First gay pride festival in China


This is a gay pride video from Riga, Latvia.

From the Shanghai Pride site, in Shanghai city, China:

Welcome to ShanghaiPRIDE, Shanghai’s first ever PRIDE festival to celebrate Shanghai’s diverse and quickly growing LGBTQI community. The fabulousness will ensue Sunday June 7 and finish on Sunday June 14, with a culminating all-day-all-night festival on Saturday, June 13. Everyone welcome!

Gay rights demonstration in the USA planned: here.

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  1. BBC

    Mayor vows to cut Gay Pride funds

    Mr Davies says he wants to stamp out political correctness

    The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has threatened to cut funding to the town’s
    Gay Pride event as part of his pledge to fight political correctness.

    Peter Davies, of the English Democrats, said: “My policy on gays and lesbians is
    very simple.

    “I don’t think councils should be spending money on them parading through town
    advertising their sexuality.”

    Doncaster Pride said the event, which attracts up to 8,000 people, would still
    take place on 16 August.

    A statement from the Doncaster Pride Committee said: “We believe everyone has a
    right to their opinion and if the newly elected mayor of Doncaster holds
    personal opinions about the staging of a Pride event in the borough we feel he
    is entitled to that view.

    The simple message is the show goes on…with or without support from Doncaster
    council
    Doncaster Pride statement

    “However, in the last two years we have brought over 6,000 visitors into
    Doncaster and anticipate an audience this year of up to 8,000.

    “These people spend money in Doncaster and come to enjoy a great day out.”

    The organisers said they had received “massive support” from other agencies,
    including South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Police, the
    Home Office and a number of trade unions.

    “The simple message is the show goes on. We as a committee are resolute in our
    aims to bring this event to Doncaster and will do so with or without support
    from Doncaster council.”

    Mr Davies said: “I have nothing whatsoever against gays and lesbians, what they
    do in their private lives is absolutely fine.

    “But I don’t see why councils should be spending money on that sort of thing.”

    Mr Davies has also stated he intends to cut funding for translation services for
    non-English speakers in the borough.

    The English Democrats say they want “English freedoms and values, not
    multiculturalism”.

    They also advocate withdrawal from the European Union, the “right to enjoy and
    celebrate Englishness”, an end to political correctness and an end to mass
    immigration.

    Party chairman Robin Tilbrook said: “Peter has done fantastically well, he’s
    fought a great campaign on the issues that really matter.

    “This is not only a great result for the people of Doncaster, it’s a great
    result for the people of England too. Peter is now truly the Boris Johnson of
    the north.”

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  2. Jun 7, 6:21 PM EDT

    Gay rights activist calls for march on Washington

    By JENNIFER DOBNER
    Associated Press Writer

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An activist who worked alongside slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk announced plans Sunday for a march on Washington this fall to demand that Congress establish equality and marriage rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    Cleve Jones said the march planned for Oct. 11 will coincide with National Coming Out Day and launch a new chapter in the gay rights movement. He made the announcement during a rally at the annual Utah Pride Festival.

    “We seek nothing more and nothing less than equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states,” Jones said.

    He stirred up a crowd of thousands just blocks from the Salt Lake City headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, part of a conservative coalition that worked last fall to pass California’s Proposition 8, which overturned a court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

    “I’ve got a message for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Jones shouted. “I’ve got two words from California … I’ve got two words for the prophet … Thank you. Thank you for uniting us. Thank you for galvanizing us.”

    Mormons were among the campaign’s most vigorous volunteers and financial contributors, giving tens of millions of dollars to back Proposition 8, which Jones said has helped awaken and unite the gay rights movement in all 50 states.

    Like many faiths, Mormons hold traditional marriage as a sacred institution. The church has been active in fighting marriage equality legislation across the U.S. since the 1990s and, in 2006, joined other faiths in asking Congress for a marriage amendment to the Constitution.

    Gay marriage is legal in six states. A handful of others allow civil unions for same-sex couples and about 40 either bar the recognition of same-sex marriage or have explicitly defined marriage – through legislation or constitutional amendments – as between a man and a woman.

    Jones was a protege of Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official, who was shot and killed by a fellow member of the Board of Supervisors in 1978. In the mid-80s Jones founded the NAMES Project, the AIDS memorial quilt that recognizes the more than 80,000 Americans who have died from HIV/AIDS.

    In an interview Friday, he said a confluence of events – a new president, the success of the movie “Milk” and Proposition 8 – makes this the right time to intensify the fight for equality.

    Since November, Jones said he has received hundreds of e-mails from Latter-day Saints who apologized and said they were uncomfortable or ashamed by the faith’s fight against Proposition 8.

    “It’s unfortunate that a church and a people who experienced persecution in the past could not come to some accommodation that would allow them to maintain their faith without so vociferously seeking to deny other people their rights,” Jones said.

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