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November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 14, 2014

UK’s biggest LGBTI park event has secured the right to use its home for the next six years

The organizers of Brighton Pride have been given official permission to run the park festival, parade and party in the gay village all the way up to 2020.

The new license from Brighton and Hove City Council means the future home and organizing group of LGBTI Britain’s favorite day by the seaside is secure.

The event, early each August, will see a parade through the city’s streets, a festival in Preston Park and a street party over two days in the gay village.

November 13, 2014

Auckland and Chicago are surprise new entries of most-desired hotspots, according to new research

Following the release of a new study from Out Now Business Class (ONBC) of 2015's top gay travel trends, we count down the 20 cities set to cause a stir in the (£200b a year) LGBTI tourism industry in 2015 – from long-established meccas to curveball newcomers…

November 10, 2014

Marchers were banned from dressing indecently, dancing and smoking in the conservative Indian city

About 300 LGBTI activists marched through India's eighth largest city for the fourth Pune pride, double last year's turnout.

'This time we are specifically looking at youngsters who are petrified of coming out in the open about their sexual orientation,' Bindumadhav Khire, president of organizers Samapathik Trust, told the Times of India.

'We want to help them in accepting their sexuality and being comfortable about it.'

November 3, 2014

There were no attacks this year

The second Podgorica Pride took place without incident yesterday in the capital of the deeply conservative Montenegro despite fears of violence.

The 100 marchers were outnumbered 100 to one by 2,000 policemen, nearly half of the Balkan country's force.

Activists walked past the government buildings in central Podgorica, waving banners reading 'Traditionally Proud,' 'Silence = Death' and 'This is Just the Beginning.'

Human Rights Minister Suad Numanovic, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepanovic and several EU ambassadors joined the march.

October 31, 2014

Legendary actor awarded accolade for his work in promoting LGBTI rights

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.

While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years). 

One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

October 25, 2014

Tens of thousands of people turned out at Taiwan’s LGBTI pride march today to push for same-sex marriage to be legalized

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei, Taiwan today to celebrate LGBTI pride (25 October).

The proud revellers also carried a serious message of equality to parliament. They are pushing for same-sex marriage to be recognized by law.

Organizers estimated 50,000 people walked the streets of Taipei in two separate routes before converging again at the end of the march.

Supporters held multicoloured placards with the messages ‘Support gay marriage’ and ‘Walk in Queers’ Shoes’.

September 29, 2014

16 people were hospitalized after being gassed and police tried to force venues to shut the event down but that didn't stop them

Thugs stormed their events and released gas. Police and politicians tried to shut them down. But the LGBTI people of St Petersburg have shown they won't be silenced.

For 10 days, the LGBTI rights organization Coming Out St Petersburg has attempted - and succeeded - in holding an arts festival.

They faced repeat attacks from thugs, leaving 16 people hospitalized on opening night. They also allege the police pressured every single venue to cancel their events in an attempt to ruin the week.

September 28, 2014

An estimated 7,000 members of the police will provide the security for the Pride Parade after ultra-nationalists and far-right groups threaten to protest

Belgrade will host a Gay Pride parade today for the first time in four years after being banned for security reasons as ultra-nationalists attacked marchers and fought running battles with police in Belgrade in 2010. More than 100 people were injured in serious clashes.

Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said yesterday, 'Despite disagreements, the bureau coordinating security services did not ban the pride parade on Sunday.'

September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

September 25, 2014

Gay film festivals in Sweden and Scotland, a pride parade in Japan and a few prides for LGBTI people of color in the US are just some of the October events you should know about

October is a great month for the global LGBTI movement.

In the USA, communities and allies will be celebrating LGBTI History Month, and marking 11 October as National Coming Out Day.

The states will also celebrate over a dozen gay pride parades, from pride events for LGBTI people of color in Texas to a gay wine event, a Gay Grape Stomp, in Napa Valley just outside San Francisco.

In Asia, we celebrate gay pride in Taiwan and Japan, and Europe sees the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest parties in Belgium.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 23, 2014

The world may never know, but advanced tickets are on sale for $15 to see the original Queen Bee at this year’s Orlando Gay Pride

The Notorious K-I-M will be performing at this year’s Orlando Pride, at 8:00 pm local time on 11 October.

The Parliament House in Orlando is selling advance tickets at $15 (€12), in addition to $100 VIP tickets (€78), which include admission, a meet-and-greet and photo-op with the rap diva.

The Brooklyn-born, Grammy award-winning rapper is no stranger to celebrating LGBTI pride.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 19, 2014

16 people are in hospital after Vitaly Milonov, as well as some anti-gay thugs, ruined the opening day of a LGBTI event in St Petersburg

Sixteen people have been hospitalized after the opening of an LGBTI arts festival in St Petersburg yesterday (18 September).

Thugs are alleged to have sprayed 'green paint' and to have released gas which forced those who breathed it in to seek medical help.

Vitaly Milonov, the co-author of the 'gay propaganda' ban in the Russian city, stormed the art gallery with other homophobic activists to help shut down the event.

September 9, 2014

Organizers of Manhattan’s St Patrick’s have bowed to pressure to allow a gay group to participate, but the decision does not go far enough for some LGBT campaigners

September 3, 2014

But reaction from activists mixed since only one group - OUT at Universal - will be included

Organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced Wednesday (3 September) that an LGBT organization will be able to march in the event for the first time in its 253-year history.

Next March, OUT@NBCUniversal, an employee LGBT organization for NBCUniversal employees, will be allowed to participate under their own banner.

September 2, 2014

Yes LGBT group says an independent Scotland would enshrine gay equality in a written constitution

Gay campaigners for Scottish independence have published a Rainbow Paper outlining how  independence would deliver greater equality to LGBT people in Scotland.

This would include enshrining LGBT equality in a written constitution, protecting and improving equality law, protecting spending on LGBT equality measures in public services, creating a compassionate asylum system and promoting LGBT rights around the world.

September 2, 2014

The first pride event in the English-speaking Caribbean was cut short after death threats

The first gay pride event in the Bahamas was cut short after no locals showed up and the organizer received death threats.

The event started on Thursday (28 August) and was meant to run until Tuesday.

Organizer Victor Rollins told the Nassau Guardian that only 11 people other than the organizers attended the event, all of whom were foreigners. No one from the local gay community turned up, even the people who were to be honored at the event.

‘Everyone is scared,’ Rollins said. ‘No Bahamian from the LGBT community showed up.’

August 26, 2014

Antony Cotton and Kym Marsh also seen on show's float at Manchester pride with GSN's Jean Paul Gaultier tote bags

The cast and crew of Coronation Street, the longest running soap on British TV, are showing their Manchester Pride in a lively new music video.

They can be seen busting moves all around the indoor and outdoor sets and even in the dressing rooms of the popular show about the lives of people who live on a street in Manchester.

The video has the message of 'Love is Love No Matter Who You Love and has been shared on Facebook with the tags ‪#‎ImAlive‬ ‪#‎ManchesterPride‬ ‪#‎CorriePride2014‬ ‪#‎feelthelove‬.

August 23, 2014

One of the UK’s longest-running gay pride parades kicked off with thousands of friends and families lining Manchester’s streets to welcome the Orange is the New Black actress

Manchester saw young activists, straight allies, families and furry companions celebrate gay pride today (23 August).

The ever-fabulous Lea DeLaria, of Orange is the New Black fame, lead the pride procession through Manchester’s city streets to roaring screams, whistle-blowing and applause from fans and pride-goers.

‘The fact that a Hollywood star is Grand Marshal for our pride is just amazing,’ one young woman told Gay Star News.

August 22, 2014

GiFi guys will be giving out free shots at a party at Belinda Scandal’s Show Bar

A gay dating app has announced they will be giving out free shots a party tonight at Manchester Pride.

GiFi, the UK-only gay dating app for men, will be providing the complimentary shooters at Show Bar from 10.30pm on 22 August.

August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.