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Gay Pride events go online to mark 50th anniversary

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The 24-hour online Global Pride event runs with the slogan 'Exist, persist, resist'

'WE'RE ALL HUMAN.' View of digital billboards at Times Square on June 26, 2020 in New York City. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year's pride march had to be canceled over health concerns. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Lady Gaga makes surprise appearance at Stonewall rally in New York

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The singer joins members of the LGBTQ+ community in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots

Gay Pride parade engulfs Sao Paulo despite unease over Brazil's conservative turn

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:36 AM

This year, many Sao Paulo LGBT pride parade participants say they are turning out because they feel their liberties are increasingly under threat

BRAZIL'S GAY PRIDE. Aerial view of the 23rd Gay Pride Parade, which theme is "50 years of Stonewall", in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 23, 2019. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Thousands march in Ukraine capital's Gay Pride

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Homophobia is still commonplace, even though Kiev authorities have allowed gay pride marches to be held, unlike in neighboring Russia

PRIDE. A participant with his beard painted in the rainbow flag colours chants slogans as another holds a placard reading "Homophobia is a Stalin-era tradition" (L), during the annual Gay Pride parade in Kiev, on June 23, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Netanyahu appoints Israel's first openly gay minister

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The appointment of Amir Ohana comes as Jerusalem prepares for its annual Gay Pride celebrations

HISTORIC. File photo of Amir Ohana, Israel's first openly gay minister appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo from

Thou shalt not march: South Korean conservatives denounce Pride

May 31, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Conservative Liberty Korea Party says the ruling Democrat party, which supports Seoul's Pride march, should 'come out' as a 'queer' party, adding that the annual event was 'lascivious' and involved 'excessive exposure of bodies'

Participant Kevin Kim (39) poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017. Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march.     / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Thousands march and dance in New York's Gay Pride parade

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The theme of this year's parade is 'Defiantly Different,' a message inspired in reaction to President Donald Trump's treatment of the LGBTQ community

PRIDE MARCH PROPOSAL. Trudy Bermudez and paramedic Tayreen Bonilla of New York City Fire Department get engaged at the annual Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Same-sex couples wed under LGBTs Christian Church

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The LGBTs Christian Church, a religious organization, hopes that the State will eventually legalize same-sex marriage

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Rio's gay pride marches on despite opposition by conservatives

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:39 PM

While Brazil is famous for its sun, sand, and skin-baring Carnival extravaganza, the country has a conservative streak, being still mostly Roman Catholic

KEEP THE PRIDE. A man poses for the picture during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 19, 2017. Photo by Leo Correa/AFP

Nepal hosts gay pride parade demanding equal rights

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The march is timed to coincide with the Hindu festival of Gai Jatra which brings hundreds onto the streets to pay respects to those who have died in the past year

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

World Pride 2017: Warna-warni di jalanan Madrid

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Pride Parade 2017 tahun ini dipusatkan di Madrid untuk mendukung hak hak kaum LGBT Madrid merupakan salah satu kota yang mengakui pernikahan sesama jenis

PRIDE. Pride 2017 di Madrid diikuti dari delegasi berbagai negara, termasuk negara-negara Asia Tenggara seperti Filipina dan Singapura, tapi tidak ada Indonesia. Foto oleh Famega Syavira/Rappler

Turkey police break up Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED It is the 3rd year in a row that the parade for LGBT rights has been banned by Turkish authorities

A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office. Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

IN PHOTOS: Why we're #HereTogether

Jun 25, 2017 - 8:30 AM

They came to protest preach and to celebrate diversity and unity

Trudeau becomes first Canadian PM to march in Toronto Pride parade

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:27 AM

Thunderous applause greeted Trudeau as he paraded down a main Toronto artery waving a Canadian maple leaf flag bordered with a rainbow

CANADA'S PRIDE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle, holding flag) participates at the annual Pride Festival parade, July 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ian Willms/Getty Images/AFP

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The marchers pay tribute to the 49 people killed in the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida

People celebrate the Christopher-Street-Day parade on July 3, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.   / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maja Hitij / Germany OUT

Gay Pride march sparks French hard Right row

Jul 03, 2016 - 8:09 AM

Thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday s march amid tight if discreet security three weeks after the attack on a Florida nightclub which killed 49 people

LOVE IS LOVE. Participants hold US and rainbow flags during the Gay Pride parade in Paris on July 2, 2016. Photo by Francois Guillot/ AFP

IN PHOTOS: 22nd Manila Pride March

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Members of the LGBT community reiterate their call for an end to discrimination as they gather for the 22nd Manila Pride March

Istanbul riot police break up LGBT rally

Jun 20, 2016 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED Turkish gay advocates gather despite a ban against their Trans Pride event

epa05377508 Participants wave rainbow flags as they gather in spite of the Istanbul LGTB Pride Parade being cancelled due to security concerns by the Governorate of Istanbul, in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 June 2016. Supporters of the LGBT community gathered in central Istanbul as part of the Trans Pride Week 2016. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Jun 12, 2016 - 6:33 PM

UPDATED Organizers say police did an excellent job of securing the LGBT event

PRIDE MARCH. A participant carries a rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 12 June 2016. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Kosovo holds first-ever gay pride march

May 17, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci joins the march to express support for the LGBT community

epa05311894 Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) comunity hold posters and rainbow flags during a march against homophobia in Pristina, Kosovo, 17 May 2016. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is marked annualy on 17 May to raise awareness of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights violations. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

At the end of the rainbow #LoveWins

Jun 28, 2015 - 5:13 PM

They fought for the love that knows no gender

IN PHOTOS: Becoming Venice

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:00 AM

It is in her own realization that she is of age and not getting any younger in her recognition of not wanting to have any regrets later on in life and the importance of fulfilling her need to express herself she delved into learning the art form of Drag

Why Gay Pride celebrations still exist

Dec 05, 2014 - 5:31 PM

We march for the hope that who we are what our families look like who we love and how we act will no longer disqualify us from fair treatment and equal rights

Hundreds march in India capital's gay pride parade after shock ruling

Nov 30, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Wearing rainbow wigs and waving colorful flags and posters with messages such as All love is equal members of the community and their supporters march to celebrate their sexual freedom and to ask others to understand

Indian members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community hold placards as they walk underneath a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride Parade in New Delhi on November 30,2014. Hundreds of LGBT activists marched through the streets of the Indian capital on November 30, the first in New Delhi since the Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. AFP PHOTO/SAJJAD HUSSAIN

Thousands of Brazilians march in gay rights parade

Nov 17, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Under the slogan A million voices gays lesbians transvestites transsexuals and supporters march along Copacabana beach

A drag queen poses for pictures over a diversity flag in the Gay Pride Parade in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 16 November 2014. EPA/Marcelo Sayão

Thousands march for gay pride in Hong Kong

Nov 08, 2014 - 7:54 PM

The mood of the parade remains festive despite rain and cloudy weather with some 3 000 taking part according to an Agence France Presse reporter

GAY PRIDE. Colored ballons symbolizing gay movement are seen at Victoria Park ahead the Gay Pride Parade in Hong Kong on November 8 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Taiwan

Oct 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

Gay rights supporters urge the parliament to speed up the passing of the bill to legalize same sex marriage

Taiwanese gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei waves a rainbow flag on the rooftop of a building during a rally in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 25, 2014. Photo by David Chang/EPA

Uganda gay pride rally after tough law overturned

Aug 09, 2014 - 7:53 PM

Homophobia is widespread in Uganda where American style evangelical Christianity is on the rise

RAINBOW FLAG. Ugandan men hold a rainbow flag reading "Join hands to end LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Intersex - called Kuchu in Uganda) genocide" as they celebrate on August 9, 2014 during the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda. Photo by AFP/Isaac Kasamani

Vietnam hosts third gay pride parade as attitudes soften

Aug 03, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Around 300 activists lead a colorful parade through Hanoi in the nation s largest ever gay pride event as communist Vietnam shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference

SUPPORT. Participants in Vietnam's gay pride parade ride bicycles along a street in downtown Hanoi on August 3, 2014. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP

Don't worry about my gender

Jun 26, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Understanding the differences among us actually enriches our lives and leads to a more harmonious and tolerant environment

Tens of thousands take part in Rome's Gay Pride march

Jun 08, 2014 - 9:16 AM

Though polls find that a majority of Italians are in favor of civil unions for gay couples Italy lags behind its European neighbors partly due to the influence of the Catholic Church

People at the annual Gay Pride parade near the Colosseum to protest against the discrimination of LGBT people in Rome, Italy, 15 June 2013. File photo by Massimo Percossi/EPA

Israel unveils tribute to gay victims of Nazis

Jan 10, 2014 - 10:53 PM

This monument reminds us all how important it is for us to respect every human being remarks Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai at the unveiling

Miss Universe host slams Russia for 'demonizing' gays

Nov 09, 2013 - 9:29 AM

Thomas Roberts calls Russia s homophobic legislation dark times for the country

GAY PRIDE. News anchor Thomas Roberts goes against Russia's new homophobic laws. Photo by AFP

Mark Zuckerberg joins gay pride parade

Jul 02, 2013 - 8:32 AM

The Facebook chief and more than 700 Facebook employees joined the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

MARCHES WITH PRIDE. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg led other Facebook employees in support of gay rights at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Photo from AFP

Life and Style wRap: Bananas in Turkey, no Web in Cuba

Jun 29, 2013 - 2:33 PM

And Gatsby s dapper era and the LGBT zeitgeist in fashion and diplomacy

WEB LIMITS. Some Cubans think the limited access to the Internet is another government restriction

The Pride March photo that went viral

Dec 11, 2012 - 6:39 AM

We remember the time when we were still in the closet and vividly so how much we needed to see someone do it first

Thousands rally for gay marriage at Taiwan parade

Oct 27, 2012 - 5:17 PM

Thousands of people marched though Taipei on Saturday October 27 to push for the legalisation of same sex marriage in Taiwan as the island marked its 10th annual Gay Pride event in colourful fashion

Myanmar holds first gay pride celebrations

May 17, 2012 - 10:16 PM

Myanmar holds its first gay pride celebrations amid dramatic political change