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Students win court case against school that suspended them for wearing rainbow clothes
South Korean students attending the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary have won a court battle after the university suspended them for wearing rainbow clothes.
The students were initially suspended last year, after they wore rainbow clothing to a university chapel on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia.
The students wore the clothes to show their support for the LGBTQ community. However, the university was worried it would be seen as endorsing homosexuality, so they suspended the students.
Teen beaten bloody and called a 'f**king lesbian' by her friends
A teenage girl was allegedly attacked by her friends and called her a ‘f**king lesbian’ in the street.
Ellie-Mae Mulholland, 18, from Hull, UK, was taken to hospital after a confrontation with one of her friends. The fight reportedly started over £10 someone owed her on Monday 9 July.
According to Hull Live, the two attackers beat Mulholland and said ‘you are your girlfriend are going to get it ten times worse next time’.
Her sister Stevie-Leigh Ansell said she was left with a busted nose two black eyes and two big lumps on her head.
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Emmanuel Macron: Racism And Homophobia Will Not Be Tolerated At Soccer Matches
Denny’s stood up for a trans woman who was arrested after she used the bathroom
Raymond Braun on the importance of LGBTQ people knowing their history
The LGBTQ activist on his incredible new documentary, State of Pride.
Earlier this year, LGBTQ activist and social media influencer Raymond Braun commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with an educational and eye-opening documentary about the importance of Pride Month.
Teaming up with Oscar-winning director Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman (End Game), the one-hour long documentary follows Raymond as he travels to three diverse communities – Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama – and speaks to various members of the queer community about the month-long celebration.
We recently caught up with Raymond and discussed the lack of education surrounding our history, his personal queeroes and the importance of making sure Pride is a protest, as well as a celebration.
Bette Midler Responds to Trump's 'Psycho' Comment During NY World Pride Event: 'What is He Doing?'
Bette(r) late than never. Bette Midler reacted to Pres. Donald Trump's tweet calling the singer a "washed-up psycho" on June 4, after "The Rose" star accidentally posted a fake tweet mistakenly attributed to the commander in chief. "Now I'm going to tell you a little secret," Midler told the raucous crowd at the Javits Center in New York during her Saturday night headlining set during New York's World Pride main event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot.
Midler joked that she was surprised she was even invited after Trump's harsh lambasting on Twitter. "Just two weeks ago, I was a washed-up psycho," she quipped. "Happily, I have recovered completely, and there's something that I learned from my president's lunatic attack," she added, before dropping into her beloved hit "Friends."
Millions celebrate LGBTQ pride in New York amid global fight for equality: organizers
Millions lined the streets of New York on Sunday to wave rainbow flags, celebrate the movement toward LGBTQ equality and renew calls for action in what organizers billed as the largest gay pride celebration in history.
Event organizers and city officials said 150,000 parade marchers and up to 4 million visitors commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that triggered the modern LGBTQ movement, with corporate sponsorship and police protection that would have been unthinkable half a century ago.
Reuters could not independently verify the crowd estimate.
Tensions between trans women and gay men boil over at Stonewall anniversary
Similar parades were being held around the world, with celebratory events in liberal democracies and growing fights for equality in other places.
Madonna closes Pride celebrations in NYC: 'I’m so proud and honored to share this...with you'
Army specialist comes out to military as gay during live broadcast of Pride parade
To celebrate the big spirit of Pride, LEGO created the world's tiniest Pride parade
LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Yonkers, New York, is commemorating this year’s historic Pride celebration piece by piece.
LEGOLAND is marking the 50th anniversary Stonewall uprising with an installation of “The World’s Tiniest Pride Parade,” to commemorate the birth of the modern LGBT movement in 1969.
Country star Jake Owen claps back at anti-LGBTQ commenter
Please "Believe" that Jake Owen will not allow people to diss the LGBTQ community.
The country singer took on an Instagram commenter who had words to say regarding Owen's latest song.
He recently debuted a preview of his cover of Cher's 1998 hit "Believe" on his official Instagram account.
"Some of my closest friends and coworkers, are part of the #lgbt community and I couldn't be more happy for the progress they have made," Owen wrote in the caption. "I'm inspired by people loving people no matter who you are."
AGT alum Brian Justin Crum: 'F**k you Donald Trump, you will not erase us'
America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum has a very special message for US President Donald Trump.
‘Fuck you Donald Trump,’ he exclusively told Gay Star News. ‘You will not erase us and you will not silence us.’
Crum then added: ‘My goals as a cisgender white male is to dive into my community and learn how I can be of better service to the queer people of color and trans community.
‘My heart is being pulled to activism and I just want to learn how I can be more of service,’ he said.
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Straight ‘Country Boy’ Cody Barlow Drove His Famous Rainbow Pickup Truck in Oklahoma City’s Pride Parade: PHOTOS
Straight ally Cody Barlow, who became internet-famous earlier this month after decorating his pickup truck in a rainbow flag to show that “not all country boys are bigots,” drove the truck in Oklahoma City’s Pride parade over the weekend. Photos of Barlow spreading joy sprang up on social media following the event.
The Right-Wing Is Weaponizing Gender Panic
The Trump Administration’s leaked gender memo, the recent transgender military ban, and the expansion of the global gag rule aren’t coincidences. They are part of a well-coordinated, funded global movement designed to control our communities by restricting the rights and bodily autonomy of women, LGBTQI communities, and people of color — eerily reminiscent of Reagan era oppressive tactics.
For LGBTQI communities, this kind of backlash is not new. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the Reagan administration demonized our communities, as did right-wing forces around the world, spreading the false notion of the "gay plague" and blaming men who have sex with men for the transmission of the HIV virus. LGBT people were denied equal access to healthcare, faced intense violence, were stigmatized, stripped of basic rights, and often forced into the shadows. But we fought back.
Today, we know the far-right are sewing those same seeds of paranoia, creating gender panic with the use of an intentionally ambiguous organizing framework termed "gender ideology"by some and "anti-gender ideology" by others. Originating in the 1990s, gender ideology is a construct that depicts efforts to expand rights for women, LGBTQI people, and people of color, as radical, dangerous, and elitist, arguing that we are a threat to traditional family values.
You don’t have to march at Pride to show your pride
I remember being squashed between a mass of people on one side and the glass window of a sushi restaurant on the other.
I remember grabbing a handful of rainbow flags and raising them above my head.
Then, I remember hearing the names of the fallen recited and repeated by a mournful crowd. I remember the London vigil for the Pulse shooting as if it was yesterday.
The events of that weekend shook me to the core and pushed me to make a commitment I’d been putting off for a while. I pledged to become a queer activist.
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From gay Nazis to “we’re here, we’re queer”: A century of arguing about gay pride
This month, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will join gay pride marches in cities big and small. In many cities, pride marches are controversial. In some—like Moscow—they are even banned. But for many people in North America, parts of Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere, attending the local pride march has become an unremarkable ritual of summer.
There are still good reasons to march. Few countries around the world have robust protections for gay and transgender rights. And pride marches, the LGBTQ political rallies that take the form of exuberant, outrageous parades, often meet hostile counterdemonstrators.
Integration or revolution? LGBTQ activists split over what Pride is all about
Cracker Barrel Tells Pastor His Church Is Not Welcome After Sermon Calling for Execution of Gay People
A Cracker Barrel restaurant in Tennessee turned away a pastor who preached anti-LGBT sermons, including that gay people should be executed by the government.
Grayson Fritts, a Tennessee pastor who is also a detective at the Knox County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, was planning a meeting with his church group at the Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tenn. on June 29. When the chain found out, Cracker Barrel refused to host them, citing the restaurant’s “zero tolerance policy for discriminatory treatment or harassment of any sort.”
LGBTQ+ Athletes Star in Powerful New Nike Film for Pride Month
Nike returns with a short film featuring several larger-than-life LGBTQ+ athletes for its BeTrue campaign during Pride month.
The film is a call to encourage athletes who dare to compete, whether or not they are on a level playing field with the other athletes in their sport. Professional athletes like WNBA star Sue Bird probably know a thing or two about the ways women are treated on and off the court, versus their male counterparts.
“For female athletes in a league that’s trying to grow in the U.S., the ‘rules’ we’re following are geared toward men,” Bird of the Seattle Storm, told Out on Wednesday. “So that might be the WNBA versus the NBA, and some of the ways they view us, or the standards they want to have. Things have always been done a certain way, and it’s never been thoughtful for different groups of people, so how can you succeed in that world?”
Gay Son Takes His Proud Dad to L.A. Pride
NYC park steps to become city’s largest Pride flag
Read Allen Ginsberg’s Annotations About the Early Years of the Gay Pride Parade
When the 1969 Stonewall Riots erupted in the Greenwich Village, Allen Ginsberg was elsewhere. But the legendary queer poet of the Beat Generation made his way downtown one day after the initial brawl that ricocheted from Christopher Street and across the country. Surveying the damage, Ginsberg recognized how Stonewall would change gay life by rendering undeniably visible the LGBTQ people of America. Discussing the riots, he is believed to have said, “You know, the guys there were so beautiful — they’ve lost that wounded look the [gay men] all had ten years ago.”
In 1984, Ginsberg took another chance to discuss the significance of the police raid. Speaking in the documentary Before Stonewall, his remarks were reflective and encompassing:
All of a sudden at the height of the anti-war movement, at the height of the black liberation movement, after the triumph of liberation of the word [the end of print censorship], all of a sudden the cops were in there again trying to bust some guys right in the center of Sheridan Square, the most bohemian traditional place in Greenwich Village!