Trump and Putin drag it up. Sort of.

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Associated Press/Nelson Antoine | 17112

Hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community.

Organizers said they expected 3 million people to participate in Sao Paulo’s 21st annual gay pride parade.

Some people held up signs portraying Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as drag queens.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hundreds-thousands-brazil-gay-parade-worlds-biggest-48117959

Kiev’s Pride

Participants take part in the equality march in Kiev

Valentyn Ogirenko for Reuters | 17111

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.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-lgbt-march-idUSKBN1990IU

Man challenged at Pulse, one year on

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Yesterday | Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP/Associated Press | 17106

An anti-gay protester was pushed to the ground by a police officer and handcuffed next door to the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando as hundreds of people gathered to remember the one-year mark of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The man was handcuffed as the crowd chanted “love conquers hate.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-church-bells-mark-1-year-since-pulse-massacre/2017/06/12/85e88a98-4f72-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html?utm_term=.3d54158becb4

Remembering and marching for freedom and rights

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Associated Press | 17105

Hundreds of thousands of gay citizens marched in cities across the United States in pride and protest this weekend, celebrating and demanding full rights for our community. The Equality March in Washington and the Resist March in Los Angeles were just two major events this weekend.

Many of the marchers noted what they believe is the setback in the progress made under the Obama administration, in the new Trump White House.

Several members of the new President’s Cabinet have been openly critical of the gay community, including Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Unlike Obama, Trump did not declare June Gay Pride Month.

Sunday’s marches came on an especially poignant day as many remembered the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, one year ago, when a pro-Islamic State gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 people.

https://www.voanews.com/a/lgbt-pride-marches/3896483.html

Tate bares all

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The Critics | Henry Scott Tuke | Warwick District Council

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.

It must be Spring

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Dublin People | 17057

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.

http://www.dublinpeople.com/news/southside/articles/2017/03/13/4136466-stephen-takes-mr-gay-ireland-title-for-2017/

Yes, it was a big gay out

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New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English attended Auckland’s Big Gay Out at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier despite dark clouds threatening to spoil the day. A number of political parties had stalls. As well as the Prime Minister, ACT leader David Seymour and Labour leader Andrew Little attended.

English hoped to be more warmly received that his predecessor John Key was, after he was booed off stage at last year’s event. Auckland mayor Phil Goff posed for photos with those present, joined by councillors Cathy Casey and Richard Hills.

The theme of this years event was ending HIV. Green Party leader James Shaw was also there, and said his party had a “pretty clear track record” of standing with the LGBT community. The Greens were committed to eradicating HIV from New Zealand by 2025. “There’s a tonne of work that still needs to happen for this community, particularly in public health.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/aucklander/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503378&objectid=11799304

Bona seating!

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Orlando United | 17002

Orlando City’s Soccer Club has unveiled 49 rainbow seats in its stadium, in honour of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting of June 2016. The team has replaced a section of seating in the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

It is the latest in a line of tributes the Soccer Club has paid to the victims of the incident.

http://www.98fm.com/Orlando-Soccer-Stadium-Unveils-Rainbow-Seats-For-Pulse-Victims

Gladiator gone

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Mr Walters in the outfit | Back to Stonewall | 16306ga

Will X. Walters, who lost a lawsuit against San Diego police who arrested him for nudity during San Diego Pride, may have killed himself.

Police were called to the apartment of 35-year-old Will X. Walters Wednesday but it’s unclear how long he’d been dead. The case is under investigation by the medical examiner.

Back to Stonewall report that Mr Walters “was dressed in leather gear consisting of boots, a black leather gladiator kilt, black underwear, and a black leather harness with chrome rings and says he was forcibly escorted out and had his phone knocked from his hand as he attempted to record the incident.”

His attorney, Chris Morris, says he hadn’t heard from his client since the Dec. 13 verdict.

Mr Walters was arrested in 2011 during a gay pride event at Balboa Park, San Diego for wearing a leather gladiator outfit that didn’t fully cover his buttocks. He sued police for anti-gay discrimination but a federal jury ruled against him. Mr Walters had run up a bill of roughly $1 million for his legal costs.

Gay Activist sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/man-lost-gay-pride-arrest-suit-apparent-suicide-44460676

http://www.back2stonewall.com/2012/03/update-san-diego-prides-shawn-chamberlain-responds-lawsuit-pride-thong-arrest.html