Bahamas Gay Pride Cancelled After Death Threats

Author: , September 2nd, 2014

Bahamas Gay PrideThe first-ever gay pride event in the Bahamas was canceled this weekend due to death threats. Via the Nassau Guardian:

A gay pride event that started on Friday on Grand Bahama that was supposed to continue through tomorrow was cut short as members of the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community abandoned it out of fear of repercussions from irate members of the public even as police remained on high alert for any signs of trouble, Victor Rollins, one of the organizers of the event, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday. Rollins said he received death threats on his Facebook page after posting pictures of event attendees holding gay pride flags along with Bahamian flags on a beach yesterday.

Rollins said the backlash came quickly starting Thursday after organizers issued a press release in support of the event, which was held at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort. He said local talk shows were a particular source of vitriol, with many claiming God would judge The Bahamas for allowing a gay pride event to take place and some people wishing harm on those involved and members of the LGBT more generally. He said that no one from the Bahamian LGBT who said they would come to the event and even those who were to be honored at the event showed up.

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Lesbian Weekend Cancelled After Sitges Official Says “We Don’t Want More Gay Events”

Author: , March 14th, 2014

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After more than a year of conversations and negotiations, the Sitges local government has turned their back on the OlaGirls Lesbian Festival.

OlaGirls aimed to offer an event for Lesbians in Sitges and started working with the local government in January of 2013. The Tourism and Beach Councilman at the time provided the information about what was possible and explained the process to request the permits to host part of the event at a local beach.

WHAT HAPPENED?

On March 25th, 2013, the Sitges government sent a proposal to host the Festival the weekend of June 6-8, between the “Corpus” celebration and Gay Pride. The date was accepted an in April; the Festival was added to the Sitges event calendar. After the date confirmation, the team started working on making the necessary arrangements, reservations, activity planning, partnerships with hotels, bars, discos, bands, DJs, celebrities, etc. During the following months, OlaGirls and the Tourism department were in contact by email and via meetings.

At the beginning of December, the local government confirmed that everything was on the right track and we should start the formal request. The necessary paperwork was submitted and the team continued to invest time and money on the production of the event.

In January 2014, the Tourism department team supported our requests by, providing photographs of the town, and continued to work on the details. However, by late January, communication was at a stand still and OlaGirls was ready to start selling tickets. An urgent meeting was requested. The reply was a date in late February.

“WE DON’T WANT MORE GAY EVENTS”

After multiple attempts in February to contact Ignasi Garrigo, the Tourism & Beach Councilman, OlaGirls was informed by phone that Sitges would not grant the beach permits. The reason given was “…there are too many gay events in Sitges and there is no room for another one”. Garrigo suggested that OlaGirls host the event the same weekend as Gay pride, a date summarily declined the year before due to the fact that Gay Pride Sitges is aimed at and primarily attracts men, leaving little, if any room, for women. At this point it was too late to change dates. Agreements and contracts with hotels, bands, DJs, dancers, a celebrity, etc. had been signed and booked.

In spite of OlaGirls attempts to help the government understand that Lesbians offer a diverse tourism stream, permits to host some activities at a local beach have not been granted. OlaGirls is still waiting for an official communication.

The discriminatory and non-professional communication from the Sitges government has not only negatively affected the OlaGirls credibility but has caused significant expected losses to local businesses, artists, bands, DJs, and the celebrity, whom OlaGirls had signed contracts.

OlaGirls is saddened that the Sitges local Government has come 180 degrees in their original support and despite the revenue the gay MALE population provides, is not interested in opening the town to the lesbian community as well.

Uganda Tour Cancelled After Anti Gay Bill Signed

Author: , February 26th, 2014

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Many in the tourism industry consider the country of Uganda a jewel, often describing it as “the pearl of Africa.” Wildlife abounds and gorilla tracking is prime. At Oblogdee we warned that notwithstanding the perfection of the safari destination, if the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill became Ugandan law, tour operators would likely start to withdraw business and discontinue to support the Country’s thriving tourist trade. Our prediction was well founded, as before the ink on President Yoweri Museveni’s odious Bill could dry, one world class and renowned tour operator cancelled its Uganda Great Apes safari and condemned the draconian law.

Immediately upon hearing about President Musveni’s assent to The Anti-Homosexuality Bill today, Jody Cole, renowned adventurer, philanthropist and human rights advocate, and founder of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, which specializes in guided safaris to East and Southern Africa, issued a statement to OBLOGDEE expressing disappointment in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, while noting how the new legislation makes it almost impossible for tour operators to guarantee the safety of guests in Uganda:-

“We (Wild Rainbow African Safaris) are very troubled by the Ugandan Parliament’s passage of its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This bill is an affront on human rights as well as on the respect and dignity of LGBT Ugandans and their allies. As great lovers and supporters of the wildlife, culture and spirit of Africa, we are very disappointed and saddened by the passage and signing of this draconian law. While our trips are first and foremost about seeing and experiencing the amazing wildlife of Africa, we must reconsider whether we can go forward with future trips to Uganda in light of these latest developments. The safety and comfort of our guests is our number one priority, and we must be able to ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests regardless of sexual orientation.”

Authored By Melanie Nathan – See the Full Story at O-blog-dee-o-blog-da

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Pride Parades in Bulgaria, Wisconsin Cancelled

Author: , June 22nd, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoA gay pride celebration in Bulgaria has been cancelled because of security issues. Gay Star News reports:

Pride has been canceled in Sofia capital of Bulgaria, due to fears that anti-gay extremists may attack the participants. Organizers of Sofia Pride that was scheduled for tomorrow (22 June) say the event has been canceled due to the insistence of city’s municipality and the Interior Ministry.

It’s not the only Pride celebration cancelled this week. So was the first-time pride event in Wausau, Wisconsin:

It appears Wausau, Wisconsin will not be getting its first ever gay pride parade today as previously planned. Organizers for the parade have now canceled the event after what they say has been a backlash of bigotry from the Wausau community. Green Bay Press Gazette reports: Daxx Bouvier had planned to hold a gay pride parade at 3 p.m Saturday, but he decided this week to cancel the event in the wake of negative response from a Wausau City Council member and in articles from several local media sources.

Sad when fear and prejudice conquer love and freedom.

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Folsom Street East in NYC Cancelled for 2013

Author: , April 24th, 2013

Gay Travel: Folsom Street Fair 2012 in PhotosThe producers of the Folsom Street East event blame ongoing construction. Queerty reports:

It is with sadness that the Producers and Board of Directors of Folsom Street East have to announce that the 17th annual Folsom Street East Street Festival this June is going to be cancelled. Though we continue to receive support for this community-building and fundraising event from Community Board 4 and our neighbors on the block (including our producing partner The Eagle NYC), the ever-growing construction on the north side of 28th street has made it impossible for us to successfully and safely hold our annual street festival. Thank you for the years of support from our attendees, sponsors, partners, exhibitors, vendors, performers and volunteers; we are sad that we will not be able to celebrate Pride with you at our fetish-friendly event this year.

Hopefully the fetish event will return in 2014!

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GFEST Cancelled in London This Year Over Lack of Funding

Author: , July 6th, 2012

GFEST CancelledLondon’s annual gay and transgender arts festival GFEST has been cancelled this year due to a lack of funding.

The announcement follows the severe scaling-back of London’s WorldPride this weekend due to what organisers described as a “funding shortfall”.

Supporters of GFEST, which would have been in its sixth year this year, were told yesterday afternoon that the capital’s arts event, which has no connection with Pride, will no longer go ahead later this year.

Authored By Stephen Gray- See the Full Story at Pink News

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Argentina: Gay Cruise Cancelled After Disappointing Ticket Sales

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Gay CruiseSuccessfully establishing Out Now as an LGBT marketing agency in Australia two decades ago, and then taking it global, has taught me one very important lesson: what looks easy to others can often be fiendishly difficult to achieve in practice.

Marketing success that can appear effortless to outsiders usually has one bedrock ingredient – consistent, hard work. I have also learned by observation that many of the worst kinds of failures in the area of marketing to gays and lesbians tend to happen when the organizers of such initiatives start to believe their own publicity.

That seems to have happened this past week when a much discussed ‘first ever gay cruise in Latin America’ – planned by organizers to sail with around 2,000 gay passengers failed to depart as planned – when sales of tickets to gay paying passengers topped “barely” 100 berths.

Full Story from SDGLN

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India: Goa Government Scraps Gay Travel Session After Complaints

Author: , October 20th, 2011

India Gay Tourism ForumIn a victory to the groups opposing promotion of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) tourism in Goa, the State Government today announced the issue will not be part of an international travel event beginning here from tomorrow.

Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) was suppose to have a knowledge session on LGBT tourism, a trend which is emerging on the international tourism scene.

However, Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar told PTI that the session has been dropped respecting the people”s sentiments. “We will not have the knowledge session on the issue as it may not go down well with many people.”
His statement came hours after an activist of a right wing group filed police complaint against GITM organisers.

Full Story from MoneyControl.com

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London: East End Pride Cancelled

Author: , March 19th, 2011

The East End Gay Pride event planned for April has been cancelled organisers said in a statement released this afternoon. The announcement follows the resignation yesterday of the main organiser, Raymond Berry, following revelations by gay Muslim group, Imaan, that Berry had links to the far-right English Defence League.

The statement, signed by remaining organisers, Mark Bourne, David Byatt, Caroline Todd and Alan Jones, blamed the cancellation on “personal attacks” and “vendetta” from local gay activists from Rainbow Hamlets and Hackney Pride organisers, OutEast.

They said: “In a day and age where the LGBT community of East London should be working together to combat hatred of any nature, we have found it shocking that OutEast and Rainbow Hamlets have continuously set out to divide the community. Internet forums have proved this to no end.”

Full Story from The Hackney Citizen

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