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May 22, 2015

Haters using police admin to stop Pride parade

Hate-filled Christians are camping outside police stations for weeks to block LGBTI events in Korea.

Now the country’s largest LGBTI celebration, Korea Queer Culture Festival and its parade, is under threat.

The Christians are using an administrative loophole to stop it.

Police will grant permission to hold rallies and events on a first-come, first served basis after applications are submitted one month in advance.

May 22, 2015

Organizers insist on holding 'some kind of action' on 30 May, despite Moscow police dispersing any attempts at public meetings

Moscow Pride will be banned again this year, Moscow town hall announced on Thursday.

‘We have warned the organisers that the demonstration will not be authorised,’ news agency Ria Novosti quoted Alexey Mayorov, acting as the mayoral spokesperson.

According to French news agency AFP, he has also warned the organizers of the risks they take should they ignore the ban.

May 22, 2015

Available at this weekend's Birmingham Pride

Today, Gay Star News can offer a sneak peek inside our 2015 pride tote bags, featuring a hand drawn illustration by iconic actor Sir Ian McKellen on the front.

Some bags will also include a golden ticket, which could win you a luxury weekend in Barcelona.

May 21, 2015

Huge crowds expected to see Jess Glynne headline this weekend

The organizers of Birmingham Pride have revealed record-breaking ticket sales ahead of the festival this weekend, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

The LGBTI event launches on Saturday 23 May with a city center march, starting at Victoria Square at 12 noon. Last year, 50,000 people attended.

Performers at the festival include Hold My Hand singer Jess Glynne as well as former X Factor bands Union J, Stereo Kicks and Only the Young, over the Saturday and Sunday.

May 18, 2015

Politicians oppose it as LGBTI activists are encouraging people to attend

Only 2.5% of Latvians support EuroPride happening in Riga.

The European LGBTI rights festival is taking place across 15-21 June in the centre of the capital, but fears are rising over safety and the possibility of violence.

Riga won the right to hold EuroPride after Barcelona, Milan and Manchester.

Riga's Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks has also insisted the event should not happen, even though there is nothing the City Council can do to stop it.

He described it as a 'pretentious demonstration of oneself, which does not promote understanding.'

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 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 14, 2015

The Latvian capital will be playing host to the country's first Pride event in three years and the first Europride to take place in a former Soviet state

It’s not often that you get the chance to be part of history, but that’s exactly what you will be doing if book a trip to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, for the third week in June.

Between 15-21 June, the city will be playing host to this year’s Europride festival, with a Pride parade and park festival taking place Saturday 20 June.

May 12, 2015

GSN teams up with online hotel booking site, with special giveaways planned around 4 UK pride festivals and Gay Star News are pleased to announce their official partnership for 2015.

As part of the partnership, the online hotel booking site is set to feature at pride weekends throughout the country over the summer, and intends to work with GSN to bring even more fun to each of the events, with some tongue-in-cheek giveaways and an exciting golden ticket competition.

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 we are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

May 7, 2015

Union J already confirmed

X Factor alumni Stereo Kicks are to perform at this year's Birmingham Pride, it has been revealed.

They join a killer line up that already includes another boyband who found fame on the ITV show, Union J.

This year's Birmingham Pride takes place across the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 May.

Other stars performing at the event include Real Love star Jess Glynne and Say Nothing singer Example.

May 6, 2015

Gorgeous Lip Service star also performed at LGBTI event last year

Heather Peace will perform at this year's Pride Glasgow for the second year running, it has been announced.

May 6, 2015

 X Factor boyband join pop veterans Texas for LGBTI festival's Big Weekend in August

Union J have been added to the Manchester Pride line up, as well as DJ Fresh and Hercules and the Love Affair's Andy Butler.

They will join the mighty Texas for The Big Weekend', the centerpiece of the LGBT festival. The performances will takes place on the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28 to Monday 31.

Former X Factor act Union J are known for hits such as Carry You and You Got It All.

April 29, 2015

New sporting event to take place in the UK gay capital on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July

Brighton, the gay capital of the UK, will host a brand new LGBTI sporting event this summer – the Pride Diversity games, taking place from Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 July.

The games, sponsored by Domestic & General, will feature competitions in swimming, tennis, football, rugby, athletics, basketball, volleyball, badminton and bowling, among others.

Pride Diversity Games will take over the whole city, taking in venues including Withdean Stadium and Preston Park.

April 27, 2015

Swedish capital recognized for reaching out to LGBTI travellers

Stockholm was the big winner in the 'Destination' category at the LGBT Awards over the weekend.

Fighting off strong competition, Stockholm inched ahead of cities including Key West, Vancouver and Naples to take home the prize.

April 27, 2015

Pride festival is extended by two days amid surge in interest in LGBTI issues

Some 3,000 LGBTI people and their allies Sunday (26 April) afternoon marched in Tokyo Rainbow Pride amid calls for Japan to legalize gay marriage.

The crowd, many waving rainbow flags and dressed as geishas, paraded through the capital's entertainment and shopping district Shibuya.

Last month, the ward become the first local government in the conservative country to issue legally non-binding certificates recognizing gay partnerships as 'equivalent to marriage.'

April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News can deliver amazing ROI through our tailored packages at major Pride events – targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people with active presence at the events and fully-rounded digital marketing

Gay Star News had a massively successful 2014 Pride season. We distributed thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, and delivered millions of page impressions for our clients' ads on Gay Star News which is now one of the world's biggest LGBTI news, entertainment, travel and lifestyle sites.

We are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

April 14, 2015

 LGBTI festival takes place from 4-12 July

Bristol Pride has launched a Crowdfunder campaign, with the aim of raising £5,000 in public donations by 7 May 2015.

Taking to the official Crowdfunder website, organizers explained: 'Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on (the toilets alone cost £2500!) and every year we have to raise all the money to pay for Pride from scratch.'

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.