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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.

August 13, 2013

'That would be pretty embarrassing for Putin'

US Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on athletes to wave rainbow flags during opening ceremonies at the Olympics in Russia next February.

August 12, 2013

Australia's LGBT community have gathered to chalk the streets with rainbow colors to protest Russia's rising homophobia

Somewhere over the chalk-drawn rainbow, way up high, there’s a sense of gay pride doodling its way across Australia and the world.

DIY Rainbow, an Australian protest movement, have chalked up another achievement by drawing a rainbow flag outside Sydney's Russian embassy.

In the quiet suburb of Woollahra, gay rights activists spoke out by creating the new road-art feature outside the building in protest of Putin’s anti-gay laws.

August 11, 2013

Actor George Takei puts photo of newly painted Russian Embassy crosswalk, in Stockholm, on his Facebook page

An anonymous painter changed the zebra colors colors of the crosswalk, in front of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, to a rainbow.

Actor George Takei, known for his performances in the Star Trek franchise, posted the photo of the rainbow walk on his Facebook page.

'Protests against Russia's anti-gay laws gaining in momentum and creativity. This is now the crosswalk outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm,' the actor wrote.

August 5, 2013

Pop rocker was called a 'lesbian' after she danced with a gay pride flag in Sydney, with her calling it a 'compliment'

US pop star Pink has shouted back at homophobic Twitter trolls who called her a ‘lesbian’ after dancing with a rainbow flag at a recent gig.

During a stop in Sydney over the weekend, the ‘Truth About Love’ singer waved the gay pride flag after grabbing it from an audience member in the front row.

After she was barraged by a flood of homophobic tweets, the singer took a stand and said:

‘Fun fact:when you twitter me and say "you're a lesbian" it really doesn't bother me at all. It's a compliment. Most of my fav ppl are, so...

August 3, 2013

Brighton Pride on England’s south coast sends love to LGBT Russia and message of support to all the countries where being gay is criminalized

Packed crowds have cheered the Brighton Pride march where local fundraising and international LGBT rights were at the top of the agenda.

The LGBT seaside capital on the south coast of England will now continue the party for the rest of the day (3 August) with a big festival in Preston Park.

Fronted by the roaring engines of the Sussex Dykes on Bikes, the parade made its way through the streets watched by thousands of spectators.

At the front was George Montague, 90, who has been to every Brighton & Hove Pride.

July 1, 2013

'Born This Way' singer made a surprise comeback at New York City gay equality rally

Lady Gaga made her comeback at New York City Gay Pride following her hip surgery and canceled world tour.

On Friday (28 June), the ‘Born This Way’ singer performed an updated national anthem at a rally.

In her speech before the song, she gave her support to fellow gay icon Cher, after rumors the two clashed over an unreleased duet.

‘It’s my LGBT friends and fans who always said to me, I knew Lady Gaga when,’ the singer said.

June 30, 2013

Women of all colors and ages take over New York City streets in a joyous tradition that comes the day before the Gay Pride parade

For some New Yorkers, Gay Pride weekend doesn't start until the first drum beat of Dyke March.

For 21 years, women have gathered in Manhattan's Bryant Park, near Times Square, and marched down Fifth Avenue.

Unlike the Gay Pride parade, this march of women of all types is sponsor free. No floats or corporate dollars. Just homemade signs and approximately 30 drummers who kept the beat.

June 15, 2013

A Russian woman has been fined 20,000 rubles for participating in an LGBT rights protest – the largest fine handed down to date by a Russian court

A Russian woman has been fined 20,000 rubles for participating in a May 25 Moscow Pride event.

Anna Annenkov and her girlfriend Elena Kostuchenko had held up a rainbow flag at the event with the slogan ‘Love is Stronger.’

Annenkov was found guilty yesterday over her involvement in the event by federal court judge Tatyana Neverona - who will also hear Kostuchenko’s case.

20,000 rubles is the equivalent of around $650 dollars.

June 10, 2013

West Pride is one of the fastest-growing celebrations of LGBT equality in the world, and GSN was there to watch it happen

West Pride in Gothenburg, Sweden has become a place where not only the LGBT community, but also families can come together to celebrate love.

There is a rainbow flag adorning nearly every street, 700 on buses, trams, and poles across the city.

It may be the greenery, the 17th century architecture, or the rivers and sea, but the rainbow seem more vivid, brighter, prouder.

For the majority of the year, Gothenburg is a chilled out, cool city. But on the first weekend of June, West Pride, an activist spirit sparks.

May 6, 2013

An estimated 100 LGBT activists risked arrest and violence by joining the May Day march with pro-gay banners and rainbow flags 

A group of Russian LGBT activists showed their pride at this year’s May Day parade in St. Petersburg.

According to reports by human rights activist Michael Petrelis, approximately 100 activists rallied with the larger crowds celebrating International Workers’ Day holdings signs that read: ‘Repeal the Shameful Homophobic Law! Let's Stop Hate and Discrimination Together!’

April 14, 2013

Local residents have created their own rainbow crossings all over Sydney in chalk to protest the removal of a rainbow crossing from Oxford Street that was torn up by the state government

Local residents across Sydney have created their own rainbow crossings in chalk after the New South Wales (NSW) State Government dismissed public pressure and had a rainbow pride crossing installed for the Sydney Mardi Gras torn up in the dead of night on Wednesday.

Not even Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore had been told that road workers would be blocking off Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street to tear up the rainbow section of the road and replace it with black bitumen.

April 6, 2013

A conservative Australian opinion columnist says people who want to preserve a gay pride rainbow street crossing on Sydney’s Oxford Street are ‘gay mafia … rule benders’

Conservative Sydney opinion columnist Piers Akerman has attacked people campaigning to make a gay rainbow pride street crossing installed for the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival permanent, labeling them the ‘gay mafia’ and ‘rule benders.’

February 2, 2013

Cambridge city raised the rainbow flag to mark the start of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month

In honour of the annual LGBT History Month, Cambridge city, the famous UK University City, flew the rainbow flag over Guildhall.

Mayor, Cllr Sheila Stuart, officially opened the celebrations yesterday (1 January) and handed out flyers as the Arco Iris samba band played. Workshops, film screenings and other events will be held across the city.

The celebrations are directed by Encompass Network – a network for LGBT voluntary organisations.

December 2, 2012

Bangalore heats it up with it's fifth gay pride march

It was a scorching, sunny day as Bangalore set forth on its fifth annual Pride march. Estimates range from 2,000 to 5,000 participants, but all agree that today was Bangalore's most succesful LGBT Pride march yet. 

The march was organized by the Coalition of Sex Workers and Sexual Minorities (CSMR), the Alternative Law Forum, Swabhava, Payana, LesBiT, WHAQ, Good as You, Mangalamukhi, and other allied organizations and individuals in Karnataka, the southwestern state that surrounds Bangalore.