BOSTON READY TO CELEBRATE FOR GAY PRIDE
Boston is ready to put the marathon bombing behind and to move on to celebrate gay pride. Passport Magazine reports:
It’s time for Boston to come together and show what an amazingly diverse, strong, and welcoming city Boston truly is. So, grab your favorite rainbow piece, a pair of booty shorts, and bring along your pride because Boston Pride is back. From May 31-June 9, Bean Town hosts myriad events under the umbrella theme of “Moving forward… Proud, Strong, United.” Don’t miss the annual kickoff flag-raising ceremony, the Royal Pageant, the Boston Pride Festival, and the return of the Boston Pride Block Party June 9.
DC TO CELEBRATE BLACK PRIDE OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
A little to the south, the nation’s capital is ready to celebrate black pride this weekend. The Washington Blade has the schedule:
So much to do this weekend during D.C.’s annual Black Pride festival. There are several events occurring this Memorial Day. D.C. Black Pride is the official planning organizing agency but several other groups also have parties and activities planned for black LGBT people and allies.
SAN DIEGO PRIDE RETAINS GENERAL MANAGER
Across the country in San Diego, the Pride board of directors decided to keep its managing director. LGBT Weekly reports:
The board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride announced today that Stephen Whitburn will continue to head the organization as its general manager. Whitburn had held the position in an interim capacity since January. San Diego Pride’s previous director, Dwayne Crenshaw, departed the organization amid his recent run for a seat on the San Diego City Council. The board moved quickly following the news that Labor coordinator and former police lieutenant Myrtle Cole had defeated Crenshaw in the race for the District 4 seat.
Over in Asia, Joe.My.God hilights a promo video for the Pink Dot festival, coming June 29th.
UKRAINE COURT BANS KIEV PRIDE MARCH
In a move that is not at all surprising, if disappointing, a court in Ukraine just blocked a gay pride march. Edge Boston reports:
Kiev’s district court on Thursday upheld a suit by city authorities, who argued that the rally would disturb annual Kiev Day celebrations and spark violence. Last year, organizers canceled the event at the last minute when skinheads gathered at its planned location, intent on beating up the participants. Members of radical groups attacked two leading gay activists in subsequent weeks.
MOSCOW GAY PRIDE TO GO ON DESPITE BAN
And over in nearby Russia, a Moscow Gay pride parade is set to go on tomorrow despite a ban there. Gay Star News reports:
A Moscow suburb court upheld the decision of the city authorities not to permit a gay pride parade this Saturday (25 May). Despite the ban, activists say Moscow Pride will go ahead as planned. Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, stated: ‘Khimki City Court upheld the ban on the planned Gay Pride rally and march.’ He added he would appeal on Monday to the Moscow Regional Court.