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July 24, 2014

She initially wondered: 'I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens'

Edie Windsor was far from the activist she would become at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which marked the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement.

'When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said "I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens,"' Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday (24 July) by Marriage Equality USA.

But the woman whose lawsuit brought down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) soon realized how heroic the drag queens who took a stand against police raids were.

July 8, 2014

Authorities say as many as 700,000 people took pat in Sunday’s Cologne Gay Pride parade – making it one of the largest shows of LGBTI solidarity in the world

700,000 people marched in the Cologne Gay Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Germany and Europe.

That figure was arrived at by police supervising the event which originally began as a Christopher Street Day event commemorating the Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street.

This year’s Cologne Gay Pride march was also notable as a contingent from local pro-football side FC Köln marched in the parade including club vice-president Toni Schumacher.

June 29, 2014

Gay pride in New York City gets a rousing start with the annual Dyke March

When the drums started, the crowd cheered. The beats started the New York City Dyke March.

In 1993, the Lesbian Avengers sponsored the first such march in Washington, DC.

The tradition moved to New York City and for 22 years women have taken the streets of Manhattan, the day before the official gay pride parade.

It all starts at Bryant Park, near Times Square, and heads down Fifth Avenue. The procession ends in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood of the Stonewall Riots.

June 27, 2014

Come to New York to learn about the start of the modern gay freedom movement and LGBTI artists
 

London, Toronto, Paris, and San Francisco are well known for their Gay Pride celebrations.

May 31, 2014

US president Barack Obama has declared June to be gay pride month, calls for an end to the discrimination of gay people and remembers the Stonewall riots 45 years ago

US president Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June to be LGBT Pride month in the US.

In a statement sent from the White House yesterday (30 May), Obama declared June to be gay pride month, called for an end to the discrimination of gay people at work and remembered the legacy of Stonewall.

May 30, 2014

The US Government’s National Park Service will seek to identify places of significance to the LGBTI community to put them on America’s National Register of Historic Places

The US Government is launching an initiative to preserve historic places of significance for the LGBTI community to preserve their place in the fabric of American history.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will later today announce the formation of an 18 member panel of scholars who will work to identify landmarks to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places or declared national historic landmarks or national monuments.

May 28, 2014

Lesbian former drag king Storme DeLarverie has passed away in her New York nursing home aged 93, 45 years after she took part in the Stonewall Riots that put America on notice about LGBTI rights

Storme DeLarverie, one of the oldest veterans of the Stonewall Riots, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning.

DeLarverie, 93, was already 49 in 1969 when the riots took place after New York police officers tried to raid the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village – prompting its LGBTI patrons to fight back.

When the police raided the bar her scuffle with them spurred patrons to fight back.

March 16, 2014

'It's time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family'

The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The reason for the boycott is because New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Inc, the organizer of the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the US, bans gay organizations from marching.

The Stonewall Riots, the start of the modern gay rights movement, started at the bar in 1969 June.

December 6, 2013

Event in June will mark the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the theme of ‘Freedom to…’

Pride in London 2014 will pay tribute to the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, a turning point for the LGBTI liberation movement.

Organizers have set the theme as ‘Freedom to…’ and are holding a public meeting on 10 December to report back on 2013’s event and look forward to next summer.

The British capital saw a new team take over in 2013 after facing a cash crisis which almost saw it cancelled in 2012.

October 24, 2013

Best friend British acting legend duo sit on a bench with a lesbian couple scuplture while on a break from performing on Broadway

British acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and best friend Patrick Stewart has posed with a lesbian couple sculpture paying tribute to the Stonewall Riots.

The best friend duo is seen in New York City's Christopher Park wearing black top hats. 

They were taking a break from rehearsing No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot in Broadway.

Stewart linked to the picture, with the caption 'Stonewall!'

The sculpture is by George Segal to honor the gay rights movement and commemorates the events at the Stonewall Inn.

October 22, 2013

In new film 20MALEGAYNYC, gay New Yorkers explain why they don’t identify with other gay men – here the director examines the top seven reasons

My new short film 20MALEGAYNYC examines why many gay men are no longer identifying with gay culture in New York. So here’s my take on their top seven complaints.

‘Lady Gaga is a straight woman who has co-opted gay culture because it works for her.’

A lot of gay men look to strong women as role models. This is great. Women are great role models. I’d be nothing without Beyoncé (except $220 richer come this December’s concert). But we also need more strong gay male role models – and not necessarily famous ones.

October 3, 2013

Lorna Luft: 'I know that my mother would've said that everybody at Stonewall did the right thing: they stood up for themselves'

Lorna Luft thinks her mother would have been proud.

The younger daughter of Judy Garland talked this week about her mother's connection to her gay male fanbase and about the Stonewall riots which began in the days after Garland's death in 1969.

The riots at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City are widely considered as the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight in the US for LGBT equality.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

August 28, 2013

Stonewall reveals LGB worries despite progress in gay rights

Gay people in the UK still expect to face discrimination in their day to day lives.

A new study published by UK gay rights charity Stonewall has shown that despite advances in legal equality, lesbians, gays and bisexuals still fear discrimination from schools, hospitals, the workplace and police forces because of their sexual orientation.

August 28, 2013

Irene Monroe offers ways forward for a dialogue about race and sexual orientation

When Sue O’Connell, the publisher and editor of the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper Bay Windows, which I also write for, penned her piece ‘Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think’ a firestorm erupted. Evidence of the conflagration was not only seen on the paper’s website but it was also buzzed around town.

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 29, 2013

San Francisco and Seattle will also celebrate gay pride and political victories on the last Sunday of June

There will be much to celebrate this upcoming weekend in New York City.

The Big Apple is ready for its annual gay pride parade. The 30 June (Sunday) march and fair will be the highlights of two days of celebrating, starting with the Rapture on the River.

May 24, 2013

Writer fears the LGBT community is 'in danger of losing this important touchstone of our cultural history'

A new comic book is being planned to illustrate the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

Bluewater Productions is currently raising money on Indiegogo in order to publish a book remembering the 1969 Stonewall riots.

The goal is to raise $9,000 (€6.9k) by 11 July in order to produce the book. Depending on how much you donate, you can receive gifts including winning limited edition copies or being drawn into the book.

May 17, 2013

Assistant Chief Constable Steph Morgan says the British police have changed and now want to encourage LGBT teens to trust them

The culture of the Police Service in Britain is developing into one where you can be as comfortable at work as you are at home – that is the strategic aim. It is worth noting that there are eight local police forces listed in the Stonewall Top 100 Index of gay-friendly employers and LGBT officers are included in the majority of UK police forces. It hasn’t always been this way.

April 22, 2013

From disaster movies to the triumph of Stonewall: Independence Day author is going to film a new movie on the pivotal moment for the LGBT American community

German film director Roland Emmerich is going to work on a new movie on the Stonewall’s riots of 1969.

The author of 2012, Stargate and The Day After Tomorrow will spend about $14 million (€11 million) to film the story of a gay homeless teen who comes to New York and joins the Stonewall’s community.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

January 24, 2013

African American lesbian Rev Irene Monroe examines at Barack Obama’s historic support for LGBTs in his inaugural address and the reactions to it

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr Day, and the President honored King's legacy when he eloquently spoke of how the many US liberation movements, both current and historic, are interconnected.

‘We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.’

January 22, 2013

Family Research Council spokesman says ‘homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else'

An anti-gay Christian group has slammed US President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech because ‘homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else.’

In Obama’s second inauguration speech, he said: ‘Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.’

January 22, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris tweets that he's 'proud to be an American'

US President Barack Obama's historic call for gay and lesbian equality during his inaugural address Monday (21 January) led to kudos from many gay celebrities.

Neil Patrick Harris, the openly gay star of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, proclaimed Obama's speech 'brilliant' in his Twitter account.

'Inspiring stuff,' Harris tweeted. 'I’m very proud to be an American.'

January 22, 2013

'It's just amazing how things have changed'

Richard Blanco had already made history as the first gay and first Latino inaugural poet in US history when he stepped onto the podium Monday (21 January) to deliver his poem One Today.

But he had no idea that day would be so history making in other ways in the fight for LGBT equality. President Barack Obama likened to the gay rights movement's Stonewall Riots to the civil rights milestones Seneca Falls (women's equality) and Selma (black equality).