Irish Catholic Students March in Gay Pride Parade

Author: , September 6th, 2014

Catholic School marches in prideThe principal of St. Paul’s High School in County Armagh – one of Ireland’s largest Catholic secondary schools – has defended his decision to have a group of students represent the school at a gay pride parade in Newry last weekend.

The students were accompanied by their principal Jarlath Burns who is known to be a passionate defender of Catholic education.

The school had sent a message on Facebook inviting Year 13 and 14 students to represent their school at the march saying: ‘We are proud to be a school that embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity, further demonstrating commitment to our Catholic ethos… The rainbow flag will be flown at the school to mark our support for equality for all.’

By Sylvia Tan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image via Facebook/St Paul’s Bessbrook

Oakland Pride Turns Away Leather Groups

Author: , September 1st, 2014

Leather FlagOakland’s first Pride parade is today, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the leather community is not invited.

One thing you probably won’t find at Oakland’s first LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday: partially clad men in leather chaps. What you will find is the Jolly Trolly from Children’s Fairyland, pony rides, antique fire engines and singer/drummer Sheila E. Instead of kicking off with Dykes on Bikes, as is the tradition in San Francisco, Oakland’s parade starts with Tykes on Trikes. “We had some leather groups from San Francisco who wanted to come, and we politely declined. We want to keep this G-rated,” said Carlos Uribe, one of the organizers. “We don’t want to compete with San Francisco Pride, we just want to offer a more family-friendly, diverse celebration. Sort of an end-of-summer bookend to SF Pride.”

The city has hosted a Pride fest on and off since the 1990s, but the current incarnation started five years ago with the goal of eventually opening an LGBT community center. Last year, organizers polled the festival’s 30,000 attendees about what they’d like to see at future fests, and 80 percent said they wanted a parade. “We’re going to be the most family-friendly Pride parade anywhere, ever,” said Amber Todd, chair of Oakland Pride. “We’ll have something for everyone – gay, straight, pansexual, kids. My 75-year-old mother’s coming, and she’s as straight as the day is long.”

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Photos from San Francisco Pride 2014

Author: , July 2nd, 2014

We just got back from a weekend in San Francisco for San Francisco Pride 2014. This was our umpteenth SF Pride, and we spent it with Mark’s brother and his husband.

We had a great time in The City – Saturday we checked out the Castro and the crazy Pride celebration at Civic Center. We also caught a very funny play at the New Conservatory Theatre – The Devil Boys from Beyond.

And we took a tour with one of our favorite people in The City – Kathy Amandola at Cruisin’ the Castro. Did you know there’s a link between the eccentric Emperor Norton of the mid 1800’s in SF and the Imperial Court system of drag queens across the country today? Kathy will tell you all about it.

But of course, the LGBT Pride Parade is always the highlight of the weekend. Here are photos (mostly from the parade) capturing the celebration last weekend.

Enjoy!

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The Evolution of the Gay Pride Parade

Author: , June 12th, 2014

Gay Pride ParadeThe gay pride parade has become a popular vehicle for showcasing LGBT pride. An unabashed celebration, the parade is a living, breathing manifestation of the out-and-proud mantra, putting the LGBT community on full display.

However, the history of the parade comes from less celebratory roots, tied more to political activism and protests. Born out of necessity, it was a reaction to commemorate one of the most important events in gay rights history.

On June 28, 1969, a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in downtown Manhattan. Police had been known to raid the club from time to time, but on that night, the patrons fought back. A protest broke out, with police and community members clashing through the night, and for the rest of the week. That was 45 years ago, and it was the spark that ignited the beginning of the gay rights movement, which has snowballed into a much larger movement for the entire LGBT community.

By Yohana Desta – Full Story at Mashable

Dallas Gay Pride – A Month of Events

Author: , May 30th, 2014

Dallas Gay PrideFor LGBT Dallasites, the options for social outings during National Pride Month in June only continue to grow.

The city’s LGBT Task Force has planned events over the month for the past two years. Last year the events focused more on social than educational as the year prior. A family zoo day was added, and will return this year, and more library gatherings for LGBT families made the calendar. Events are still being finalized

Dallas Gay Pride month kicks off at City Hall Wednesday, June 4, in the Flag Room for a city proclamation declaring it Pride Month and honoring individuals during a Spirit of Equality Award ceremony. Recipients will be selected in categories of leadership, ally and community.

An award ceremony was slated for last year but was derailed when former Councilwoman Delia Jasso removed her signature from the equality resolution memo, preventing a vote on the measure. Instead, the Task Force gave one award to former City Manager Mary Suhm before she retied to honor her longtime commitment to helping the group.

By Anna Waugh – The Dallas Voice | Dallas Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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10,000 March in Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , March 2nd, 2014

SydneyThis year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was one the largest ever, with over 10,000 attendees joining to celebrate in the march.

Despite heavy rain on Saturday, the 36th annual parade got underway with so many attendees that organisers couldn’t keep the event under its 4 hour allotted length.

Sydney mayor Clover Moore said: “This is a global event, the biggest of its kind in the world, and it’s good to make those statements.”

See the Full Story at Pink News

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Auckland Gay Pride to Start Later in 2014

Author: , November 6th, 2013

Auckland Gay PrideThe Auckland Pride Festival Trust is pleased to announce the official route and new start time for next year’s Auckland Pride Parade 2014. The Auckland Pride Parade 2014 will start at the later time of 7pm on Saturday 22 February. The Parade will begin at Western Park and will travel the length of Ponsonby Road to finish at Three Lamps.

The Auckland Pride Festival’s massive closing Party will commence immediately after the Parade at an iconic inner city venue. “We are really excited about the later start of next year’s Auckland Pride Parade,” says David Coltman, Auckland Pride Festival Trust co-chair.

“We listened to feedback from this year’s participants, feedback from the hugely supportive Ponsonby businesses along the Parade route – and with the support of Auckland City have been able to confirm a later start for the Auckland Pride Parade 2014. This means the Parade will flow into the closing Party to create an incredible night for all our community and our supporters to remember. It will be the big finish to a fantastic Auckland Pride Festival!”

See the Full Story at Scoop

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Turkey: Country Won’t Censor Gay Pride Parade

Author: , July 8th, 2013

Istanbul, TurkeySome conservative organizations had pushed for media organizations to censor Gay Pride celebrations as pornography. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Turkey’s media regulator has rejected a demand by influential Turkish charities to censor coverage of LGBT events in the country’s media. A group of leading conservative Turkish charities slammed media organizations for covering this year’s Istanbul gay pride. According to leading Turkish charities, such images of Istanbul pride are pornographic, harm children and attack public morality. In a statement signed by 74 charities on Friday, the organizations described Istanbul gay pride as “an attack against public morality and core values.” The statement called for censorship of reporting on LGBT events, and condemned printing photos of pride participants, which it deemed irresponsible and “pornographic.”

A small victory for LGBT rights in a country in turmoil…

Watch: Washington DC Gay Pride

Author: , June 15th, 2013

Lynda Carter - DC Gay Pride 2013America Blog has a great video from DC Pride:

Lynda Carter, of Wonder Woman fame, was our grand marshall. I had the surprise honor of sitting next to her at the birthday part of the kid of a mutual friend here in DC like twenty years ago. It was just Lynda and me sitting at a picnic table having lunch, no one else around. I was speechless. Literally. I said not a word. I was having a picnic with Wonder Woman. In retrospect, I’m bummed I didn’t speak to her, but I’ll always have the pathetic memory of being turned into goo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hundreds Celebrate Edinburgh Gay Pride

Author: , June 15th, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoPride Scotia featured a pride march today with hundreds participating. Gay Star News reports:

Pride Scotia kicked-off earlier today, with a colorful march outside the Scottish Parliament participants made their way through the old town, all the way to Bristo Square. The atmosphere was festive with people sporting costumes, while some participants appeared wearing bridal veils in support of the last push to legalize marriage equality in Scotland. The bi-annual march aims to promote equality and diversity, as well as highlighting LGBT rights issue in Scotland, focusing this year on gay marriage.

Scotland’s Parliament is getting ready to take up the marriage equality bill.

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