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Has Pride lost its way?

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has claimed that the Pride movement has lost its way. Writing in The Guardian, Tatchell said that what was once a protest for gay rights has become nothing but a commercial and bureaucratic event that fails to prioritise the LGBT community. Tatchell wrote that Pride has now “morphed into a commercialised, bureaucratic and rule-bound event, which too often reflects the wishes of the city authorities, not the LGBT community.” “The admirable organisers, Pride
By Jake Patel
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Teen charged for sending death threats to "homophobic old s**t" Arlene Foster

An 18-year-old teenager is due to appear in court after sending threatening messages to Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster. Mark Sloan, from County Down, was arrested after he allegedly sent Foster sexual and violent threats over Facebook Messenger. Foster and the DUP are currently supporting the Conservative Party’s minority government. The DUP has blocked all attempts to progress equal marriage in Northern Ireland. Sloan allegedly messaged Foster saying that she should “go hang
By Jake Patel
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Fifth Harmony's Lauren couldn't be happier since coming out last year

Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui has opened up about how her life has changed since coming out as bisexual last November. The singer came out in a brutal letter to Donald Trump and his supporters after he was elected as the next President of the United States. In her letter, Lauren said, “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it.” “It’s hard to accept yourself when you live in a world where nobody is like you,” Lauren has now said in an interview with The Sun. “Or you
By Jake Patel
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Three gay men get married in legal first

Three gay men in Colombia have married each other. The men have been legally recognised as the first ‘polyamorous family’ in the country. Actor Victor Hugo Prada and his two partners, journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez and sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez, signed the legal documents earlier this month. These documents establish them as a family with inheritance rights in the eyes of the law. Lawyer and gay rights activist German Rincon Perfetti has said that there are many polyamorous
By Jake Patel
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Vandals target rainbow and transgender flag crossing twice in a week

A rainbow and transgender crossing has been vandalised for the second time in a week. The crossing, in Lethbridge, Canada, was vandalised on Monday and Thursday, less than a week after it was first painted. The city has told Lethbridge Pride members that the damage was done with tar and asphalt. Lethbridge Pride Fest said late Monday night both marked crossings had visible vehicle skid marks across them. Lethbridge Pride Fest described the skid marks from Monday as “deliberate.” “These mark
By Jake Patel
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Eddie Izzard opens up about coming out as transgender

Transgender British comedian Eddie Izzard says he intends to stand for Parliament at the next election. Izzard has long been a supporter of the Labour Party and has frequently teased the idea of standing for office. “I’m not going to muck about at it. I’ve done a number of very serious things in my life. “Coming out as transgender 30 years ago was not easy,” Izzard told Metro. “I had to keep my career going. It was tricksy. “Gay or lesbian doesn’t really impact, there’s no particular badge
By Jake Patel
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Anti LGBT group holds conference in San Diego

A national conference is taking place today and Saturday in San Diego, promoting the widely discredited idea that gay and lesbian people can be converted through prayer, soul searching and counselling. The event, “Hope 2017,” has been organised by the Restored Hope Network which is based in Oregon. “Restored Hope is an interdenominational membership governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality,” according
By Jake Patel
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Hundreds of thousands march in Sao Paulo pride

This Sunday hundreds and thousands of people gathered in Sao Paulo in Brazil for one of the world’s largest gay Pride parades this year. Sao Paulo’s Pride organisers have voiced the importance of the need to protect their rights from groups that wish to condemn the LGBT community. Organisers had expected at least 3 million people to attend the parade but no official figure or estimates have been released. “Our main enemies today are religious fundamentalists,” said the Parade organiser Claudi
By Jake Patel
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The Babadook returns to raise money for LGBTQ awareness

LGBT icon ‘The Babadook’ is creeping back into the cinema this June as part of an LGBT fundraising event. The Babadook is going to be screened at the Los Angeles art house Arena Cinelounge. There will be three fundraiser screening “with proceeds supporting LGBTQ awareness,” according to the Arena Cinema programme for the event. Screenings will be held from June 23 to the 26. The cinema also plans to hold a panel discussion where fans can ask people who have worked on the film questions, call
By Jake Patel
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LGBT posters spread in Baghdad call for acceptance and tolerance

Posters calling for the acceptance of homosexuality have been put up in the streets of Baghdad, calling for tolerance and equality. The posters depict two rainbow coloured hands making a heart shape with featureless men and women. Many of the posters are written in Arabic and read, “I am equal to you. Difference is the basis of life.” It is currently unclear who is behind this campaign. This campaign has stirred up a lot of controversial discussions as it is also the holy month of Ramadan
By Jake Patel
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Gay rapper wants to make America "Femme again"

Gay rapper Cazwell has released the music video for his single ‘loose wrists’ which criticises President Donald Trump and his administration. ‘Loose Wrist’ went viral earlier this year, the video features Cazwell himself and backup dancers in pastel coloured lace shorts and plenty of male strippers. “I’m a big boss, big balls, on a phone call… hit the white house, rearrange some things,” Cazwell raps. The video also has some impressive visuals which help support the strong political message h
By Jake Patel
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Trans woman in Australia wins UN support in changing her gender on birth certificate

A married trans woman in New South Wales, Australia has won the support a United Nations Human Rights Committee in changing the gender on her birth certificate. The transgender woman referred to as G, has tried and been unsuccessful on multiple occasions to change the sex on her birth certificate. Most of Australia’s states and territories have imposed requirements for gender recognition which have been widely criticised by the Australian Human rights commission and LGBT groups. One requireme
By Jake Patel
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Christian school defends LGBT discrimination claims in voucher funding debate

An American private school that receives taxpayer funding is coming under fire after claims that it has discriminatory policies towards LGBT students. The Lighthouse Christian Academy in the city of Bloomington in Indiana says in its admissions brochure that it reserves the right to deny admission to LGBT students because their lifestyle is prohibited by the Bible. This has become a talking point across the states after a heated debate last month as to whether schools that receive money from t
By Jake Patel
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The Will and Grace revival gets its premiere date and we can't wait

After months of waiting, NBC has confirmed that the Will and Grace season nine premiere will air on Thursday 28, September. The Sitcom will be aired on NBC during the 9/8c primetime block as part of the new NBC ‘must-see’ TV lineup. The anticipated series revival will air in between ‘The Good Place’and ‘Great News’. Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally will be reprising their old roles on the award-winning sitcom. Season nine of Will and Grace was originally set to ha
By Jake Patel
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Former Glee star comes out as trans and reveals name

A former Glee actor and singer has come out as trans, revealing his name as Jake Zyrus. Zyrus began work on the musical hit in its second season, starring in the role of Sunshine Corazon, a foreign exchange student. Glee was praised for its gay storylines, at a time when LGBT representation on TV was rarer than it is today. In 2013 the Glee star, known then as Charice Pempengco, came out as a lesbian. A year later during an interview with TV personality, Oprah Winfrey, Zyrus revealed his “so
By Jake Patel
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Three former RuPaul's Drag Race stars have teamed up to release a song

The AAA girls Willam, Courtney Act and Alaska Thunderf*ck team up again as they release a music video for their new single AAA. The pop filled video features the three queens dancing, wig changes, a trip to an American Apparel store, plenty of emojis and dance instructions. It should not be long before you start to see this dance routine in gay clubs across the country. The song itself is catchy and light hearted it’s the perfect song to kick start your pride celebrations. The track features
By Jake Patel
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Someone has made a Babadock dildo and you have to see it

The Babadook is being transformed into a novelty dildo named ‘BabaDong’. A Los Angeles-based special fx artist has started an Indiegogo campaign under the alias of Billy Raygun to get backing for the ‘BabaDong.’ The BabaDong is 7.5 inches in length from base to tip and will have a girth of 5 3/4 inches around its thickest parts, according to the campaign page. “The idea for the BabaDong hit me up recently (just in time for Pride month!),” he said. “I thought it would be a great way to put ou
By Jake Patel
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This country's LGBT community will have two competing prides after angry disagreements

There will be two pride parades this year in Serbia after division amongst the LGBT Community. Three Serbian LGBT organisations are organising a parade for June 24 separate from the traditional Pride held in Belgrade in September. The organisations claim that Belgrade Pride does not focus on the needs of the community. One Pride will take place from June 23 to 26 and another in September. The groups behind the June Pride are Egal, Loud&Queer and the Gay&Lesbian Info Centre. “We are not call
By Jake Patel
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No more loneliness! This elderly Indian man has set-up a group for 'seenagers'

Two LGBT activists in Mumbai, India have created a group dedicated to older gay men. The initiative, Mumbai Seenagers, is a first of its kind and will be a platform for gay men that older than 55 years. The initiative was started by LGBT activist Ashok Row Kavi and Dr Prasad Dhanhekar. “It is wonderful to see a large number of online and offline avenues for young gay men opening up in Mumbai, Dhanhekar told the Hindustan Times. “However, older gay men have their own battles to fight and most
By Jake Patel
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Openly gay drag wrestler set to make comeback in the UK this weekend

Openly gay Lucha Libre wrestler and three-time world champion Cassandro will be appearing in the UK this week. The 47-years-old, whose real name is Saúl Armendáriz, is making his comeback to the ring after struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. “I’m an Exotico which means a flamboyant wrestler, and I’m gay as well,” Cassandro told Metro. Exotico’s are male wrestlers that dress in drag depicting gay caricatures. While most Exotico wrestlers are straight, Cassandro was one of the first to
By Jake Patel
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RuPaul is getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Drag icon RuPaul will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Sweet Cheeses! My heart is beating so fast right now!” tweeted the star after hearing the news. The move was announced on June 22 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Committee. Other television stars and celebrities awarded stars include Simon Cowell, Lynda Carter and the departed Steve Irwin – who was also known as the Crocodile Hunter. It was announced that LGBT ally and Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence will
By Jake Patel
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Italy just got its first transgender gondolier

Italy has its first transgender gondolier. Alex Hai, formerly known as Alexandra Hai, is a feminist who fought to become what at the time was considered the first ever female gondolier in the country. Writing on Facebook, Italy’s first trans gondolier revealed: “I myself am not a woman. “It is inaccurate to refer to me as ‘she’ or Alexandra’ for any reason,” he continued. Hai told American radio show Radiolab that he was having sex-change surgery in San Francisco. The gondolier runs his own
By Jake Patel
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Private school faces closure for ignoring LGBT issues

A private Jewish girls school in Hackney, north London faces closure for not teaching students about homosexuality or gender reassignment. This is the third time in a row The Vishnitz Girls School, which teaches pupils aged three to eight, has failed its Ofsted inspection for failing to meet government requirements. The school does not give students a “full understanding of fundamental British values”, according to an Ofsted report. The report said that pupils “are not taught explicitly about
By Jake Patel
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This country's military wants to recruit more LGBT people

The Canadian military has announced plans to rebrand itself and recruit more women and members of the LGBT community. They hope this move will diversify the military and make it more inclusive to people from different communities. Lt.-Gen Charles Lamarre, the Chief of Military Personnel, told The Canadian Press that the military recruitment system is in need of an overhaul to make it more diverse, inclusive and attractive to Canadians. “Our population doesn’t look like all white guys,” Lamarr
By Jake Patel
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