Los Angeles police apprehend man with weapons who said he planned to attack LA Pride

By John Mack Freeman Police apprehended a suspect in Los Angeles who had a car with weapons, ammunition, and explosives who said he was on his way to attack the Los Angeles Pride festivities. Via LA Times: Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said on Twitter that the 20-year-old man told one of her officers after he was […]

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New poll finds 50 percent of European Pride attendees identify as “straight”

By John Mack Freeman A recent poll of European Pride attendees found that about half of them identify as heterosexual. Via PinkNews: The results of the study were released in the run up to this year’s Pride Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, to mark the 18th pride festival in the city. The poll – conducted during […]

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Five wounded, one dead in attack on Jerusalem Pride event

By John Mack Freeman Five people were wounded and another person has died as a result of an attack at a Jerusalem Pride event this week. The attacker, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man named Yishai Schlissel, was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a ten year term for a similar attack. 16 year old Shira […]

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Scottish Pride event courts controversy with shifting rules on drag performers

By John Mack Freeman Update: Free Pride Glasgow has made a complete 180, releasing this statement on Wednesday, July 22: There was never a ban on drag queens and kings attending Free Pride. There was a decision to not book any drag acts, which has been overturned. Free Pride now welcomes drag performers of all […]

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Turkish police attack Pride with rubber bullets, water cannons

By John Mack Freeman With such good news on the same-sex marriage front in the United States in the last week, it can be easy to lose sight of the struggles LGBT people are facing throughout the world. A Pride celebration in Turkey turned violent last weekend when the police attacked the celebrators with water […]

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South Korea rules police can’t ban Pride

By John Mack Freeman A court in South Korea ruled this week that the police could not ban a Pride celebration by refusing to issue permits for a parade. Via Gay Star News: The court ruled this violated LGBTI activists’ right to protest. ‘Unless there is a clear risk of danger to the public, preventing […]

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Indiana Governor releases Pride statement with no mention of LGBT people

By John Mack Freeman In a bizarre instance of LGBT erasure, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana released a proclamation welcoming individuals to Indianapolis’ Pride Celebration without mention LGBT people in the proclamation. The text was as follows: Greetings, On behalf of the people of Indiana, welcome to Indianapolis. I am confident that those of you […]

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Russian police stop unsanctioned Pride event

By John Mack Freeman A gay rights rally in central Moscow was broken up on Saturday, May 30th by the Russian police. The police detained over 20 people, including some anti-gay protesters that had attacked the gay rights rally. The rally was held after Moscow denied the group the right to hold a rally within […]

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White Houses releases proclamation in recognition of June being LGBT Pride Month

By John Mack Freeman The White House released a proclamation on Friday declaring June to be a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride month. The full proclamation reads as follows: LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION From the moment our Nation first […]

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