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An estimated 25,000 people took part in London’s Pride yesterday, marking 50 years since the legalisation of homosexuality between consenting adult men, and one million spectators were expected to line the route.
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More than 100 firearms officers patrolled the parade, with police warning attendees of an increased police presence following the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.
A policewoman with British Transport Police had the surprise of her life when her partner proposed to her. She said Yes.
Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords, said: ‘Homosexuality is still illegal in over 70 countries around the world, including many in the Commonwealth.
“None of this will be solved by a march, or a display of lights in Westminster. But these acts will demonstrate to those who are being persecuted or abused that they are supported.”
Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city.
The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city’s Taksim Square.
Authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from far-right groups.
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Ukrainian politicians and foreign diplomats joined thousands marching for gay pride in Kiev today, carrying banners and waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags in a parade which was flanked by a thick cordon of police.
The march was largely incident-free, but 200 people protested, variously calling it an affront to traditional values and to soldiers fighting pro-Russian separatist rebels in the eastern Donbass region.
Ukrainian authorities have increased their support for gay rights since a pro-Western government took power in 2014. In 2015, a law was passed banning workplace discrimination against the LGBT community.
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Last week, the city of Philadelphia revealed a revamped version of the gay pride flag. The revised flag has a black and brown stripe added on top of the traditional rainbow flag, meant to represent people of colour who are ”marginalized, ignored, and even intentionally excluded”.
But some members of the community think that the addition is unnecessary at best and divisive at worst. Charley Beal, a friend of the original flag’s designer Gilbert Baker, told NBC: “The stripes were not chosen for skin color — they were chosen to reflect the spectrum of color in nature.”
A spokesperson for Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs told NBC that the controversy is unfounded, and that the flag isn’t meant to replace the original, but to be “additive.”
Oh, additives. They cause so many problems.
“Adam”, not his real name, a gay man in Connecticut, has told of a dangerous sex ‘trend’ he has experienced several times in his life in the hope it will save others. It is known as “stealthing”.
‘Stealthing’ is the dangerous practice of men removing their condoms midway through sex without their partner knowing, increasing the risk of HIV and other diseases. Some have called it a form of sexual assault. “If stealthing is prevalent in the heterosexual community then I’m telling you it’s rampant in the homosexual community,” “Adam” said.
Visually keeping your eye on the condom is not always the easiest thing with two men.
“I cannot tell you how petrified I was meeting up with someone that you could well be putting your life in their hands. There was more than a few times I caught or suspected the other person trying to remove their condom.”
“Adam” wants to make young men aware this could be happening to them.
Craig and Leon | Kent Online | 17068
The Queen Anne in Maidstone, Kent, has been a gay pub for many years but the new proprietors are a gay couple who have renovated the pub into a pub for the whole wider community, hopefully to enable the pub to survive.
Craig Burns remembers the Sittingbourne Road venue as the beating heart of Maidstone’s lesbian, gay community when he and his husband Leon used to drink there a few years ago. He said: “This is quite a nice challenge for us. A number of people have come and gone over the past few years and the pub and community need some stability. We used to drink here quite a lot when Ricky and Darren were in charge. It was thriving then and we want to make it the heart of the gay community in Maidstone again but are opening the doors for everyone.”
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London’s Tate Britain is preparing its first show dedicated to “queer art” -“Queer British Art 1861-1967”. It is almost 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.
“We have works which demonstrate lots of different attitudes, from anxiety to celebration,” Curator Clare Barlow told the Observer, adding that other items came to acquire notoriety by accident. Walter Crane’s languorous 1877 painting, The Renaissance of Venus, is a good example. “Crane’s wife did not want him viewing or drawing nude women, so instead he used a well-known young male model, Alessandro di Marco, to stand in for the goddess of love.”
The exhibition includes a full-length portrait of Oscar Wilde by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington, given to the writer as a wedding present by the artist and now being shown publicly in Britain for the first time. Next to it is Oscar’s prison cell door.
Queer British Art 1861-1967 is at Tate Britain, London SW1P, from 5 April to 1 October 2017.
Gilbert Baker | Pride Winnipeg | 17063
Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco-based activist and artist best known for creating the rainbow flag representing gay rights, has died at the age of 65. He was living in New York.
Baker, who was born in Kansas in 1951, was stationed in San Francisco in the early 1970s while serving in the US Army, at the start of the gay rights movement.
According to the website biography Baker began making banners for gay rights and anti-war protests, often at the request of Harvey Milk, who would become the first openly gay man elected to public office in California when he won the 1977 race for a seat on the San Francisco board of supervisors.
Milk rode under the first rainbow flags made by Baker at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in June 1978.
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The recent ratings flop of an American TV miniseries about gay rights confirms that Americans are not tuning in to pro-LGBTQ programming, reports Lifesite News.
ABC’s miniseries “When We Rise” was about the “gay rights” revolution. As Heatstreet reported, “When We Rise received saturation ad coverage during the Oscars ahead of its premiere this week. But the hype didn’t work and the show tanked from the first episode.”
When We Rise was the lowest-rated program on the Big 4 US Networks [CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX] and second lowest-rated overall last night, matching the CW’s Supergirl (0.7, even with last week). The CW’s Jane The Virgin (0.3) was off by a tenth.
The Advocate described When We Rise as “a sprawling tale of queer liberation that covers the Stonewall riots to marriage equality to the transgender rights battle.” The ABC series was directed by “out” homosexual Dustin Lance Black, whose previous work includes the acclaimed film “Milk” about Harvey Milk.
In recent years, gay themed television shows have not been successful on American TV. My friends on Facebook who have seen the series were very disappointed and upset by it. Could it be that gay themed TV shows are no longer relevant in some western countries, because we have moved on, and integrated?
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The sun has been shining on Your Activist for the third consecutive day; the temperature could almost be described as “warm”; on the radio, we heard a man have a request played for his tortoise, Dougal, who has just emerged from hibernation; and the daffodils are out. Now, however we have proof of what we were beginning to suspect: it’s Spring, and Stephen Lehane, from Glenageary, has won the 12th annual Mr Gay Ireland competition.
Before you know it, it will be Pride.