Pride Season 2013 Updates – 6/3/13

Author: , June 3rd, 2013

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2012Here’s a recap of the upcoming Pride events from the last week’s news. Enjoy!

JUNE 1ST

UK, England, Oxford (Gay Web Source): A fantastic turn out at Oxford Pride’s launch party last night means that the festivities are well underway for what is hoped will be the best Oxford Pride ever. There are activities all week in Oxford leading up to the main Parade and Pride event this forthcoming weekend. June 1st

JUNE 7th

India, Chennai (Gay Star News): The Chennai Rainbow Film Festival (CRFF) 2013 is an LGBT film festival running from 7 to 9 June 2013 in India. It will be the first in the Tamil Nadu’s capital city, with more than 30 short films and documentaries, Indian and international, will be screened over three days. Entry is free and open to all. The film festival is a community initiative showcasing the works of established and emerging LGBT film and video makers, or others portraying the LGBT community in a positive light. June 7th-9th

Israel, Tel Aviv (Lustral Boy): Tel Aviv celebrates Pride for the entire month of June with its Pride Parade on Friday, June 7. The video presents a gay dimension of Tel Aviv life that comes as quite a surprise. It stars Arisa feat Omer Adam. Many of Israel’s top politicians turn out for the parade which is followed by a beach party hosted by Supermodel and Leonardo DiCaprio ex, Bar Rafaeli. The event organisers have released a gender-bending video to inspire interest and help lure the expected 20,00 visitors. June 7th

JUNE 8TH

USA, DC (The Washington Blade): The official Capital Pride Parade is today from 4:30-7:30 p.m., starting at P and 22nd Streets and ending in Logan Circle. About 100,000 spectators are expected to attend, and around 170 organizations will participate. Lynda Carter (TV’s “Wonder Woman”) is the “super grand marshal.” For more information, visit capitalpride.org or the event on Facebook. June 8th

JUNE 15TH

Italy, Rome (GayCities – Photos): Italy may be lagging a bit behind the rest of Western Europe in terms of gay rights, but Rome snagged Lady Gaga as a headliner when it hosted World Pride in 2011. This year, Saturday’s Pride parade kicks off at 3pm on Piazza della Repubblica. June 15th

Germany, Berlin (GayCities – Photos): The only city in the world with two concurrent Prides, Berlin’s main CSD (for Christopher Street Day) parade winds through the city before ending at the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Meanwhile the (intentionally) more ragtag and non-commercial Transgenialer CSD wends queerly through through the cool Kreuzberg ‘hood and dumps out onto Oranienstrasse. June 15th-22nd

JUNE 20TH

Spain, Barcelona (GayCities – Photos): A late comer to the Pride bandwagon, Barcelona’s first event was in 2009 – but it’s quickly made up for lost time with a great event, this year themed “Kiss Proudly.” June 20th-30th

JUNE 23RD

UK, England, London (GayCities – Photos): After logistically stumbling a bit while hosting World Pride last year, London is back on track with a full week of Pride-related events, to be kicked off by none other than Martina Navratilova. The parade, scheduled for 1 to 4pm on Saturday the 29th, will head down Oxford Street and past Trafalgar Square before ending at Whitehall. June 23rd-29th

JUNE 26TH

USA, FL, St. Petersburg (Seasons of Pride): The purpose of St. Pete Pride is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities. The Promenade, held along Central Avenue between 21st Street and 29th Street, features more than 100 organizations and businesses supporting and celebrating the Tampa Bay LGBT community. The Promenade and Street Festival together draw more than 100,000 attendees, making it one of Tampa Bay’s largest events! June 26th-30th

JUNE 29th

France, Paris (GayCities – Photos): Paris’ huge Pride parade draws some 650,000 spectators every year. It kicks off this year at 1:30pm on Place du 18 Juin 1940. There’s more to celebrate than ever with the passage of marriage equality. June 29th

USA, CA, San Francisco (LGBT Weekly): The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee and Board of Directors has announced its 2013 SF Pride’s Celebration and Parade’s Celebrity Grand Marshal line-up. SF Pride Celebrity Grand Marshal selections honor the work that the individuals have contributed in furthering the causes of the LGBT community. “It is with such great excitement that we publicly congratulate the official 2013 celebrity grand marshals as they particularly reflect this year’s powerful theme of ‘Embrace, Encourage and Empower.’ The board of directors and I look forward to joining them over the 2013 SF Pride weekend, which runs from June 29-30 with various events across the Bay Area!,” said San Francisco Pride CEO Earl Plante. June 29th-30th

USA, MO, St. Louis (GayTravel.com): The St. Louis Pride Festival is one of our favorite events of the season! With entertainment, a festival, and epic parade, St. Louis Pride is the best of the best in pride celebrations. Read GayTravel.com’s exclusive interview with Staci Stift of St. Louis Pride! GT: What sets this event apart from other events of its type? SS: We are currently the largest Pride Festival in the State of MO. We are still currently a free festival, most other Pride Festivals require a ticket to attend. June 29th-30th

USA, NM, Albuquerque (Seasons of Pride) Albuquerque’s largest and longest running LGBTIQ event. Celebrating 37 years of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer/questioning diversity! June 29th

USA, WA, Seattle (Seasons of Pride): Our largest event is the Seattle Pride Parade. This parade is always a climax of the celebratory weekend on the last Sunday in June. Historically honors Stonewall – marking the start of the gay rights movement in 1969. Over 120 parade entries from different organizations, employers, sponsors and movements participate in this event. This event brings public awareness to current issues while also providing and advertising resources that support diversity, equal rights and community. June 29th

JULY 1ST

Canada, BC, Victoria (Seasons of Pride): The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies. Victoria Pride fosters learning and empowerment through social celebration and networking. We strive to create a better public understanding of our community’s history, courage, diversity and future. July 1st-7th

JULY 3RD

Spain, Madrid (GayCities – Photos): Madrid hosts what’s not just the biggest Pride in Spain, but in all of Europe, with some 2 million people (including a great many straight folks) attending Saturday’s main event. July 3rd-7th

JULY 3RD

Spain, Madrid (Seasons of Pride): The 2013 LGBT Pride festivities in Madrid will be held between 3 and 7 July. The State Demonstration will take place on July 6. The tour will begin in Atocha, Paseo del Prado will go up and end in Puerta de Alcala. July 3rd-7th

USA, CA, Los Angeles (Seasons of Pride): This is developed for the purpose of Advocating, Educating and Celebrating the Diversity of the Black and Other minority LGBT Family. The program works towards Advancing and Protecting the rights and dignity of these units while working towards developing Individual and Family Health, Child Advancement Initiatives including holiday Toy and School Drives for children of the community. July 3rd-7th

JULY 5TH

Germany, Cologne (Seasons of Pride): On the first complete weekend in July, Cologne again expects hundreds of thousands of visitors to fill the streets of the inner city. Together, on the 7th July at the CSD Parade we will demonstrate that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals will be equally treated legally and socially accepted. The street festival in the Cologne Old Town and the AIDS-Gala of the AIDS-Hilfe Cologne are, as well as the parade, an inherent part of the CSD weekend. A colorful stage program, numerous information-stands and various political events await you. July 5th-7th

JULY 6TH

USA, ME, Ogunquit (Edge Boston): Lee Castillo is busy pinning down the final details to the new Bear Week on the block, Ogunquit Bear Week, presented by Ogunquit Maine Bears, making its debut July 6 to 13. “It’s really beautiful, very gay-friendly. The beach is easily accessible. It’s just amazing. And it’s so much less expensive than Provincetown. I was surprised there wasn’t already an event,” says Castillo, who lives in Alexandria. “While I was there on vacation, I met some of the guys there, bears, and I pitched this idea to them.” July 6th-13th

JULY 10TH

France, Marseille (GayCities – Photos): France’s second city of Marseille is shining this year as both a European Capital of Culture and the host of this year’s EuroPride. Expect a stellar lineup of parties and performers, including Rossy de Palma and Boy George. July 10th-20th

JULY 13TH

USA, MA, Provincetown (Edge Boston): And when it comes to events, Provincetown offers plenty more than lounging by the pool or dipping your toes in the Atlantic. As Lambeth mentioned, P’town has shows – an oddly rich variety of them for a town its size. This summer, for example, you might take in Kate Clinton one night, Audra McDonald the next, then Miss Richfield 1981 or Joey Arias & Raven O. And that’s just taking in the tip of the iceberg. July 13th-21st

JULY 27TH

Netherlands, Amsterdam (GayCities – Photos): The Pride with floats that really float, Amsterdam’s highlight – extremely popular with local gays and straights alike – is the Saturday Canal Parade. Some 300 other Pride-related parties and cultural events are also slated for the weekend. July 27th-August 4th

JULY 30TH

Sweden, Stockholm (GayCities – Photos): Scandinavia’s biggest Pride returns to gayrific Stockholm, with the usual half a million spectators expected for Saturday’s parade. This year’s theme, Go West, urges Russian LGBT people to participate in a country where they and Pride are respected. July 30th-August 3rd

AUGUST 12TH-18TH

Czech Republic, Prague (GayCities – Photos): After its first two very successful incarnations, Prague Pride returns for another year of cutting-edge events, capped off by its popular Saturday parade through the city. August 12th-18th

AUGUST 23RD-26TH

UK, England, Manchester (GayCities – Photos): While its main events happen over what’s called the Big Weekend in the city’s renowned Gay Village, Manchester’s Pride also includes the excellent Pride Fringe Festival, featuring more than 40 performances, exhibits, and events over several weeks. August 23rd-26th