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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 12, 2015

Co-founder of Nefes committed suicide last year over persecution

One of the only LGBTI rights group operating in Azerbaijan has announced it is being forced to close today (12 February).

Nefes (which means 'Breath') has said the increased arrests and persecution has forced them to make a decision:

They cannot risk the personal safety of its members any longer, and will close.

At the beginning of 2014, former Nefes leader Isa Shakhmarli hanged himself with a rainbow flag in his apartment.

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.

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 2, 2014

School officials cite size of rainbow flags on fliers among other quibbles

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!'

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.

July 29, 2014

A family in Longueuil, Canada have received a threatening note warning they would ‘suffer the consequences’ if they didn’t take down an LGBTI rainbow pride flag

A family in the Quebec city of Longueuil have received a threatening note demanding that they stop displaying a rainbow pride flag on their property, warning that they will ‘suffer the consequences’ if it is not taken down.

‘For your sake please remove the homosexual flag immediately, as soon as you receive this letter,’ the note left at the family’s house reads.

July 25, 2014

A pride procession through town caused a welcome break from daily life, bringing out families into the streets to celebrate LGBT pride

Thousands of people participated in this year’s Gay Pride procession in the Dominican Republic on 13 July.

The Gay Pride festivities in the Caribbean island (between Haiti and Puerto Rico) re-launched in 2007 with just three cars in the procession.

This year an estimated 300 cars joined the caravan through some of the island’s main avenues as well as residential areas ‘for greater impact’ said photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

July 11, 2014

Two years ago police tried to shut down the Gay Pride parade. Will the 2014 event go down without a hitch?

Next week Gay Star News readers will see exclusive pictures from this year’s Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic, thanks to photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

While previous processions were marked with colorful outfits, splashes of rainbow and flag waving typical of global Gay Pride parades, Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic is not without controversy.

June 14, 2014

DJ Stalter was wearing his police uniform and held up small Pride rainbow flag during smooch

Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Washington DC's pride parade toting their usual 'God Hates Fags' and other signs of hate.

DJ Stalter, an officer with the Arlington County Police Department, decided it would make a nice photo op if he gave his boyfriend a kiss on the lips in front of the Westboro demonstration.

Salter was in uniform and holding up a small rainbow pride flag when he smooched boyfriend Mark Raimondo who posted the photo on Instagram.

June 13, 2014

To mark gay pride in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy is flying the gay pride flag to show their support

The British Embassy in Israel is flying the gay pride flag to celebrate gay pride today (13 June).

On their official Facebook page, The British Embassy in Israel shared a photo of a rainbow flag flying proudly outside their Tel Aviv headquarters.

‘We are proud that the rainbow flag is flying from the British Embassy, in celebration of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade. #tlv #Gaypride #TelAviv,’ read their post.

In addition, they also changed their cover photo to a picture of the British flag in rainbow colours.

June 13, 2014

The LGBTI community, straight supporters and celebrities enjoy the climax of Tel Aviv’s gay pride celebrations

Tel Aviv today saw locals, tourists and even a few famous faces enjoy the sunshine and celebrations of their 2014 gay pride week parade (13 June).

Pride celebrations, which started on 8 June, reached their peak today as the sun came out, music played and people from all over the world came to enjoy Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade.

Road were closed off as the streets were filled with LGBTI people and their supporters celebrating equality and freedom. The parade set off at 12pm from Bograshov Street and ended up at Charles Clore beach, on the border with Jaffa.

April 25, 2014

Uganda's highest point is not a summit marker, soil or snow, but a gay pride flag

A man has conquered Uganda’s highest mountain and claimed it for LGBTI rights.

Neal Gottlieb, a US ice cream company owner and activist, climbed to the summit of Margherita Peak in order to protest Uganda’s new anti-gay laws.

He reached the top of the 16,763 feet mountain and mounted a gay rainbow pride flag after a six day climb on 16 April.

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

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 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.

December 2, 2013

Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen present hand sewn rainbow flag at closing ceremony

Even five bombs threats could not stop three of the men behind the 2008 film Milk from presenting their film at the Side by Side LGBT Festival in St. Petersburg Russia over the weekend.

Director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen flew from the US to Russia for the event in a country where speaking out in support of homosexuality is against the law.

The trio spoke about the film, which won Black an Oscar for his script and Sean Penn an Oscar for his performance as Harvey Milk, as well as the LGBTI equality movement in the US.

November 13, 2013

A new poll has found that more Americans feel it is acceptable for teenagers to wear clothing with the flag of the side that lost the Civil War to school than the gay rainbow pride flag

Americans find the public display of the Confederate Civil War rebel flag more appropriate than the rainbow gay pride flag according to a recent poll.

A Public Policy Polling robocall telephone poll reported last week that 43% of those surveyed thought that high school students should be allowed to wear Confederate flags while at school, whereas only 28% thought it was appropriate for students to wear the rainbow gay pride flag in school.

Only 9% of Americans thought it was more appropriate to wear the rainbow gay pride flag to school than the Confederate flag.

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.

October 8, 2013

An LGBT group at Middle Tennessee State University have been accused of desecrating the American flag after they displayed a version with rainbow stripes to mark LGBT History Month but the US Government feels otherwise

A decision to display a rainbow striped version of the American flag to mark LGBT History Month at Middle Tennessee State University has been branded an act of desecration by a graduate of the school but the US Government feels otherwise.

Members of LGBT on-campus support group MT Lamda didn’t think they were doing anything wrong when they put the flag up as part of a display in the university’s Walker Library marking the group’s 25th year at the university but Middle Tennessee graduate Ralph Dye was so incensed by it he decided to go to the media.

September 25, 2013

Prosecutors in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk have reassured a concerned citizen that a lamp post painted with rainbow colors in the city of Magnitogorsk is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors

Chelyabinsk region prosecutors have reassured a concerned member of the public that a lamp post in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk that is painted like a rainbow is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

Yevgeny Dubrovsky told Russkaya Planeta that he asked prosecutors to look into whether the lamp post was now illegal due to the change in law to ‘see how the law works in practice,’ rather than having a homophobic motivation.

August 15, 2013

‘Say cheese’ – UK citizen takes to Twitter to pose outside the Kremlin with gay flag

A British tweeter has unveiled his pink Union Jack in Moscow's Red Square, outside the Kremlin, to defy Russia's anti-gay laws.

In response to a tweet by LGBT activist and political campaigner, Peter Tatchell, Mathew Benham attached his photo with the words ‘our little gesture’ – taking a defiant stance against Russia’s anti-gay law.

The pink Union Jack, much like the rainbow flag, has become a symbol for gay pride in Britain in the last few years, after being adopted by the UK LGBT community.