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March 2, 2015

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there'

A 23-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly burning down a rainbow flag on fire in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cameron Mayfield, 23, stole a rainbow flag from his neighbors, set it on fire, and ran through the neighborhood, according to police.

It comes as Nebraska has lifted the ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents last week.

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

March 2, 2015

The bus, celebrating diversity and the organization’s LGBTI staff network, will operate for a year on London’s streets. The initiative has been sponsored by Stagecoach

Transport for London (TfL) has today unveiled a rainbow-adorned double-decker bus to commemorate the tenth anniversary of TfL’s LGBTI staff network, OUTbound.

Emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Ride with Pride’, the initiative follows others that TfL have taken to celebrate LGBT issues, including the creation last year of a rainbow zebra crossing to mark Pride in London.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 5, 2015

An English town of just over 7,000 has claimed it will be the first to keep a rainbow crossing permanently in Europe

Totnes in South Devon could soon be home to Europe’s first permanently painted rainbow crossing.

A pedestrian crossing, painted in rainbow colors to celebrate the LGTBI community, could be installed as early as this summer.

The town council gave their backing to plans presented by Proud2Be, a LGTBI group, to permanently paint a usable pedestrian crossing like the rainbow flag.

The group is claiming it will be the first to have a permanent crossing of its kind in Europe, joining Vancouver and West Hollywood.

February 3, 2015

Mayor says the lane shows the city's support for its LGBTI residents

Mandaue City in the Philippines has paid tribute to its LGBTI residents with a rainbow crossing – the first of its kind in Asia.

Mayor Jonas Cortes led the painting of the pedestrian lane on the morning of 23 January in the city's largest barangay, or ward.

'This is a way of showing support for gender-sensitivity programs,' he said.

January 21, 2015

Promoting new Russell T Davies shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu

London will host the world's first ever 'night rainbow' to celebrate a new gay drama tonight (21 January).

A 30-metre long rainbow will be projected onto the spray of the Trafalgar Square to promote the release of Russell T Davies' new gay shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. 

Commissioned by greyworld, it will shine from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Cucumber, Banana & Tofu launch on 22 January on 9pm on Channel 4, 10pm on E4, and 10.30pm on 4oD respectively.

January 12, 2015

'Homophobia takes form in many ways'

Hundreds of people were shocked to hear about the tale of a group of gay soccer fans who were lured to a meeting before a match and attacked at the weekend.

But it appears the story, which went viral on social media and was picked up by numerous news orgnizations including national newspapers, was someone's idea of a 'joke'.

In a series of tweets, an account describing itself as the group for UK team Charlton Athletic LGBT fans claimed several members were attacked before a match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

December 9, 2014

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Warsaw Sunday morning after setting fire to a rainbow arch built by Polish artist Julita Wojcik as a symbol of tolerance for the LGBTI community

Warsaw’s Tolerance Rainbow in Savior Square has been torched again in the latest arson attack on the symbol of LGBTI tolerance in the city.

A drunk 25-year-old set fire to the rainbow arch, near the Church of the Holiest Savior, around 1am on Sunday.

However police quickly intervened and put out the fire, so only a small section of the installation, which is made of artificial flowers, was damaged this time.

This incident is only the latest attempt to burn the installation since it was erected in Warsaw in 2012.

December 8, 2014

‘A beacon of our love for those who do not have freedom’

An enormous LGBTI rainbow flag is hoisted 60 meters up in the air to fly from South Africa’s tallest flagpole.

It’s appropriate the honor is paid in the municipality named after the father of the rainbow nation who argued put gay into the constitution – Nelson Mandela.

The 96 square meter or 1,033 square foot rainbow flag was raised for Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth at the end of November.

October 3, 2014

Circus Rainbow is aiming to offer family-friendly entertainment to children and adults alike when it makes its debut in Florida later this month

Roll up, roll up… for the US’s first touring LGBTI circus.

Circus Rainbow will launch on 22 October 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida – with shows running twice daily until 2 November. These will include an afternoon performance aimed at kids and families, and an evening dinner show aimed at adults.

The concept was created by show business veteran, Philip Anthony, a Florida- based producer, promoter and entertainment manager whose career in the circus world stretches back over four decades.

July 11, 2014

'...When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is prepared to begin a boycott if Burger King sells its 'gay burger' nationwide.

The fast-food giant revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product sold only in San Francisco for a week.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issue analysis for the anti-gay American Family Association denounced the product.

June 30, 2014

Canada hosted this year's World Pride, and it really did show love makes the world go round

When it comes to equality, Canada doesn’t mess around.

And they proved it once again by putting one of the biggest and best World Prides in years.

Hosted in Toronto, the city attracted hundreds of thousands of attendees to the main festivities at the weekend.

Downtown was transformed with rainbow colors, and if that wasn’t enough, a double rainbow shined down from the sky in the early evening.

Check out some of our favorite moments from Pride:

June 26, 2014

If you type in PRIDE, each letter in an individual column, then you get a special surprise

In honor of Pride month, Google is celebrating with incredible little Easter eggs that you might have missed.

For example, there's one in its Google Docs program.

Open up a new spreadsheet document, and type ‘PRIDE’, one letter in each column, and you’ll get a rainbow-colored spreadsheet.

June 9, 2014

Heather Peace, who opened the crossing, said she wanted it to be a 'beautiful symbol during LGBT Pride month'

Brighton is being given a bold makeover as Europe’s first official ‘rainbow crossing’ was unveiled to celebrate Pride.

Created by local artists overnight, the rainbow stretches across the road at the artists’ quarter of Madeira Drive.

Hundreds are expected to visit the crossing. Even though the council supported the rainbow walk, it will be closed within a week.

Brighton Pride will take place on 2 August.

Due to government regulations, the police have also warned the public that it should not be considered an official road crossing.

February 7, 2014

Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas says it was not an intended protest, but could have been unconscious as she's 'rebellious'

A gay Olympian has raised her fist while wearing a rainbow glove, with many saying it was a symbol to show support for LGBTI Russians.

Cheryl Maas, a snowboarder from the Netherlands, failed to get to the finals of the slopestyle event at the Olympic Games yesterday (6 February).

In the qualifying event, the gay athlete placed ninth and only the first four could go through to the final.

After her two runs, she appeared to punch at the camera while wearing a rainbow glove.

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.'

January 23, 2014

Leading LGBT rights advocate in Baku says in his suicide note: ‘This world is not colorful enough for my colors. Farewell.’

A 20-year-old gay man killed himself in Azerbaijan yesterday (22 January).

Isa Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan’s Free LGBT group, a Baku-based campaigning charity aiming to improve the lives of the community in the capital.

He was discovered dead after reportedly hanging himself using the rainbow-colored flag.

On his Facebook page, Shakhmarli wrote: ‘I am leaving you. God bless you. This country and this world are not for me.

‘I am going to be happy now. Tell my mother I loved her very much. I blame you all for my death.

January 16, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

December 25, 2013

Olympic swimmer and Oscar winner both post photos of their unique gifts

Hot new couple Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black both got some fancy footwear for Christmas.

Both have posted photos on social media of their feet in rainbow pride socks.

Black posted his photo on Facebook with the message 'Thanks mom!' on it.

Daley's sock photo on Instagram simply said: 'Ha!'

December 10, 2013

Rainbow Reykjavik turns up the heat in January with a Blue Lagoon pool party, a Golden Circle tour and a Masquerade Ball in celebration of the global LGBTI community

There’s a reason Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and the producers of hit TV series Game of Thrones come to Iceland.

With its rugged terrain shaped by geothermal activity, progressive LGBTI laws like marriage and adoption thanks to the people’s emphasis on family, an internationally renowned pop/folk music scene claiming the likes of Bjork and Sigur Ros… Iceland is a world all it’s own.

December 8, 2013

To placate the far-right's anger over Rome dedicating their Christmas lights to a dead gay man, the tribute has now been changed to Nelson Mandela

A Christmas tribute to an Italian gay student who killed himself has sparked a row in Rome.

The gay rainbow flag lights sparkling over one of the Italian capital’s most bustling streets Via del Corso has been described as ‘provocative’ and ‘ideological’ by right-wing politicians.

City assemblywoman Imma Battaglia, a leftist Sel party member who also leads a LGBTI campaigning group, said the lights were intended to be against homophobia.

December 4, 2013

Alain sent Gay Star Travel some of his 'Postcards' from the trips he's taken with most-cherished travel possession

What's the one thing you will never travel without?

Some people might insist on bringing along their lucky underwear or favorite pair of eyelashes, but Alain doesn't go anywhere without his rainbow wig.

What started off as a Halloween costume in 2006 has now become a global movement, with Alain taking the wig to 11 countries and countless cities.

He's even started a photo collection of friends and strangers wearing the rainbow.

October 16, 2013

An anonymous objector contacted a Kremlin flag expert in order to see whether the seven colored symbol was offensive to Russian sensibilities

Russia has ruled a Jewish rainbow flag, which bears a very similar resemblance to a gay pride flag, does not violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

An anonymous objector consulted the Kremlin’s top flag expert concerned the Jewish Autonomous Region’s seven-colored flag was breaking federal rules.

‘Regarding the similarity of this flag with the symbol of the gay movement, we explain that not every rainbow image is linked to sexual orientation,’ official Kremlin advisor Georgy Vilinbakhov said.