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April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

April 9, 2015

Other performers include Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne and Hercules & Love Affair

Grammy-winning pop star Foxes and Wayne G will be joining the star-studded lineup at this year's Brighton Pride.

The Clarity singer and international DJ will be performing at the festival's main stage in Preston Park for the celebration, which takes place on 1 August.

Foxes, known for her hits Youth, Let Go For Tonight and Holding Onto Heaven, will be joining an array of performers slated for this year's festival in the UK's seaside gay capital.

March 24, 2015

LGBTI festival has faced setbacks, but puts up a good fight

The organizers of EuroPride 2015 in Latvia have launched a crowdfunding campaign to 'help ensure a successful event.'

In a statement, the group said corporate support for EuroPride 2015 has been 'very limited'.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

Celebrating LGBTI Pride around the world

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

March 17, 2015

Iconic LGBTI group inspired last year's hit film Pride; 'their involvement will help re-politicize our festival', says organizer

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) will lead this year's Birmingham Pride parade – in support of the festival's 'Freedom – Together United' theme.

The iconic LGBTI group – who inspired last year's comedy-drama Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus – recently reunited with the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners' Support Group for the first time in 30 years.

March 13, 2015

Check out the blockbuster multi-million dollar budget

The first ever 'Canada Pride' is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.

The 10-day celebration will take place from August 11-20, and will include sports events and an international conference on LGBT rights, plus an array of gigs, parades and parties.

The inaugural event will boast a budget of $2.3-3 million dollars, according to dailyxtra.com.

March 11, 2015

 Organizers of mini-festival inspired by St. Louis' PrideFest

St. Charles County in Missouri is to hold its first ever gay pride parade on the 30 May this year.

Pride St. Charles will be hosted by St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, and organizers have revealed they were inspired to put together the parade by St. Louis' PrideFest, this year extended to three days in June.

The county has a population of over 370,000 and, according to the last census, 7000 same-sex households.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.

March 9, 2015

Martyn Loukes, chair of Transport for London’s (TfL) LGBT Network, OUTbound, talks about the Capital's new rainbow bus and working with Stagecoach, London

London is a truly diverse city and I’m proud to be working for an employer who is committed to championing equality and eliminating discrimination.

Through OUTbound, our staff network group, we have been working tirelessly over the past decade to ensure that LGBT staff and wider LGBT community are treated fairly when they are travelling on the transport network.

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

March 5, 2015

The European wide LGBTI celebration could be cancelled as a result

A group of 'no-homo' activists is trying to kill off EuroPride 2015, due to be held in Riga, Latvia.

Calling themselves 'Anti-Globalists' (Antiglobālisti), the homophobic activists appear to have found a way to ensure the Pride event for Europe will not happen on its scheduled date of 20 June and may not happen at all.

When Mozaika, the gay rights group planning this year's EuroPride, turned up to Riga City Council first thing on 20 February - they got a shock.

March 5, 2015

Real Love singer and Fatboy Slim slated for LGBTI festival

Pop star of the moment Jess Glynne has been confirmed as a performer at this year's Brighton Pride.

The Real Love singer will be performing at the festival's main stage in Preston Park for the celebration, which takes place on Saturday 1 August.

Jess won a Grammy earlier this year for work on the Clean Bandit number one single Rather Be. Her other hits include Right Here and My Love.

She joins an array of performers slated for this year's festival – including the iconic Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook).

March 3, 2015

Soul singer Dionne Bromfield will also be performing at event on 14 May

Details of this year's Manchester Spring Benefit have been revealed – and the line up includes boyband Jack Pack and soul singer Dionne Bromfield, with actor Andrew Hayden-Smith hosting.

Jack Pack came to national attention after their appearance on last year's series of Britain's Got Talent before being signed to Syco; meanwhile Andrew Hayden-Smith was recently seen on gay E4 drama Banana.

The Benefit, which raises money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund, will be held on Thursday 14 May at The Monastery.

March 2, 2015

The national event included a careers fair, panel discussions, performances, and a club night.

National Student Pride 2015 was held in central London on 28 February 2015.

2015 was the 10th National Student Pride event held and organizers have declared it as the biggest so far.

Thousands of students from universities across the UK attended the careers fair at the University of Westminster. There were also appearances from Oscar-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black, actress Alicya Eyo and singer Heather Peace. Also in attendance was TV boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins who revealed that EastEnders would soon be featuring a trans storyline.

February 26, 2015

Will Tom Daley show?

Dustin Lance Black will lead a line up including Heather Peace, Alica Eyo and Lucy Spraggan at National Student Pride this Saturday (28 February).

The Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter’s appearance at the London event has sparked rumors that his boyfriend, Tom Daley, may also appear but even the organizers have no idea whether this will happen.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

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 20, 2015

He has described LGBTI people as 'evil' and akin to burglars, thieves and sexual abusers

A homophobic preacher will speak at the University of Westminster a day before Student Pride.

Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, a UK broadcaster, imam and advisor of the Islamic Sharia Council, is confirmed to speak at the London unversity on 26 February.

February 10, 2015

India's fourth largest city sees 40 anti-trans attacks in the last six months

Up to 500 people marched against anti-trans violence over the weekend at the third Hyderabad Pride.

The Hyderabad Queer Swabhimana Pride on Sunday (8 February) was the first large-scale public LGBTI event to be organized in India's fourth largest city after the formation of the new state of Telangana.

The revelers created a festive atmosphere with their singing and dancing but they also conveyed a serious message.

February 6, 2015

Sharleen Spiteri and co confirmed to perform at four-day party

Texas have been confirmed to perform at this year's Manchester Pride Festival.

The hit band – known for songs such as I Don't Want a Lover, Once in Lifetime and In Demand – will be the headliners at the 'Big Weekend' festival in the city's gay village, spanning 28-31 August.

The Pride parade will take place on August 29.

February 5, 2015

Soap veteran joining several other high profile names

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the executive producer of EastEnders, is to speak at this year's Student Pride event.

Dominic will be speaking on LGBT representation in the media alongside Evan Davis, the openly gay TV presenter. He joins many other famous faces – such as columnist Owen Jones and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black – at this year's event.

February 1, 2015

His participation as a premier is a first in the event's 20-year history

It's the first time a state premier has taken part or led a gay pride march in the Australian state of Victoria.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, who was accompanied by his wife Catherine, led the march as it celebrated its 20th anniversary today with 141 groups participating and 4,000 people marching down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda today.

The parade is part of Melbourne's annual Midsumma gay and lesbian festival which attracts up to 50,000 people a year.

January 12, 2015

Tenth annual LGBTI event takes place in London; celebrations include a screening of Boy Meets Girl

The tenth Student Pride celebration is slated to take place next month from the 27 February to 1 March in London, it has been confirmed.

The festivities will centre around the University of Westminster's Marylebone campus, accompanied by club nights at Heaven, according to organizers.

The event will once again include a heavy focus on trans issues, and one of its centerpieces will be the screening of the Iris Prize Best Feature Film winner Boy Meets Girl.

For a further breakdown of the weekend's planned events, scroll to the bottom of this article.