NHL expands engagement efforts including Pride participation

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ally Braden Holtby at the Capital Pride parade June 8. Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros.

Hockey is for Everyone, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) cultural campaign, has evolved in a significant way over the past year. Originally an annual one-month campaign in February, the NHL shifted their strategy to a year-round community program for long-term engagement.

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey and the League’s global influence to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. NHL stakeholders guide the conversation at the league level and the campaign amplifies what NHL teams are already doing.

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The Stonewall Inn: 50 Years Ago

By : Mark Segal, Gay Liberation Front 1969-71
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That night, standing in Stonewall, I could not have imagined what the next few hours would do to change the gay and lesbian community around the world. I doubt anyone else could have known. How could we have known, on June 28th, 1969, that we’d be participating in history?

It started when the lights flickered on and off, alerting the patrons to something imminent, though I had no idea what. It was my second month in New York, my second month walking Christopher Street, my second month being an out and proud gay. Looking over at my friend, I asked what was happening and he said, nonchalantly: “Oh, it’s just a raid.” As an 18-year-old new to everything, his words were frightening.

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06.27.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Here we are again, the keystone of Pride around the world. We’ve celebrated Pride in Kissimmee and Polk County, and are still reveling in the joy that St Pete Pride brings. Now we turn to the event that started it all, Stonewall. This year is special, though. Stonewall turns 50 and the world is set to celebrate and honor the brave people who began a movement that would change lives for half of a century, with no signs of slowing down.

Stonewall 50 is going to be a massive event. The parade itself is expected to last longer than the average workday with over 150,000 participants and millions of spectators. My, how far we have come!

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More than 8,000 march in Kyiv Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Over 8,000 march in the Kyiv. (Photo via Twitter.)

More than 8,000 people participated in the Ukrainian capital’s annual Pride parade that took place on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported police kept parade participants separate from LGBTI rights opponents who protested the event. Officials said nine people were arrested during the parade, but Kyiv Pride Director Ruslana Panukhnyk told the Washington Blade there were “no major incidents.”

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PHOTOS: Disneyland Paris made Pride month history with ‘Magical Pride’ event

By : Jeremy Williams
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Disneyland Paris made LGBTQ history earlier this month when it celebrated Disney’s “Magical Pride,” the first Disney-organized and affiliated Pride celebration for the LGBTQ community in one of its theme parks.

The celebration took place on June 1 and featured a parade, exclusive character meet-and-greets and live musical performances from British pop group Years and Years, 80s French Disco queen Corine and LGBTQ icon Boy George, who performed a Pride-filled DJ set.

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City of Largo raises Pride flag in historical first

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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LARGO, Fla. | Advocates and allies gathered June 18 at Largo City Hall to raise the Pride flag in recognition of Pride Month, a historical first for the city of over 82,000.

“Happy Pride Month, Largo! The City of Largo is committed to building an inclusive community that is diverse, and respects and values the perspectives of all individuals,” officials shared via social media ahead of the gathering. They subsequently welcomed supporters to join them for the ceremony to “create an inclusive, equitable and compassionate community.” 

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PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Rays win Pride Night 2019

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | The Tampa Bay Rays triumphed over the Los Angeles Angels during the team’s annual Pride Night at Tropicana Field June 14.

A total of 21,598 Pride and sports enthusiasts attended the game, which began after Tampa Mayor Jane Castor threw the first pitch, Congressman Charlie Crist said a few words and fan favorite entertainer Jennifer Real sang the National Anthem. The Rays spent five innings behind at 4-0 before scoring five times in the sixth and adding four runs in the seventh, winning 9-4.

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Taylor Swift’s new single tells LGBTQ haters to ‘calm down’

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Taylor Swift during her 1989 tour in Glasgow in June 2015. (Image by marcen27, from Flickr)

Taylor Swift released her latest single and it is a full-fledged Pride anthem!

The song, titled “You Need To Calm Down,” is the second single off Swift’s upcoming seventh studio album, “Lover.”

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17 Senate Dems demand answers from State Dept. on Pride flag ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A group of 17 Senate Democrats — including six presidential candidates — are demanding answers from the State Department on its commitment to LGBT human rights in the aftermath of its decision to bar the flying of Pride flags at U.S. embassies.

In a letter dated June 13 to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Senate Democrats led by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) asserts that barring the Pride flag from the official flagpole at U.S. embassies “is sending a powerfully negative message to the rest of the world about the U.S. commitment to LGBTI human rights.”

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Pence backs ban on Pride flags at U.S. embassies

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Vice President Mike Pence, who’s widely known for having a notoriously anti-LGBT record, has signaled his support for a State Department policy barring the display of Pride flags on the official flagpoles at U.S. embassies.

In an interview Monday with Kristen Welker and Josh Lederman at NBC News, Pence reportedly said the State Department policy against Pride flags is “the right decision.”

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‘The Babadook’ gets limited-edition, Pride-themed Blu-ray release

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“The Babadook” is getting a Pride makeover.

IFC Midnight and Shout Factory have teamed up to release rainbow-themed slip covers for a limited-edition Blu-ray of “The Babadook.” There are only 2,500 copies available. The LGBTQ Pride Blu-ray disc is available for purchase for $19.99. A portion of all proceeds in June will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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Police: Motorist hits Delaware gay pride parade organizer

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DOVER, Del. (AP) | Police say a 90-year-old Delaware man refused to detour around a gay pride parade and plowed into an organizer trying to wave him away.

The Dover Police Department said the motorist’s pickup knocked down the 43-year-old man, who suffered leg injuries after the Saturday morning confrontation.

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