USA:- 2017 Pride Parades Swap Celebration For Protest

In late June 1970, the New York Times reported on the first Gay Pride Parade, held a year after the Stonewall riots.

Thousands of young men and women, homosexuals from all over the Northeast marched from Greenwich Village to the Sheep Meadow in Central Park yesterday proclaiming “the new strength and pride of the gay people.”

From Washington, Boston and Cleveland, from Ivy League colleges, from Harlem, the East Side and the suburbs, they gathered to protest laws that make homosexual acts between consenting adults illegal and social conditions that often make it impossible for them to display affection in public, maintain jobs or rent apartments.

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Transwomen “Can’t Be Real Women” Says BBC Radio Star

 

Jenni Murray, one of the UK’s best-known radio broadcasters  and long-term presenter of the iconic BBC series Woman’s Hour, has caused a storm by suggesting that transwomen can’t be “real women”. Writing in The Sunday Times, she said “it takes more than a sex change and make-up” to “lay claim to womanhood”. Continue reading “Transwomen “Can’t Be Real Women” Says BBC Radio Star”

Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops

“When someone feels they can’t come out and suppresses their feelings, they are afraid, and fear paralyses you…They cannot give their best. And we cannot afford that.”

Given her…er…somewhat right wing reputation, some will find it hard to believe that Germany’s Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen actually said this earlier this week at a conference about Diversity and LGBT issues in the military.  She’s a member of Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, which – while supporting civil partnerships – has so far refused to allow same-sex marriage in Germany. Continue reading “Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops”

USA:- National Pride March set for Washington on June 11th

The National Pride March on Washington now looks set to go ahead, on the weekend already set for Capital Pride (8th – 11th June).

It was a spur of the moment idea – and a good one – which Brooklyn resident David Bruinooge floated on Facebook while watching the Women’s March.  The Capital Pride team have worked with Bruinooge to develop the march plans further.  As Queerty reports, “this would mark the first large-scale LGBTQ march on Washington since the National Equality March in 2009”.  Continue reading “USA:- National Pride March set for Washington on June 11th”