Showing posts with label Gay Pride. Show all posts
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March 4, 2019

Thailand First Pride in Ten Years

Chiang Mai Pride 2019. Source: Facebook event page
This edited article is from Prachatai, an independent news site in Thailand, and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.

Written byPrachatai
On 21 February 2019, Chiang Mai celebrated its first LGBT Pride festival since 2009, after the city’s last Pride Parade was canceled due to harassment from counter-protesters.
On 21 February 2009, what would have been Chiang Mai’s second Pride Parade was threatened and forced to shut down due to hostile opposition. The parade was blocked by around 200 protestors who surrounded the parade with trucks and loudspeakers and threw objects and insults at the participants. The protestors were demanding that the organizers call off the parade since they saw gay parades as an insult to Chiang Mai’s culture. The protestors also blocked other participants from joining the event, and there were reports that police officers who were supposed to be guarding the event did nothing to help.
This incident led to the formation of the ‘Sao-sow-ed’ group (a name which roughly translates to ‘Saturday the 21st’) and the declaration of 21 February as ‘Stop Violence Against LGBTQIs Day’, but Chiang Mai had not celebrated another Pride — until this year.
Chiang Mai’s 2019 Pride was held on the 10th anniversary of this event. The Facebook event page says that the day is “used to remember that event and bring together the community. We now stand for protection. We stand for the right to be safe from violence. We stand for the right to raise our quality of life and reflect on the history of our community.”
The 2019 Chiang Mai Pride Parade started at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Centre, where the 2009 Parade would have started if it had gone ahead, and ended at Thaphae Gate. There was also a Chiang Mai Pride Ambassador 2019 Contest. The organizers also read a statement of the history of the LGBT Community’s fight against violence and a candlelight vigil was held in remembrance of the 21 February 2009 event.
As the 2019 general election draws near, more attention is being paid to LGBT rights, especially to marriage equality. Political parties are now proposing policies which will promote LGBT quality of life and equality. The country is also in the process of passing a Civil Partnership Bill. Despite its flaws, if this bill is passed, it will offer same-sex couples in Thailand the legal recognition they have long waited for.
The Thai LGBT community still faces everyday discrimination and violence. Transgender students still cannot dress according to their gender identity in schools and universities, nor can transgender people change their title. And even if the Civil Partnership Bill passes, same-sex couples would not receive all the same rights as heterosexual couples. Nevertheless, there is hope that the country is moving in the right direction.

February 26, 2019

Two People Stabbed At Ft. Lauderdale First Gay Pride Festival

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Two individuals were stabbed at the Fort Lauderdale Gay Pride Festival on Sunday.
The stabbings occurred at 6:30pm near the main stage, and two people have been taken into custody in connection with the attack, said Officer Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, WPLG Local 10 reports.
“We believe this was an isolated incident, which began as an altercation between two parties,” said Leining. “This was not an attack or an active killer situation.”
One of the victims was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the other’s wounds were superficial, according to police. The investigation into the motives behind the incident are still under investigation.
“There is no indication this was a premeditated act of terrorism designed to cause harm or fear to the South Florida LGBTQ community. All indications are that this was a dispute between disagreeing parties,” said Norman Kent, a spokesman for Pride Fort Lauderdale.
“Fortunately, at the time of this incident, law enforcement officers were on site, successfully intervened and took the accused suspects into custody immediately. We are incredibly grateful for the swift response by the officers on duty and their ability to prevent further injury,” the group said in a statement.

October 12, 2018

Kosovo Stages Their Second Gay Pride but with Lots of Security

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Hundreds of people turned out on Wednesday for Kosovo’s second Gay Pride parade under heavy police escort after a party that espouses Islamic values urged the government to scrap the event.  
Participants waving rainbow flags marched in the bright autumn sunshine in the rally - whose motto is “In the name of freedom” - from the main government building in the capital Pristina to a central square where they danced, embraced and kissed.  
Kosovo deployed special police units to protect the marchers but no incidents were reported. The former Serbian province, which declared independence in 2008, is 90 percent Muslim and, like much of the Balkan region, socially conservative.  “We call on state institutions not to deny our identity,” Lendi Mustafa, one of the organisers and who is transgender, told the crowd. “Today we demand freedom for people who have no possibility of escaping the pressure of family and society.” 
A Serbian gay activist, Aleskandar Savic expressed solidarity with the Kosovo marchers.  
“We all fight for the same goals, we share the same values so it is logical that despite our different ethnic background we support each other,” Savic, from Belgrade Pride, told Reuters. 
On Tuesday, Fjala (Word), a political party that fights for the rights of Muslims, said the Gay Pride event was “a parade of shame”, and tried unsuccessfully to have it canceled.   
Some rights activists say Kosovo should allow same-sex marriage. At present, the constitution says “everyone enjoys the right to marry” but the family law also states that those who marry should not be of the same sex. 
Commenting on Wednesday’s Gay Pride parade, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said: “Our constitution guarantees individual freedom for all.” 
“LGBT and Pride Week will always have institutional support, to be free and secure to express their orientation,” Haradinaj said on his Facebook page. 
The European Union, which Kosovo hopes to join one day, has said fear remains widespread in the country’s gay community. 
Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Editing by Gareth Jones

June 18, 2018

IN Kiev Police Detained Ultra Right Anti Gay Demonstrators During Pride

Kiev police detain far-right protesters against gay pride march
 Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far-right radical groups in Kiev on Sunday after scuffles before the capital’s gay pride march.

Otherwise, the annual rally of several thousand supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights took place without serious incident.
Early in the morning, more than 150 far-right protesters had sought to block off the route of the march through central Kiev. Small clashes broke out when police in riot gear moved to clear the street.
“Several men who resisted and used gas canisters against law enforcement officers were detained,” the police said in a statement.
Far-right group C14 said police had surrounded its protesters, attacking them with batons and tear gas. “Look at how they protect ‘sexual minorities’ and violate the rights of regular Kiev citizens,” it said in a post on Facebook.
More people were detained in a subsequent altercation near the Opera House, police said. Kiev’s 2015 pride march was disrupted by violent attacks, but a substantial police presence kept the events in 2016 and 2017 largely peaceful.
Last week, however, leading human rights organisations rebuked the authorities for police inaction in response to rising violence against ethnic minorities, women’s rights activists and LGBT people.
The government has increased support for LGBT rights since a Western-backed leadership came to power in 2014, but critics say homophobic attitudes remain relatively widespread.
KIEV (Reuters) 

June 12, 2018

The Turnout of Gay Pride in Not Gay Friendly Poland Defied Expectations

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The capitals of Poland and Romania hosted festive gay pride parades that attracted thousands of people Saturday, as emboldened participants vowed to keep pushing for the eventual freedom to marry the person of their choice.

A party-like atmosphere prevailed at the parade in Warsaw as people waved rainbow flags and danced. Some had signs and T-shirts with messages of tolerance or sass, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin holding a rainbow.

The celebratory mood could not be subjugated even though same-sex marriage has no real chance of being legalized under Poland’s current conservative government. 

“The worse the political atmosphere, the better the atmosphere at the parade,” observed Michal Niepielski, 55, a radio technician from Krakow.
Niepielski judged Saturday’s turnout to be bigger than for last year’s parade. He attended the event with his partner of 14 years, Wojtek Piatkowski, who called the high spirits a “backlash” against the Polish government. The couple wore matching rainbow suspenders and bow ties.
In the Romanian capital of Bucharest, the rights of same-sex couples also took center stage during a gay pride parade that came days after a major ruling in a marriage case.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled Tuesday that two men — one Romanian, the other American — are entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples in the European Union.

While the ruling doesn’t oblige individual EU member countries to legalize same-sex marriages, it could presage rulings in other pending cases that LGBT rights advocates would consider favorable.
Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia are the EU countries that don’t legally recognize same-sex couples.

Before the parade, choreographer Emil Rengle wanted fellow Romanians who oppose same-sex relationships to know, “We love differently because God created us differently.”

In Poland, the “Equality Parade” festivities got underway Friday night, when a temporary art installation shined a rainbow created with water and light for four hours in downtown Warsaw.
A record number of gay pride marches — 12 — are scheduled across predominantly Catholic Poland this season, including in five cities having them for the first time. Some of the new locations are considered conservative strongholds, like Rzeszow and Opole. 

“People are fed up with feeling like they are under a boot and being trampled down. And they are reacting, they are organizing, they are resisting,” said Hubert Sobecki, president of Love Does Not Exclude, a group working for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Poland.
A record number of foreign ambassadors to Poland — 52 — signed an open letter of support for LGBT rights, up from 42 last year. They included the ambassadors of the United States, Canada, Britain and Turkey.
There were reminders that the cause is not embraced by all. In Poland, a retail chain that sells books and music, Empik, changed its logo for the day into a rainbow. It sparked a heated debate online, with some vowing to boycott the business.

A small group of counter-protesters showed up in Warsaw, but police kept them away from the parade. Romanians who consider homosexuality to be a threat to society rallied in Bucharest before Saturday’s gay pride parade.
New Right movement leader Tudor Ionescu said the parade was “a disgrace, a slap on the cheek of a Christian capital.”

Participants in the opposition rally called for a referendum to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Romania’s marriage law currently defines marriage as a union of spouses, which gay rights opponents say could open the door to same-sex marriages.
Orthodox Christian monk Ciprian Timofte said homosexual activity, which was decriminalized in 2002, should be outlawed again in Romania.


Alison Mutler contributed to this story from Bucharest

June 6, 2018

Pride and Pain and The Quotes One Should Know

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The 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising was not the first moment of American LGBTQ resistance, but what made Stonewall different was the size, duration, and public visibility of the rebellion. On the anniversary of the event the following year, the tradition of the Pride celebration was born, with parades and demonstrations occurring in cities around the world.


Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

Decades after the uprising, Pride events draw corporate sponsorships and become huge moneymakers due to the “pinkwashing” of everyday goods from apparel to fast food, dampening the rebellious spirit of these occasions and raising questions within the LGBTQ world about who controls the quest for liberation, and whose interests are more likely to be represented in that quest (poverty is still a tremendous issue faced by those in the community, as discrimination based on gender, race, and other factors keeps many from thriving).
Due to threats posed to civil rights by the Trump administration – which, for the second year in a row, did not acknowledge June as Pride month, going out of its way to mark “Great Outdoors Month” and other observances instead – this year’s gatherings are more necessary than ever. So is that spirit of resistance against the crude weapons wielded against those who came into the world with slightly different needs: violence, oppression, and widespread indifference in the face of our cries for help.
May the following quotes, gathered from before, during, and after the Stonewall uprising, remind everyone of our urgent need for that help – and also of our power to help ourselves when no assistance appears to be forthcoming.
Ann Bausum, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, 2015“A dance floor dominated the room, driven by a jukebox stocked with pop tunes. Ten cents bought one song; a quarter paid for three. Dancers weaved in and out of spotlight beams, performing for the crowd. Men danced with men, often for the first time in their lives.”
Donn Teal, The Gay Militants, 1971
“The call of a liberation movement appealed, in summer 1969 as it still does, to a variety of young or young-minded American homosexuals whose sole common denominator was impatience. They had shed, or were shedding, all vestiges of homosexual shame, wanted to live in the light. They were ready for a confrontation with anybody who might challenge or even delay their right to do so.”
Edmund White, as quoted in Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, 2004
“Everyone’s restless, angry, and high-spirited. No one has a slogan, no one even has an attitude, but something’s brewing.”
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle, 1973
“Well, we’re just All-American queers.”
David France, How to Survive A Plague, 2016
“Before the Stonewall Riots, homosexuals were an ‘unacknowledged minority…without a spokesman, without a leader, without a publication, without a philosophy of life, without a justification for its own existence,’ as a 1951 bestseller put it.”
Frank Kameny, as quoted in Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, 2004
“By the time of Stonewall we had fifty to sixty gay groups in the country. A year later there was at least 1,500. By two years later, to the extent that a count could be made, it was 2,500.”
Ann Bannon, Beebo Brinker, 1962
“It’s not wrong, pal,” he said to her back. “You’ve been brought up to think so. Most of us have. But who are they hurting? Nobody. They’re just making each other happy. And you want their heads to roll because it makes you feel funny.”
Andrew Holleran, Dancer from the Dance, 1978
“Now of all the bonds between homosexual friends, none was greater than that between friends who danced together. The friend you danced with, when you had no lover, was the most important person in your life; and for people who went without lovers for years, that was all they had.”
Martin Duberman, Stonewall, 1993
“Before the police finally succeeded in clearing the streets—for that evening only, it would turn out—a considerable amount of blood had been shed. Among the undetermined number of people injured was Sylvia’s friend Ivan Valentin; hit in the knee by a policeman’s billy club, he had ten stitches taken at St. Vincent’s Hospital. A teenager named Lenny had his hand slammed in a car door and lost two fingers. Four big cops beat up a young queen so badly—there is evidence that the cops singled out ‘feminine boys’ – that she bled simultaneously from her mouth, nose, and ears.”
Ann Bausum, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, 2015
“The spirit that emerged outside a Mafia-run bar in 1969 became the pulse of the gay community and inspired not just an annual parade but ways to express gay pride in individual lives. Stonewall happens every day.”
Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013
“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.”


May 28, 2018

This Month is LGBT Pride Month [[How Much Do You Know of Its History?]]

 The President of the US Mr. Obama and The Vice President Mr. Biden are walking on the West wing of the White House on a display of support of the Gay marriage deccision of. the Supreme Court and during Pride monh their support for the community. They never promised to protect the community but they did.  You can see here on Pride Month after the Supreme Court decission allowing Same Sex Marriage in the US a display of support never seen before one wishes to ever see again! 🦊

Every summer in the United States, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and allies come together for a month-long celebration of love, diversity, acceptance and unashamed self-pride.
Here's everything you need to know about LGBT Pride Month.

What is LGBT Pride Month?

The commemorative month is meant to recognize the sweeping impact that LGBT individuals, advocates and allies have on history in the U.S. and around the globe, according to the Library of Congress

PHOTO: Participants in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade march in the West Village in Manhattan, June 25, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When is it?

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every year in June, with a series of events and parades taking place across the nation.

PHOTO: Anthony Rubio holds onto his costumed dogs as he walks along Fifth Avenue during the New York City Pride Parade, June 26, 2016, in New York. Mel Evans/AP Photo
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Why is it in June?

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the riots held by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969.
The so-called Stonewall riots were a "tipping point" for the gay liberation movement in the United States, according to the Library of Congress. The uproar also paved the way for the modern fight for LGBT rights.
Previous presidents of the United States have, on several occasions, officially declared June as LGBT Pride Month.

PHOTO: Ahley Newman, of Boise, waves a rainbow flag during the Boise Pride Festival, June 18, 2016 outside the Idaho State Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho. community. Adam Eschbach/The Idaho Press-Tribune/AP Photo
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How do people celebrate LGBT Pride Month?

LGBT Pride Month events draw millions of participants from around the world each year. Today, the month-long celebrations include pride parades, marches, parties, concerts, workshops and symposiums across the nation.
Memorials are also often held for members of the LGBT community who have lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

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The rainbow LGBT flag is prominently displayed throughout the month. Gilbert Baker, an American artist, gay rights activist and U.S. Army veteran, created the flag in 1978 as a new symbol for the gay and lesbian political movement, at the suggestion of his friends and colleagues, including Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor and the first openly gay elected official in California. Milk was assassinated later that year.
According to Baker's website, the colors of the LGBT flag each have a meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony and violet for spirit.
Baker died at the age of 65 on March 31, 2017, though his rainbow flag remains an iconic, powerful symbol for LGBT pride.

PHOTO: Thousands of people take part in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade in Fifth Avenue on June 25, 2017 in New York.


Where will LGBT Pride Month events take place this year?

A slew of official events will be held in various cities across the nation throughout the month of June. Here are some of the more prominent celebrations.

Los Angeles

  • The 2018 LA Pride Festival will be held in West Hollywood Park on June 9 and 10, beginning at noon local time. Singers Kehlani and Tove Lo will headline the event, along with a diverse lineup of other musicians and performers.

  • The 2018 LA Pride Parade will take place on June 10, starting at 11 a.m. local time along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

  • San Francisco

  • SF Pride will host two days of community engagement and entertainment at the Civic Center Plaza on June 23, starting at noon local time, and on June 24, beginning at 11 a.m. local time.

  • The SF Pride Parade will take place on June 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. local time along Market Street.

  • SF Pride's official VIP party, Under the Rotunda, will be held at City Hall on June 24 at 2 p.m. local time.

  • New York City

  • NYC Pride's first ever Human Rights Conference will be held at SUNY Global Center on June 14 at 8 a.m. local time

  • The Pride Luminaries Brunch will take place at David Burke Kitchen on June 17 at noon local time.

  • OutCinema, a three-day event celebrating LGBT pride and community on film, will have specially curated screenings followed by Q&As and open-bar after parties at SVA Theatre on June 18 at 6:45 p.m. local time.

  • The LGBT Community Center's Garden Party at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 will feature a diverse selection of tastings from restaurants around New York City on June 18 at 6 p.m. local time.

  • Family Movie Night, one of the only free NYC Pride events for families and children, will show Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at Hudson River Park's Pier 45 on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. local time.

  • NYC Pride and God's Love We Deliver will host a fundraiser, Savor Pride, where renowned LGBT and ally chefs will cook five different dishes while providing in-depth demonstrations, discussions and tastings on June 21, starting at 6 p.m. local time.

  • The NYC Pride Rally will take place at the historic Stonewall National Monument on June 22 at 5 p.m. local time.

  • NYC Pride weekend kicks off in leather with a night party, Fantasy: Leather Edition, at Slate on June 22 at 10 p.m. local time.

  • NYC Pride will host its first Cosplay event aboard a sunset cruise that embarks from Hudson River Park's Pier 40 on June 22 at 7 p.m. local time.

  • The VIP Rooftop Party will be take place with plenty of dancing and spectacular views at Hudson Terrace on June 23, starting at 2 p.m. local time.

  • NYC Pride's largest female identified event, Teaze HER, will be held at The D.L. on June 23, beginning at 5 p.m. local time.

  • NYC Pride's Masterbeat event will transform the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom into a mega-club on June 23 at 10 p.m. local time.

  • Tove Lo and Kylie Minogue will be among the artists performing for this year's Pride Island at Hudson River Park's Pier 97 on June 23 and 24, beginning at 2 p.m. local time.

  • LGBT youth and their friends can enjoy interactive experiences, games and entertainment at Youth Pride at 14th Street Park on June 23 at noon local time.

  • The annual NYC Pride March on June 24 will begin at 7th Avenue and 16th Street at noon local time.

  • PrideFest will ring in its 25th year as the annual LGBT street fair at University Place between 13th Street and Waverly Place on June 24 at 11 a.m. local time.

  • Women can eat, drink, dance and mingle during Femme Fatale, the exclusive rooftop party for women, at Hudson Terrace on June 24 at 4 p.m. local time.
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