Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned Pride march

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered July 1 for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row.

Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The organizers released a statement saying the city’s ban would not deter them from marching peacefully.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Still McBitter

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St. Petersburg business owner Kevin McBride of the “high-end men’s resale shop” McB’s doesn’t have much Pride.

McBride first made waves with the local LGBTQ community with a series of homophobic attacks last year after Mayor Rick Kriseman’s re-election. He opted to do so again during St. Pete Pride June 24.

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Cuomo issues order against anti-trans discrimination in health care

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order against anti-trans discrimination in health care. Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers.

As New York celebrated Pride, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a series of actions to assure transgender people in the state have access to health care, including transition-related care such as gender reassignment surgery.

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Tiffany Trump celebrates Pride in NYC with friends

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tiffany Trump celebrated Pride in New York City with friends over the weekend as chronicled in a series of Instagram posts.

Trump’s fashion designer friend Andrew Warren posted a photo of himself posing with the POTUS’ second oldest daughter outside of SoHo House captioned “Happy Pride Saturday.”

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Pride Rooftop Disco with Mystic Bill, Richard Vasquez, & Jesse Walker

By : Maia Monet
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Join us just blocks away from the St. Pete Pride Parade at one of the city’s hidden gems, Station House, for a Pride Rooftop Disco featuring Chicago and New York originals Mystic Bill and Richard Vasquez alongside Salt Lake City’s Jesse Walker and host Adriana Sparkle. These talents combined have worked with Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan, performed alongside Crystal Waters, held the booth at the legendary Studio 54, and even DJ’d a Winter Olympics. Local artists Melanie Posner and Jerry Cahill have curated a talented group of Tampa Bay’s brightest and most colorful visual artists to showcase their work. Over 15 LGTBQ+ artists and allies’ work will be open to the public on the 2nd floor, with other pieces displayed throughout the building. This daytime affair is the perfect pre-party for the parade. Afterwards, the night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing at Ichicoro Ane.

Pride Rooftop Disco with Mystic Bill, Richard Vasquez, & Jesse Walker

By : Maia Monet
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Join us just blocks away from the St. Pete Pride Parade at one of the city’s hidden gems, Station House, for a Pride Rooftop Disco featuring Chicago and New York originals Mystic Bill and Richard Vasquez alongside Salt Lake City’s Jesse Walker and host Adriana Sparkle. These talents combined have worked with Paradise Garage’s Larry Levan, performed alongside Crystal Waters, held the booth at the legendary Studio 54, and even DJ’d a Winter Olympics. Local artists Melanie Posner and Jerry Cahill have curated a talented group of Tampa Bay’s brightest and most colorful visual artists to showcase their work. Over 15 LGTBQ+ artists and allies’ work will be open to the public on the 2nd floor, with other pieces displayed throughout the building. This daytime affair is the perfect pre-party for the parade. Afterwards, the night continues with dinner, drinks, and dancing at Ichicoro Ane.

Pride on Edge: A pop-up gay bar and nightclub experience

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Love is magic and we’ll be celebrating both as I Love the Burg St. Pete, Uniqorn, and OpenHouse ST. PETE welcome revelers to Pride on Edge, St. Pete’s first pop-up gay club experience for TWO NIGHTS ONLY.

This is not your typical pride party. The magical Uniqorn touch means an experience that’s never over the top, but hardly comfortable playing it safe.

We’ll be popping up on the fringes of downtown in one of its coolest up and coming neighborhoods, the Edge District. OPENHOUSE’s new and unique event space provides the perfect blank canvas for a weekend full of music, lights, dancing, drinks, DJs, and other colorful entertainment.

A portion of proceeds go to benefit Metro Wellness & Community Centers in support of their essential LGBTQ, transgender, and youth programs.

06.14.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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We live in an age where it can be easy to forget your pride. The White House certainly does. Even with orange prominently displayed in our flag, the current administration declined to issue a proclamation acknowledging LGBTQ Americans for the second year in a row.

The Pentagon followed suit, opting for the first time since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to not formally acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month. It was a bold reflection of the administration’s ever-looming transphobic military policies.

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Awkward tension as Pentagon hosts Pride while pushing to ban trans members

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pride is supposed to be a time for celebration, but there was palpable tension Monday at the annual Defense Department Pride event as LGBTQ civilians and members of the armed forces recognized the occasion.

The event — hosted by DOD Pride, an affinity group for LGBTQ Pentagon employees — has been held each year within the Defense Department since 2011 when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal was certified. But the elephant in the room was President Trump’s transgender military ban. It was the first such celebration since Trump announced in July 2017 on Twitter he’d ban transgender service members “in any capacity.”

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With changes to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend coming in 2019, we look back on the history of Gay Day

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Outside of Pride parades and festivals, one could argue that no other LGBTQ event in the world is as recognizable as the one that occurs on the first Saturday in June every year at the happiest place on Earth.

Gay Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom has gone through many changes and obstacles in its 28-year history. What began as one day at the park ballooned into multiple days of events from many groups who bring circuit parties, concerts, expos and pool parties every year that encircle the original event and carry the same message of visibility that Gay Day at Magic Kingdom was founded on.

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More than 2 million attend São Paulo Pride parade

By : Felipe Alface OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SÃO PAULO — More than two million people attended São Paulo’s annual Pride parade that took place on Sunday.

The theme for this year’s parade was “Elections: Our vote, our voice. Power to LGBTIQ+ people.”

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U.S. agencies to celebrate Pride month, but without Cabinet secretaries

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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With Pride month approaching, many U.S. agencies in the second year of the Trump administration are continuing plans to hold celebrations for their LGBT workers, although Cabinet leaders will be absent and some annual events are in question.

The absence of Cabinet leaders at these events stands in contrast to the Obama years when they were featured speakers at the celebrations, wished LGBT federal workers a happy Pride and reflected on the significance of the annual event.

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