anything, our move to London is a sign of our growth and a tribute to all the students, sponsors, supporters and friends who have helped us develop from a one-off event to an essential part of the UK’s LGBT calendar,’ said Tom Guy, National Student Pride President.

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 2, 2014

Some 5,000 people turned out for the first LGBT pride march in the country held after the Supreme Court in December reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex

It was a record turnout for Mumbai’s seventh gay pride parade where some 5,000 people marched from August Kranti Marg to Girgaum Chowpatty on Saturday afternoon, according to organisers.

Pallav Patankar, co-organiser of the parade and director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based LGBT community organisation, told Gay Star News that “Mumbai has woken up to the fact that it has LGBTcitizens” and that members of the LGBT community are now more “hopeful and willing to fight it out by interfacing with politicians and speaking about queer rights” than before.

January 27, 2014

Black-tie guests at Supersonic will dine under the wings of the world's most famous aircraft to raise cash for Manchester Pride charities

Manchester Pride hope its fundraising total will soar sky high when it holds a lavish charity dinner under the wings of Concorde this April.

The 'Supersonic' event will be held on 11 April in the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport – following a successful maiden voyage last year.

Supersonic aims to raise money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund which provides support for LGBTI and HIV charities in greater Manchester.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

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.

December 10, 2013

New organizers made small loss after having to put together 2013’s pride in the UK capital in just five months

A well-wisher has stepped forward to save Pride in London with a personal loan after it made a loss of £24,000 ($40,000 €29,000) in 2013.

It means the event can continue in 2014. New organizers took it over at short notice last year after 2012’s pride faced a cash crisis and was almost cancelled at short notice.

The event cost £491,000 ($808,000 €587,000) in 2013 and delays from London’s City Hall meant organizers only had five months to raise cash and make it happen.

December 6, 2013

Event in June will mark the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the theme of ‘Freedom to…’

Pride in London 2014 will pay tribute to the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, a turning point for the LGBTI liberation movement.

Organizers have set the theme as ‘Freedom to…’ and are holding a public meeting on 10 December to report back on 2013’s event and look forward to next summer.

The British capital saw a new team take over in 2013 after facing a cash crisis which almost saw it cancelled in 2012.